Along the Nevsky avenue you can find many museums, offices, restaurants, companies, theatres and cinemas. People come here to work, to do shopping, to sit quietly in a cafe or just to wander around. Today’s Nevsky is the city’s shopping centre and the focus of its entertainment and street life; Nevsky has also been celebrated in the literature and art many times: in a way this main vein of the city represents and sums up many of its characteristic features – do not forget to experience this and feel the pulse of the city!
The avenue stretches in a straight line of two and a half kilometers (one and a half miles), from the Admiralty to Ploschad Vosstanija (Uprising Square). From here after a gentle right turn, it is another two kilometers (one mile) to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. The most interesting section of this delightful avenue lies between the Admiralty and the Fontanka river, presenting a fine mixture of styles. Each and every one of these houses has experienced something of St.-Petersburg’s history.
While strolling along Nevsky avenue you will certainly notice a lot of different churches of various Christian denominations in a short distance; among them were and still are Catholic, Armenian, Lutheran, and Dutch (only the last was never reopened after the Soviet era): in tsarist times, Nevsky avenue was nicknamed “the street of religious toleration”.
Be sure to stop by one of the bridges and enjoy a boat tour of rivers and canals of St.-Petersburg! Local vaporettos will be easy to find. Planning the city in 1703, Peter the Great had Venice in his mind as an example: he wanted the numerous rivers and canals to play the role of arterial roads. That is why all the major sights can be accessed by water.