Location & Directions

Kristoff Hotel

Nearest metro: Dostoevskaya, Vladimirskaya

The Kristoff Hotel is located around ten minutes' walk from Nevsky Prospekt in the heart of St. Petersburg's historic center. Major sights such as the State Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral can be reached on foot, although public transport access is fast and simple, while the area around the hotel has strong associations with the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, with several places of interest connected to the great Russian novelist.

Dostoevskaya and Vladimirskaya Metro Stations are under five minutes' walk from the Kristoff Hotel. From Vladimirskaya it is one stop north to Ploshchad Vosstaniya (for Moskovsky Railway Station), and one stop south to Pushkinskaya (for Vitebsky Railway Station). Both mainline stations are under ten minutes' drive from the Kristoff. Ladozhsky Station, on the eastern outskirts of St. Petersburg, can be reached by car in 20-30 minutes, or by metro direct from Dostoevskaya.

Pulkovo-2 International Airport is around 16km from the Kristoff Hotel. The drive to/from the airport should take no more than 40 minutes, although journey times can be much greater at peak times. Pulkovo-1, the domestic terminal, is a further 2km out of the city.

Local Sightseeing

Nearly all the sights of interest around the Kristoff Hotel are linked to Fyodor Dostoevsky, considered by many as the greatest novelist to have been produced by Russia and St. Petersburg.

Around 50m beyond Vladimirskaya Metro Station, past the vibrant Kuznechniy Market (one of the best places in St. Petersburg for fresh fruit and vegetables) is the Dostoevsky Apartment Museum. Located in the apartment where Dostoevsky spent his final years with his family. The museum contains a varied display of artifacts and personal possessions, and is also a venue for a variety of musical and theatrical events.

Opposite the metro on Vladimirsky Prospekt, the Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, where Dostoevsky used to worship, is one of St. Petersburg's largest and finest churches, with a striking four-tiered bell tower that is one of the main landmarks of the historic center. Completed in 1783, the church took over 20 years to build, with numerous architects working on the project and including elements of baroque and neoclassical design.

Right in front of Vladimirskaya Metro Station stands monument to Dostoevsky. Although it is the first in the city to honour the great writer, it was not actually erected until 1997, reflecting the ambiguous nature of the authorities' attitude to his works during the Soviet Period.

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