Saint Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg Gardens and Museums Tour

Andrew Shiva

This is THE must-do run in St. Petersburg! Many of the city’s sightseeing and architectural highlights are its significant squares and gardens, several built around famous palaces, residences, and museums. Seeing these St. Petersburg highlights makes for a fantastic 9 km run along the grand, wide-open paths of the Summer Garden, Field of Mars, Mikhailovsky Garden, Mikhaylovsky Square, Palace Square & the Hermitage Museum, and Aleksandrovskiy Garden. Paths along the river embankment connect these spots.

Field of Mars. Alexander Shiva
Now, our map for the route might look a little confusing…but it’s actually quite easy to design your own route around these signature spots, choosing your own paths and alleys. Just use this as a guideline! We start at the Marble Museum Palace Embankment. Run away from the river for 1 km along the paths of the Field of Mars, a formally laid-out park on former military ground, with burial sites & monuments to revolutionaries. Cross the river and run into the lovely Mikhailovsky Garden, running west along this landscaped city garden toward the iconic Savior on the Spilled Blood church. Choose waterside or interior walking paths. At the Church, turn LEFT along the river, run by

Palace Square
the Russian Museum, and run through Mikhaylovsky Square, a small park. Head EAST, toward Engineer’s Square, and then back toward the river along Klenovaya Ulitsa for the spectacular approach to St. Michael’s Castle, passing the Monument to Peter 1. Run around the square/grounds there, and then along the Fontanka river embankment into the formally landscaped Summer Garden, which is about 1 km down to the river. Here, at the 4 km mark, head west along the river path for 1 km to the Hermitage Theatre. Here, you’ll do a ~2.5 km loop around the Hermitage Museum grounds, Palace Square, the Winter Palace Garden, and then west through Aleksandrovskiy Garden/Park. At the western end of the park, turn along the path toward the river and the Bronze Horseman, a city landmark commissioned by Catherine the Great, named for a Pushkin poem & completed in 1782. The final 2 km is back east along the river paths.

Add-Ons: Enjoy additional paths in the parks and gardens. Can also add with paths along the embankments of the Neva River, Moyka River, and Fontanka River.

Essentials
  • 9.2 km (5.7 mile) loop. Can add on with additional park paths and river paths
  • Marble Palace or any spot
  • Good transport access along most of route