It is said that St. Petersburg is the only city in Russia to have no official city centre. Seeing Nevsky Prospekt might make you want to disagree. Everything one could wish from a city as a tourist can be found along this avenue.
Four kilometres long and 25 metres wide, it stretches all the way from the Admiralty to Moscow Railway Station. It is swarmed by, not only shopping, entertainment and nightlife, but also historic monuments, buildings and other attractions. Some of St. Petersburg’s most impressive buildings can be found along it. It is worth mentioning Dom Knigi, the largest bookstore in the city. This was once the headquarters of the Singer sewing machine company. From the upper half of Nevsky Prospekt, you are also close to the Church of Our Savior On Spilled Blood as well as Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.
Along Nevsky Avenue In St. Petersburg’s early days, the Nevsky Avenue was nothing more than the beginning of a road to the ancient city Novgorod and Moscow. This did not last long. Beautiful buildings, squares and bridges rose along it and it quickly became the heart of the city.
Today, it is still the buzzing hub of St. Petersburg and said to be the most famous street in Russia. Besides attractions, there are more shops along Nevsky Prospekt than it is possible to handle in one day. The avenue easily beats competition from most of the other shopping streets in Europe, when it comes to captivating and interesting shops. This even included the famous Oxford Street in London. You can find many souvenir shops, selling things which are typical Russian, but still it is not as commercial as these kinds of streets often are.
You will also be spoilt for choices when it comes to restaurants, and it is safe to say that the street never sleeps, with nightclubs and bars nestled along it. Radisson Sonya Hotel St. Petersburg Hotel is centrally located and no more than a mere 20 minute walk along Liteynyy Prospekt from Nevsky Avenue. This makes it a perfect place to stay for anyone wanting to explore the unofficial city centre and city life in St. Petersburg.