The Peter and Paul Fortress Tour
The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Initially the fortress was wooden. In the early 1920s, it was used as a prison and execution ground by the Bolshevik government.
Our guide will show you the cathedral which houses the remains of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. You will also enjoy the view of the Neva River and the Hermitage.
Every day at 12p.m. a cannon fires a blank shot, this tradition originates from Peter’s epoch.
There is a beach in front of the fortress where you will see citizens sunbathing in the summer or so-called ‘walruses’ swimming in the frozen Neva River in the winter.