Lake Ladoga is the largest lake in Europe and the second largest in Russia. However, this is not the only reason why it is worth visiting! The coast of Lake Ladoga is full of incredibly historical places. There you can plunge into the Middle Ages, Tsarist times and the harsh times of the Great Patriotic War, when the "Road of Life", which connected the besieged Leningrad with the rest of the country, was operating on Ladoga Lake. Besides, during the trip you will be able to visit a bison-house and a cheese farm, where you can't do without tasting local cheeses. And of course, Lake Ladoga is a natural landscape and beauty, where you can escape from the city bustle!
Rent a car and go on an interesting journey to Ladoga Lake. This day is rich in places where you will feel the spirit of history, touch the relics of the Great Patriotic War and see the legendary buildings.
The first stop is Oreshek Fortress (Shlisselburg). Leave the car near the crossing. The only way to get to the fortress is by ferry.
The Old Russian fortress, founded in 1323, keeps a centuries-old history. It is necessary to visit together with excursion so it is possible to learn many interesting things. The fortress is open for visiting from May 1 to October 31.
Favourite place for many residents and guests in Schlisselburg. Delicious dishes, large portions, cozy atmosphere and beautifully arranged area.
The historical memorial, an object of cultural heritage, symbolizes the ring of blockade and the "Road of Life". The minimalistic monument sings a feat of courage and firmness of the defenders of the siege city. It is a very strong place of eternal memory!
One of the few remaining beacons of the old Ladoga. It has a centuries-old history: it was built in the early 20th century, during the siege of Leningrad was a "guiding star".
At the foot of the lighthouse there is a small but clean and cozy sandy beach. Here you can find activities for every taste: organize a photo shoot, swing on a specially equipped swing, play volleyball, enjoy nature, sunbathing and swimming (if the weather allows).
The "Road of Life" is the only way to connect the besieged Leningrad with the rest of the country. It's a legendary place. It is a modern and interesting museum that will not leave anyone indifferent.
After visiting the museum we go to the famous village Toksovo to finish the day there. The place is rich in its own attractions, such as the Kirch of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul - Lutheran Church, a cultural heritage site. On weekends, organ concerts are held there.
You can park your car near the Lutheran Church and walk to the restaurant to get acquainted with Toksovo. For dinner you will be offered a huge selection of dishes to suit all tastes, but many advise to try a delicious shish kebab - the business card of the restaurant. Payment only in cash.
We will have breakfast with bison, visit a cheese farm, where we will taste different types of cheese and continue to plunge into centuries-old history. A day full of surprises!
Perfect place to start a new day. Here you can have breakfast, see and feed the bison, go horseback riding, enjoy nature and fresh air. Favorite place for many St. Petersburgers.
A unique place to buy fresh farm produce or order a farm tour and cheese tasting. The cost of up to 4 people - 1850 rubles. Duration of 1 hour. You should make an appointment for the excursion in advance, by phone on the farm website.
Restaurant for lovers of Russian cuisine. The chef cooks great fish, meat, soups. Home-like, cozy and delicious.
Russian medieval fortress of the 13th century, which has been under both Swedish and Finnish influence for centuries. Partially destroyed, so it is worth visiting as soon as possible.
The courtyard of the famous Valaam Monastery. It is worth at least a short peek to plunge into a quiet, beautiful, green corner and feel the spirit of tranquility. This place is called "an oasis among industrial places".
The beachside restaurant with its beautiful views, modern eco-design and delicious European cuisine is definitely worth your attention and is the final stop on this two-day trip. After dinner we head back to St. Petersburg.
A short stop in the countryside, so the road doesn't seem so long!