Location & Directions

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

Nearest metro: Admiralteyskaya, Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky prospekt

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is literally only a few steps from the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russia's Imperial family, which houses the world famous Hermitage Museum. The hotel shares a building with the Academic Kapella, historic home of the Imperial Choir. From the hotel, a short walk down the River Moika or across Palace Square and through the arch of the General Staff Building brings you out on to Nevsky Prospekt, the busiest and most famous street in St. Petersburg.

From the hotel it takes 20 minutes or less by car to reach all of the city's mainline railway stations. The city airport Pulkovo are about 40 minutes drive away. The nearest metro station, Nevsky Prospekt, is about ten minutes' walk from the hotel.

Local Sightseeing

The Kempinski stands right next to The Hermitage, the most famous art gallery in Russia, with a vast collection of masterpieces assembled by several generations of Russia's rulers. The Museum is partly housed in the spectacular Winter Palace, where visitors can see works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, as well as world-famous collections of Rembrandt, Rubens and the French Impressionists (including Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pisarro) Van Goughs, Matisses and Gauguins, Rodin sculptures and scores of other pearls of world culture.

Five minutes walk will take you to the famous Bronze Horseman, the monument to Peter the Great, founder of the city, erected by Catherine the Great. The subject of one of Pushkin's greatest narrative poems, the statue, by Etienne Maurice Falconet, is a symbol of the power and aspirations of the city's founding father.

Hare Island, which is about quarter-of-an-hour's walk across the Neva River, is the site of the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the city was founded in the early 18th century. Although it never played the defensive role envisaged for it by Peter the Great, the Fortress did have a vital part in the history of the city, both as the final resting place of Russia's emperors who are buried in the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral, with its distinctive soaring gold spire and, more sinisterly, as the city's prison for political dissidents.

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