From St. Petersburg by train: what to see in the Leningrad region in summer

From St. Petersburg by train: what to see in the Leningrad region in summer

In summer, when the hot sun does not allow you to comfortably enjoy the architecture of St. Petersburg, many tourists tend to leave the city and go to nature, stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

A huge number of attractions are concentrated in the northern capital, but not everyone knows that there are also many interesting places in the Leningrad Region that can be explored in one day. In this article we will tell you what you can see in the Leningrad region in the summer if you decide to take a short trip from St. Petersburg by train.

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Many of you have already been to Peterhof, but it is worth visiting again, especially in summer. This is one of the most beautiful places near St. Petersburg, famous for its fountains, parks and palaces.

One day is enough to study the whole of Peterhof. During this time, you will have time to see the palaces, walk along the cascades of fountains and relax in the shade of trees.


Gatchina is a small town located 46 kilometers from St. Petersburg. Here is the famous Gatchina Palace, which was built by 1781 for Grigory Orlov, a favorite of Catherine II.

The palace is designed in a laconic style, combines elements of a medieval castle and a country estate. Interestingly, the Gatchina estate and lands were presented to Orlov as a thank you from the Empress for her help in the palace coup. After the death of Grigory Grigoryevich, the palace passed to Paul I, who in a few years himself would become a victim of a new palace coup.


Sestroretsk is another small town located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Here you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and other resort activities.

On the territory of Sestroretsk there are springs with therapeutic mud and mineral water. The town is ideal for those who are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city and want to enjoy the clean sea air with a coniferous aroma.


Shlisselburg is a medieval town in the Kirovsky district of the Leningrad region. Here you can visit the famous Oreshek Fortress, which was built in the 14th century, as well as the museum-reserve “Breaking the Siege of Leningrad”.


Priozersk is a small town located on the shore of Lake Ladoga and built at the end of the 13th century. Here you can enjoy beautiful views of the famous lake, visit the Korela fortresses, and also look into the Lutheran church.

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