Location & Directions

Brothers Karamazov Hotel

Nearest metro: Zvenigorodskaya, Vladimirskaya, Dostoevskaya

Situated in a historic neighborhood of the city center with strong links to Fyodor Dostoevsky and his works, the Brothers Karamazov Hotel is not within comfortable walking distance of St. Petersburg's most famous sights, but does have good transport links that make easy to reach the Hermitage or St. Isaac's Cathedral, for example, in under 20 minutes. The area around the hotel is great for dining out, shopping, and nightlife, while retaining a tranquility and historic atmosphere that will give visitors a much better impression of how normal St. Petersburgers lived than the more grandiose areas of the downtown.

The nearest metro station, Vladimirskaya/Dostoevskaya, is around ten minutes' walk from the Brothers Karamazov, and from there it is only one stop to Ploshchad Vosstaniya for Moskovsky Station or two stops (with a change of lines) to Gostiny Dvor, for the Hermitage, the State Russian Museum, Kazan and St. Isaac's Cathedrals, and nearly all of St. Petersburg's top visitor attractions.

Moskovsky Station, which serves nearly all the trains to/from the Russian capital, can be reached by car in ten minutes. Vitebsky Station, the terminal for trains from Belarus, Ukraine, and the Baltic States, is about 15 minutes' walk or five minutes' drive from the Brothers Karamazov. Ladozhsky Station, for trains to/from Finland and Northern Russia, is some distance from the city center, but can be reached by car in around 30 minutes or by metro direct from Dostoevskaya (three stops).

Pulkovo-2 International Airport is around 15km south of the Brothers Karamazov Hotel. By taxi, the journey will take between 30 minutes and an hour depending on traffic. Pulkovo-1, for domestic flights, is 2km further out of the city.

Local Sightseeing

As the hotel's name suggests, the area around the Brothers Karamazov is inextricably linked with the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, arguably St. Petersburg's greatest literary figure. Among the sights dedicated to him are the Dostoevsky Apartment Museum at 5, Kuznechniy Pereulok, about ten minutes' walk from the hotel.

In the apartment where the author spent the last years of his life, the museum contains painstakingly reconstructed interiors and a wealth of memorabilia, all carefully captioned in English. It's also an arts center of sorts, hosting a wide range of theatrical, musical, and literary events.

On the opposite side of the Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is bronze monument to Dostoevsky, the only one in the city, which was unveiled in 1997. The church is one of the most famous and beautiful in St. Petersburg, with a fine neoclassical belltower that can be seen for several streets around.

Next to the museum, Kuzenchniy Market is probably the best and certainly the most atmospheric food market in the city, with rows of stalls overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables from the Caucasus and Central Asia. It's well worth popping into just for a look around, and most of the produce is offered for tasting before you buy.

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