St. Petersburg
59° 56' 23.3952" N, 30° 18' 52.416" E
General info: 

The Hermitage is the biggest art museum in Russia and is one of the must-visit places in St. Petersburg. The reasons don’t lie only in the vast collection of the works of art of Da Vinci, Rafaelo, Van Gogh, Rembrant, and others, but also in the history of the museum building itself.

The main museum hall, the Winter Palace was built in the 18th century as a residence of the Russian emperor, Tsar Peter the Great, but it also was the place where Russian monarchy came to an end. This was the place where the royal family were held prisoners during the October Revolution. After that, the building became the part of the Hermitage museum.

Getting there: 

The Hermitage museum is located at the 2, Dvortsovaya Square, or Dvortsovaya Ploshchad as the Russians would say. It is just a hundred meters from the Nevsky Prospect and the metro stations in that street. The closest one is the Admiralteyskaya subway station.


The admission ticket costs 400 roubles for non-Russian visitors.

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