St. Petersburg was built on the delta of the River Neva and is
spread out over numerous islands of varying sizes, frequently
prompting the nickname the "City of 101 Islands". Over the centuries
numerous bridges were built to connect these islands across the
various tributaries of the Neva and the city's many canals (Moika,
Fontanka, Kanal Griboyedova, etc.).
During the summer months when
the river isn't frozen, the bridges across the Neva open at night to
allow ships to pass up and down the river. Bridges open from May to
late October according to a special schedule. Make sure you check
the schedules and don't get caught on the wrong side of the river
after 2 a.m., or you will be stranded on the wrong side of the river
until the drawbridges are lowered between approximately 4:30 a.m.
and 5 a.m.
Alexander Nevsky Bridge at 905.7 meters is the longest
bridge in St. Petersburg. Built in the 1960s, it is also one of the
most modern and practical bridges in the Northern Capital.
Anichkov Bridge - The first bridge to span the Fontanka
River, historic Anichkov Bridge combines strict and simple form with
high artistic and unique decoration.
The Bank Bridge - Historic Bank Bridge (1825-1826) is a
colorful reminder of St. Petersburg's glorious past. The charming
chain footbridge spans the picturesque Griboedov Canal in one of the
most beautiful and historic quarters of the city.
Blue Bridge is the widest bridge in the Venice of the
North covering an impressive width of 97.3 meters (321.1 feet) and
is an important part of the St. Isaac's Ploshchad architectural
ensemble. The bridge stands in front of the Mariinsky Palace in the
heart of the historical city center.
Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge (1909-1911) uniquely combines the
modernist and Romanesque architectural styles in one structure. The
bridge is very different from the other drawbridges, which span the
wide Neva River. In fact, it was uniquely built so that the middle
span of the bridge is raised upwards by an innovative electrical
Egyptian Bridge - Built in the 1950s, after the original
chain bridge of the same name tragically collapsed into the Fontanka
River. The new bridge combines modern architectural elements with
Leutenant Schmidt Bridge - The first bridge to unite the
banks of the Neva River and the first bridge on the course from the
Gulf of Finland to the center of the Northern Capital, historic
Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge plays an important role as an entryway for
sea-going vessels into the city.
Lions Bridge - Historic Lions Bridge (1826) gets its name
from the four majestic cast-iron lions that appear to ingeniously
and mysteriously guard the passageway onto the charming chain
footbridge. The bridge spans picturesque Griboyedov Canal in one of
the most beautiful and historic quarters of St. Petersburg.
Lomonosov Bridge boasts four picturesque towers topped off
with cupolas with round ball-like golden urns and fascinatingly
combines middle-age architectural style with eighteenth century
The Palace Bridge - Renowned for the view of the SS Peter
and Paul Fortress through its raised spans, the Palace Bridge also
offers some of the best views of the Vasilevsky Island Spit. Of the
seven drawbridges crossing the wide Neva River, the Palace Bridge
was perhaps the most challenging to build.
Trinity Bridge - The uniquely modernist styled Trinity
Bridge is considered one of the most expressive bridges in the city.
The enchanting silhouette of the drawbridge consists of varying
arching spans bordered on the top by swooping curves, which rise
gradually to the bridge's center. The bridge is especially beautiful
at night when its silhouette is light up.
Exchange Bridge - Spanning the Maly Neva River and linking
the Vasilyevsky Island Spit with the Petrograd Side, Exchange Bridge
(1956) provides an important transport artery in St. Petersburg
while at the same time serving as the right wing of an intricate
architectural ensemble, which includes Palace Bridge and Exchange
First Engineer Bridge - Spanning the Moika River and
sparkling green and gold, First Engineer Bridge connected the old
wooden Summer Palace of Empress Elizabeth with the historic Summer
Gardens (Letniy Sad) and today remains one of the most richly
decorated bridges in the northern capital with its beautiful
railings and magnificent floor lamps.
Italian Bridge - Spanning the historic Canal Griboyedova
in the heart of the historic city center between Nevsky Prospekt and
the Church on the Spilled Blood, 19th century classical-styled
Italian Bridge adorns the canal with its wonderful ornately
decorated lampposts, lamps, railings and girders.
Tuchkov Bridge - The first bridge to span the Maly Neva
River and connect the city's largest island Vasilyevsky Island with
central St. Petersburg, Tuchkov Bridge at 900 meters or (2970 feet)
was also the longest bridge built in the Northern capital in the
Volodarsky Bridge - Spanning the wide Neva River in the
southeastern part of St. Petersburg, Volodarsky Bridge (1932-1936)
combines a simple and clear-cut design with an innovative flexible
arch support system to create a unique industrial drawbridge design
that casts an interesting and matchless silhouette.
Lower Swan Bridge - Completed in 1837 Lower Swan Bridge
spans the mouth of Swan Canal between magical Letny Sad and historic
Mars Field, where it empties into the Moika Canal in the enchanting
center of St. Petersburg.