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seums about city history, space exploration, and the famous-to-Russians prison that once
occupied this space.
CostandHours: It's free to enter and explore the grounds (open daily 6:00-22:00). The
sights inside are covered by individual tickets (cathedral-200 R, prison-130 R, St. Peters-
burg history museum-100 R, fortress history museum-100 R, space/rocketry museum-50
R) and a variety of combo-tickets (cathedral and prison-300 R, everything-370 R). Climb-
ing up onto the “Neva Curtain Wall” is included in the comprehensive combo-ticket; the
“Neva Panorama” has a separate 150-R ticket. The cathedral and prison are open daily
10:00-19:00, last entry 30 minutes before closing. The smaller museums are open Thu-Mon
11:00-19:00, Tue 11:00-18:00, closed Wed. The 250-R audioguide provides more informa-
tion. Info: .
Getting There: Two footbridges connect Hare Island (Zayachy Ostrov, with the fort-
ress) to the rest of St. Petersburg. The main entrance is through the park from the flying
saucer-shaped Gorkovskaya Metro station (go through the park to the busy road with the
gas station, then head for the pointy golden steeple and cross the footbridge). The other en-
trance is at the west end, easily walkable from Palace Square and the Hermitage. Like a lot
of things in this city, it looks close but takes a while—give yourself at least 20 minutes for
the scenic walk: Cross the bridge (Dvortsovy Most) by the Hermitage, angle right past the
Strelka viewpoint (worth a quick stop to enjoy the view—described earlier), then cross the
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