All Saint Petersburg games of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held on the new stadium “Saint Petesburg” on the Krestovsky island. The arena is built on the place of the legendary stadium of Kirov and nevertheless the hard history of building is now one the most spacious and modern stadiums of the country. During the football matches it will accommodate 68 000 fans. The stadium has perfect infrastructure: 8 cafes, 8 restaurants for 5 thousand seats, and more than 2 thousands of WCs including ones for disabled people. It is the tallest stadium in Russia – 79 meters high!
The World Cup matches in Saint Petersburg schedule
15th of June, Marocco – Iran, 18:00
19th of June, Russia – Egypt, 21:00
22nd of june, Brasil – Costa-Rica, 15:00
26th of June, Nigeria – Argentina, 21:00
3rd of July, 1/16 finals, 17:00
10th of July, semifinals, 21:00
14th of july, match for 3rd place, 17:00
Nation-wide “Georgian ribbon” event traditionally starts in the first week of May and thousands of people in Saint Petersburg carry it on the eve of 9th May. This is a touching date for every person in our country, irrespective of ethnicity. This is our memory and a sign of our gratitude to the soldiers, our fathers and grandfathers, who stood for the freedom of the Motherland in very hard conditions for 4 long years.
Getting ready for the World Cup
In a one and a half month Russia will greet the Football World Cup and the preparations of the infrastructure are getting to an end:
- Until 13th of May the Nevsky Avenue will be renovated;
- In the nearest weeks two Metro stations “Novokrestovskaya” and “Begovaya” will be opened;
- In the first half of May Betankur or Severny Bridge will be opened (through Malaya Neva);
- The former Terminal-2 of Pulkovo will be prepared to greet chartered flights with fans;
- Sport training facilities are mostly ready and are in Pavlovsk, Lomonosov and Zelenogorsk, the foreign teams will stay there.
Three park season openings
The fountains in Peterhof traditionally went live in the end of April. All parks and most museums now work by the summer schedule. The official opening is on 19th of May – The fountain festival accompanied by “Palace saga” performance.
In the Ekaterininsky and Alexandrovsky parks of the Tsarskoe selo the sculptures have started to get free of the winter “clothing” – special casings. Ekaterinisky park is being dried and will be open to the guests when the sunny and dry weather comes.
Pavlovsky park now works on the summer schedule. In the end of May here will be held traditional “Lilac promenade” with a concert.
On the Hotel Vera reception you can get the most actual information on the events and parks and palaces schedules, as well as the information on transportation to suburbs.
The Northern Capital has lots of interesting places which you should visit at least once during lifetime. We’d like to introduce to you a couple of places, and two stories, completely different, but united by time and style.
Art-Café “Stray Dog”
The cellar in the house 4 on Italyanskaya street during its creation – from 31st December 1911 until March 2915 – has become a legendary place, and some of its patrons will be named as The Silver Age geniuses afterwards. Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Nikolai Gumilyov, Igor Severyanin, Vladimir Mayakovskiy, Velimir Khlebnikov, Vsevolod Meierhold, Alexei Tolstoy, Konstantin Balmont liked to gather there, and this list can be continued. In 2012 the art-café “Stray Dog” celebrated it’s 100-year anniversary. During its century long lifetime the cellar changed externally, but the unique atmosphere is still here. Today they hold performances, concerts, and exhibitions here. The scene of art-cellar greets actors and singers, bands, program has lots of performances about the historical past of the café. The diverse menu includes the same dishes that were served to its legendary guests. The average admission fee – 1000 RUB, the address is still Italyanskaya street, 4.
From the Hotel Vera by trolley 5,7,11 to the stop “Kanal Griboedova”, then 5 minutes on foot.
Vitebsky Railway Station
The modern building of the Vitebsky Railway Station was opened on the 1st of August 1904. The metal cupola, marble stairways, stained-glass windows, mirrors and brass handles, ornament and stucco work on the walls, artistic panels – it was the first public building in the capital made in the Art Nouveau style. Apart from its magnificent architecture the Railway building stunned the passengers by such equipment as elevators, transporters and widely used electricity. It’s the only Railway Station where railroad goes through the upper floor. And it that state you can see it today. It’s the memorial to the Modern epoch which charms with its beauty. However, the history of Vitebsky (or Tsarskoselsky then) Railway Station, which was wooden then, goes to the year 1837, to the year of celebratory opening of the first Russian railway. The first locomotive of that time set the record – to Tsarskoye Selo in 35 minutes.
It’s better to get there by Metro: “Ploshad Vosstaniya” – “Pushkinskaya” (no route changes). The ground-level foyer of Metro station “Pushkinskaya” is near the Vitebsky Railway Station.
Everyone knows the history of the March holiday (which is noted by UN as the Day for the women rights), but there are places on Earth where this history is traditionally ignored. Here in Russia for example the 8th of March is the holiday of spring and beauty! This is the celebration for our mothers and loved women! On this day we give flowers, ask guests to come and set the tables. And by the way – Hotel Vera congratulates all women with the 8th of March! Be happy, loved and healthy, Dear women!
“Looking for a modern style. Leningrad experience. Second half of 50s – mid 60s.” exhibition has opened in the Mramorny palace. Visiting this exhibition is like an excursion to the Soviet past: these items we love and remember from the childhood, from the apartments and dachas of our grandparents and parents. The exhibition is composed from more than 200 items of arts and crafts, graphics, paintings and sculptures – the first signs of “modern style” in the Soviet art. As distinct from Stalinist Empire style and avant-garde these items should have been accessible for everyone and easily fit into the homes. Pictures, statuettes, dinnerware sets and other works of Leningrad artists started a new wave in arts – Soviet modernism. The exhibition is open until 16th of April, Tuesdays off. Address: Millionnaya street, 5/1.
From Hotel Vera on bus 46 to the stop “Suvorovsakaya ploshad”, then 5 minutes on foot.
“Boris Smelov” in the General Headquarters
The photographer Boris Smelov was known as a legend of Petersburg photography even while he was alive. His life was short, only 47 years (1951-1998), but his artistic expression of Petersburg is staggering and is equal to Brodsky poetry. The Smelov’s key genre is city landscape. Only 20 works in black and white, gifted to the Hermitage by collector N.N. Gordeev in 2015, compose this humble by the scale exhibition. But every one of them is amazing! Open until 1st of April, Mondays off.
From Hotel Vera on trolley 5, 7, 11 to the stop “Dvortsovaya Square”, entrance to the General Headquarters from the Dvortsovaya Square.
Events in February 2018
Winter fairwell or Maslenitsa Carnival is one of few folk celebrations that come from pagan ages. It doesn’t have a fixed date and is being held on the last week before Great Fasting of the orthodox calendar. On the Sunday of February 18th people will have outdoor parties with singing, dancing, jesters, blintzes and street fairs either in the city (Petropavlosvkaya fortress and Elagin Island), or outside of it in the parks of Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Gatchina. Join in!
Russia - my history
A new project dedicated to Russian history was launched in December. It’s called «Russia - my history» and covers the period from IX century to the present. It’s quite a unique project, because lots of information technology like projectors, screens, panels and the like have been used there. Pictures, old photos, documents, articles about history, videos and a lot of other multimedia stuff are available so that the visitors can actually see, feel and perhaps even understand the history of our Motherland. The exhibition takes place in a new museum. You can learn about Rurikovichs dynasty, Romanovs dynasty, and XX century. All those issues are represented with modern technologies. The museum provides visitors with loads of images and videos to make it easier to get the information and plunge into the atmosphere of the distant past and even get the sense of travelling in time.
The museum is located near Park Pobedy metro station on Basseinaya street 31. It’s open from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 till 20.00. Free admission until the 1st of April
From Vera Hotel on foot or by trolley bus to Ploshad Vosstania metro station, then to Park Pobedy metro station, then about ten minutes on foot to Basseinaya street 31.
February 10 Pushkin Memorial day
This year 10 February marks 181 years since the greatest Russian poet was killed in a duel. Pushkin Memorial Museum has prepared some traditional events for that special date. On that day the visitors to the museum might walk the way Pushkin contemporaries did in 1837. There will be two excursions: a bus trip to the place where the duel happened and the other from Pushkin’s flat to The Saviour’s Church where he was given last rites. Ceremonial meeting and performance of students of Theatrical Institute will take place in concert hall of the museum. The event begins at 12.00. Free admission.
From Vera Hotel by trolleybus №5, №7, №11 to the Moyka river Embankment, then 10 minutes on foot along the embankment to the house , then 10 minutes on foot along the embankment to the house № 12.
Happy 2018, friends! We wish you well-being and success in the New Year!
Please note the short list of the important events of 2018 in Russia:
Russian citizens can now get an electronic passport starting this year – a plastic analog of the usual one.
January 15-21 – Figure Skating European Championship is being held in Russia.
March 28 – Presidential Elections in Russia.
June 14 – July 15 – FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Two high-speed railways will be opened for World Cup: Saint-Petersburg – Moscow and Moscow – Yekaterinburg.
The automotive bridge across Kerchenskiy strait will be opened in December 2018, the railway bridge – in 2019.
The opening of Lahta-Center (the tallest skyscraper in Russia and Europe) is planned for the end of 2019.
Forums and exhibitions in Saint Petersburg in 2018:
March 20-22 – Saint Petersburg Technical Fair.
March 21-23 – International Forum “Ecology of Big City”.
April 6-8 – International Tourist Exhibition “Leisure Without Borders”
April 11-13 – International Pharmaceutical Exhibition “IPHEB Russia”.
April 25-27 - Russian International Energy Forum (RIEF)
May 24-26 – Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)
September 13-15 - Global Fishery Forum & Seafood EXPO
September 18-21 – International Convention and Exhibition “Kino EXPO”
October 2-5 – The 8th Saint Petersburg International Gas Forum
October 2-5 – “ROS-GAS-EXPO 2018”
October 2-5 – “Offshore Marintec Russia” Arctic Marine Technologies Exhibition
October 11-13 – “INWETEX-CIS Travel Market” Huge international tourism exhibition
November 13-16 – “PAP-FOR Russia” International forum for pulp and paper industry
November 28-30 – International Forum “Russian Manufacturer”
Don’t worry if you didn’t get the tickets for the matches on the stadium “Saint Petersburg”, the “Fan Fest” will be held from 14th of June until 15th of July near the huge screen on the Konyushennaya square where you can watch every match of the World Cup 2018. The space holds up to 15 thousand people and includes the nearest walking zone – partly Moika river embankment and Marsovo Pole. The entrance to the fan-zone is free for everyone – you can get there through the 6 portals equipped with special security measures for the safety of guests. Moreover, on the 12th of July there will be held a big concert – one of the headliners will be famous Russian singer Zemfira.
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