In Sestroretsk, you can find not only beaches on the bay and Razliv, but also an ecological path through a swamp and a park founded in the time of Peter I. You can also see the hut of Vladimir Lenin there or do a dip in a mineral water pool.
In the circle of guides in the suburbs of St. Petersburg “Paper” talks about day trip instructions. Here you will find hiking trails, informal attractions and places to eat – with guest reviews. Read other guides at the link.
Sestroretsk was founded in 1714, in 1925 took over the status of the city and is now officially part of St. Petersburg: a municipality within the city in the Kurortny region.
The city is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, next to which is the Sestroretsky Razliv – an artificial lake created during the reign of Peter I of two dams: the Sestra and the Chernaya.
Buses and minibuses to Sestroretsk depart from Chernaya Rechka, Ploshchad Lenina, Grazhdansky Prospekt and Staraya Derevnya metro stations. Travel time is from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the route, you can check the program here.
There are two ways to get from the center of St. Petersburg to Sestroretsk: along the highway Primorskoye or along the Western High Speed Diameter (WHSD). In each of these cases, the trip will take approximately 40 minutes and you will need to pay tolls at WHSD.
There are many beaches in Sestroretsk on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, the most famous being Sestroretsky Beach, located behind Upper Park. Guests can use the bells, and there are also choke rentals and windsurf equipment on the beach. Two kilometers from this beach there is another well-known location – the nudist beach “Dunes”, where the lovers of sunbathing without clothes gather. MP Vitaly Milonov called for the closure of the Dunes in 2014, but judging by the comments on social media, nudists are still gathering on this beach.
– The beach is quite clean, the sand is pleasant, there are many buckets and benches, there are kiosks, there is a free toilet nearby (you have to hold your breath). You can buy fast food in the parking lot.
Igor S (about “Dunes” beach)
– The best nudist beach in St. Petersburg! Clean, nice entrance to the water.
“Dubki” is the central park of Sestroretsk, founded in the early 18th century by decree of Peter I. The emperor ordered many thousands of oaks to be planted here and a summer palace to be built, this building has not survived to this day. The total area of the green zone is about 61 hectares. In summer, guests can rent boats, catamaran, bicycles and velomobiles. In addition, several tennis courts and an equestrian center were built in the park. Next to the green area is Dubkovsky beach.
– A very picturesque and well equipped park! There are oaks, and the bay, and playgrounds, and fast food kiosks, and shops. Well-kept space and walking paths. Admission to the park is free, next to the beach near the park there is a fairly spacious free parking.
A great place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city!
The sanatorium in Sestroretsk was opened in 1900 at the suggestion of Peter Avenarius, one of the founders of the Primorskaya Railway. It was the first resort of its kind in northwestern Russia; a railway line was moved to it. The sanatorium remains open today: guests are offered a pool with mineral water, as well as wellness programs, the cost of living starts from 4 thousand rubles a day. The resort is also popular as a place for walking – pines grow in the area and many pre-revolutionary buildings have survived to this day. Some of Sestroretsk’s historic homes are close to Sestroretsk Resort, such as Vazhevskaya’s wooden dacha or Ludomir Zmigrodsky’s country house, built in 1902 in a neo-Russian style. Unfortunately both houses are very dilapidated.
“A great place to walk any time of the year. Pine forest, sandy beach, manicured area, excellent sea air. The sanatorium has a long history: Gorky and Chaliapin rested and received treatment here.
An artificial lake of 12 square kilometers was created for the needs of the Sestroretsk weapons factory in the 1720s, dam of the rivers Chernaya and Sestra. People often fish and swim in Razliv: Rospotrebnadzor is not a swimming pool, but the water here is warmer than in the Gulf of Finland, so many people ignore the department’s advice. There are many beaches on the banks of the reservoir – for example, Officers Beach, located in the city center. In addition, the Sestroretskoye Boloto Nature Reserve and the Shalash Museum are adjacent to Razliv, which runs from Svoboda Square to Sestroretsk in the summer.
– Very cool beach. There are cabins, shower, drinking water, small parking space. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach is at the level of good foreign beaches in Bulgaria or Greece, for example.
“Shalash” is a museum complex dedicated to the events of 1917, when Vladimir Lenin and Grigory Zinoviev hid in a hut on the shores of Razliv by the services of the Provisional Government. In 1927, a monument designed by Alexander Gegello was erected on the site of “Ilyich’s last basement” and in 1964 a museum pavilion was built nearby. The Petrograd-1917 exhibition is open inside the building and next to the building you can see sculptures of Vladimir Lenin. In Sestroretsk, there is another museum dedicated to Lenin – the “Shed” at 3 Emelyanov Street. The museum is a wooden barn of the Bolshevik worker Nikolai Yemelyanov. Lenin hid there from the police before moving to a hut.
Once a place of worship, there are now dismantled monuments to Lenin, among which you can walk the alleys. And a very good interactive museum – the exhibition classifies the chronology of the events of 1917.
– The exhibition includes a model of the hut in which Lenin and Zinoviev lived, a commemorative inscription on the site of a real hut and a small but interesting and beautiful exhibition. It is partly dedicated to the turbulent events of 1917, partly to the history of Sestroretsk and partly to the history of the museum itself.
The first wooden church of Peter and Paul in Sestroretsk was built in the 1720s and soon burned down. Later, the stone churches of Peter and Paul were built in the city, the last of which was demolished in the 1930s. The modern church on the Petrovskaya embankment was built in 2009 in memory of the Russian submarines. The building was stylized as old Russian ecclesiastical architecture, next to it there is a small green area with a wooden monument to the “first submarine”.
– Wonderful place, nice cathedral and the environment around it. Near the submarine monument and the obelisk of the dead submarines. The duck swamp is also beautiful and invites for a walk.
The area of the natural reserve on the banks of the Sestroretsky Razliv exceeds 1.8 thousand hectares – this is the largest protected natural area within the boundaries of St. Petersburg. Most of the “Sestroretsky swamp” is occupied by peat bush and trees, five species of amphibians, 162 species of birds and 19 species of mammals live in the reserve – for example, short-eared owls and muskrats. A 3.5 km long wooden ecological path has passed through the swamp, in some places there are viewing platforms and stops with information about the reserve.
– A good road along Razliv, with beautiful views and fresh air, to the sound of birds singing and the sound of waves. You can walk or ride a bike or scooter. First the beach and Razliv, then there will be a beautiful pine forest. In the spring, you can watch an interesting event – the migration of frogs from the swamp to Razliv for spawning.
The Sestroretsky Frontier is an exhibition complex on the site of the fortified area of Karelia, built on the border of the USSR and Finland in the 1930s. The museum includes artillery half capone “Elephant”, as well as various firing points and anti-tank hedgehogs. Excursions for the guests of the complex take place on weekends, you can explore the area yourself on other days.
– A wonderful place, full of military history of Sestroretsk. There is a shelter and many exhibits: old defensive fortifications, towers and tank hulls. There is a separate area with obstacle course, kiosks with benches and tables for dining.
– The museum is very interesting, but it is only open on weekends or by appointment. Before traveling, check the website or by phone if there will be access inside on a specific day.
The most famous restaurant in the Sestroretsk region is Aram Mnatsakanov’s Fish at Dacha Restaurant, which serves Italian, Russian and Oriental cuisine: from pizza to mini khinkali with beef. You can reach it on foot from the Sestroretsk Frontier or the Kurort railway platform, you have to walk 2-3 km.
There are restaurants and cafés in Sestroretsk itself: for example, at Volchek Bakery you can eat pastries, Café Mesto Vstrechi offers coffee and desserts, and the Bellevue Brasserie restaurant with European cuisine is open at the Skandinavia country club.
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