Tours in the factories of St. Petersburg

Tourists and residents of St. Petersburg and can visit the factories of the largest companies in the city with a guided tour. This is a unique opportunity to find out how the products of famous brands are made: cars, imperial china, drinks, sweets, and legendary watches.


6 useful tips for selling an apartment in Russia

If you are an apartment owner willing to sell your property in Russia you probably wondered how to best market your apartment for a quick sale. These tips below are used by professional real estate agents representing housing on the market to make an apartment more attractive.

Take great photos for your ad

The best photos of the interior are obtained with natural light in the afternoon when the sun is already dim. Sunny interiors are more advantageous than dark ones. Pictures taken with a wide-angle lens can visually increase the space. Make sure to include the only furniture and hide personal items so that the layout is clear. Also, do not forget to show the view from the window, the interior of the entrance, the exterior of the house. There must be at least ten photos in the ad for a small apartment and 12–20 for a spacious dwelling.

Create an apartment competent advertising

In the announcement of the sale of an apartment, it is necessary to describe its technical characteristics and competitive advantages. The text should highlight the indisputable advantages of the apartment: a fresh repair, a good view from the windows, a clean entrance, a concierge, etc. You can hook the buyer by emphasizing an interesting layout that will allow you to embody design ideas. For example, to make a living room of a large hallway, a dressing room instead of a closet, in two-level apartments you can equip an internal balcony or a library area above the first tier.

Apartment building in Russia

Set an adequate price for a property

Seller’s own apartment always seems more attractive than similar ones, so sellers often inflate the price. As a result, housing gets sits on the market for months. For sellers who have a poor market orientation, it’s better to turn to an experienced realtor. If the owner considers the price offered by the specialist not high enough, then you can act according to the following scheme: set the property for sale at the desired price for the seller, and then gradually reduce it every one to two weeks, waiting for the emergence of consumer interest. But it may take more time to sell an apartment in this case.

Clean and de-personalize an apartment

Before showing the apartment, you need to put it in order: do the cleaning, throw away all the “visual debris”. If there are signs of leaks on the walls and ceilings, they need to be painted over, the old wallpaper with stains should be replaced with a new one – even the cheapest option will do so long as it’s new. It is also advisable to remove personal items: family photos, drying clothes, groceries, etc. The apartment should be as close as possible to a hotel room.

How to sell an apartment in Russia

Let a buyer feel like a future apartment owner

There is another interesting approach that realtors use. It is good when there is an opportunity to meet a potential buyer at the entrance or stop to walk to the apartment, at the same time talking about the features of the area and the infrastructure. “Together you go up to the floor, hand the keys to him and say: “Open up”. The buyer, embarrassed, takes the keys and opens their future apartment. This technique helps buyers to feel like they are owners of the apartment, as well as to remove the barrier between the buyer and the seller. It would be nice to leave buyers for a couple of minutes alone so that they could walk in silence, get comfortable and think it through.

Prepare all paperwork

The ambiguities in the documents, the confusion in the rights of former and current owners, the “dark past” of the apartment may affect the buyer’s decision. Therefore, prepare the necessary documentation in advance. It is in the interests of the seller to provide the “evidence-based” as much as possible by demonstrating that problems with documents are resolved and legally everything is clean. Buyers can ask for the necessary documents at any stage of the transaction, even during the first viewing.


Best museums for children in Saint Petersburg

If you are planning a trip to St. Petersburg, but are not sure whether to bring children with you, I am in a hurry to dispel all doubts. The city has many amazing places for families with children, and in this article, there will be a list of the most interesting museums of St. Petersburg for children.

Grand Layout of Russia

The best way to show a child the whole country in miniature is to go to the Grand Layout Russia show-museum. It is located on Flower Street, building 16. An interactive journey can be made by train – true, toy. During the “trip” the night will change the day – the beauty of the country will appear in all its diversity. This is a unique educational project where you can see mountains and plains, steppes and taiga.

Each city is marked not only by landmarks. The exhibition presents pictures from life: the passengers gathered at the station – and waiting for the train, people having a family celebration, traders offer their goods. For a couple of hours in the museum, the child will get an idea about the features of Russia, its uniqueness and beauty.

The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00 (ticket office until 19:15), tickets can be purchased on the official website or on site.

Military Museum

A military history museum of artillery, engineering troops and communications troops of the Ministry of Defense. It is located in Alexander Park, Building 7. Among the exhibits are various types of weapons, military equipment, communications equipment. Here you can explore the entire history of Russian artillery from the XIV to the XX centuries. The museum presents the best examples of the art of gunsmiths in the world. The whole hall is dedicated to the Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.

The museum has not only modern weapons. Here are samples of the XV-XVII centuries: you can see the weapons of Western Europe in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance.

The external exhibition of the museum, which is located in the courtyard of the Peter and Paul Fortress crownwork is also very interesting for children. 250 weapons from ancient times to the present day can be seen in close proximity.

The museum is open from 11:00 to 18:00 daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays. Last Thursday of the month the museum is closed. The official website is

Zoological Museum

Since 1832, the Zoological Museum on University Embankment, building 1, introduces visitors to the diversity of the animal world in different parts of the world. There are more than 30,000 exhibits in its halls, some of which have been preserved since the time of Peter the Great.

It is better to start the excursion for kids from the hall of mammals, in which the small animals are particularly delighted by the large animals. For example, in the collection dedicated to the recent geological past of the Earth, there is a huge mammoth. And in the first hall in the section of marine animals – the skeleton of a twenty-seven-meter blue whale. Older children will like figures of walruses, seals and rhinos.

Museum open: Mnday, Wednesday-Sunday: from 11.00 to 18.00; ticket office closes at 16.50.

Visiting a fairy tale

The interactive museum “Interactive fairy tale”, which opened in the center of St. Petersburg in 2015, will become a real guide to the magical world. It is located on Malaya Morskaya, building 21.

The museum is designed for visitors from five years old. Here the technology is in the service of folk traditions: the heroes of Russian fairy tales – Koschey Bessmertny, Baba Yaga, Tsarevna Frog, bear Mihailo Potapych, Kolobok, Old Man and Old Woman, postman Pechkin and many others – come to life thanks to complex cybernetic devices. Mechanical robots can move, laugh and cry, tell stories, sing, and dance.

The museum is open from 12:00 to 22:00, visitors younger than 3 years old visit for free.


State Russian Museum in St.Petersburg

Russian Museum in St.Petersburg is the country’s first state museum of Russian art.


5 modern art galleries in Saint Petersburg you absolutely must visit

St. Petersburg is considered the city of museums for a reason. In the Russian city on the Neva, there are more than 250 museums and branches, including both state-owned modern museums with huge archives and private art galleries with original expositions.


Mikhailovsky Theater on the Art square in St.Petersburg

The Mikhailovsky Theater is younger than its competitors Mariinskiy and Alexandrinskiy, but its history is connected with the names of many famous stage masters. The world renowed stars like Fyodor Shalyapin and Johann Strauss, Matilda Kshesinska and Jacques Offenbach performed here.


Mariinsky Theatre: the best venue to see opera or ballet in Saint Petersburg

If you are traveling to Saint Petersburg and love opera or ballet, then you probably want to visit the Mariinsky Theatre, the oldest Russian musical theater located in Saint Petersburg. Having come to the performance, you will not only enjoy the play but also be able to admire the beautiful interiors of the historic building.