St. Petersburg is the greenest of Russia's major cities. The
statistics are impressive: Over 200 parks and gardens, plus over a
thousand tree-lined streets and more than 700 leafy squares; and
more than 2,000 hectares of greenery in total - or more than 56
square meters for each of the city's more than 4.5 million
Alexander Garden - Named after Tsar Alexander
II, this is St. Petersburg's most central park, located right behind
the Admiralty and opposite the Hermitage. It's home to a wonderful
illuminated musical fountain.
Botanical Garden - Russia's only botanic gardens, and home
to more than 12,000 species of plants, including the unique Queen of
the Night, which blooms just one night a year.
Catherine Garden - One of St. Petersburg's most popular
parks, located on Nevsky Prospect in front of the Alexandriinsky
Theater. The park is named after Catherine the Great, to whom there
is a statue in the middle of the garden.
Leningrad Zoo - Leningrad may have changed its name, but
its zoo hasn't. Russia's only zoo is located by the Peter and Paul
Fortress. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world, one of the
world's most northerly, and ranks second in terms of its number of
Summer Garden - The oldest park in St. Petersburg, the
Summer Garden was laid out in 1704 by order of Peter the Great
around his first summer residence. Peter also drew up the original
plan for the garden, which is home to Russia's oldest collection of
Field of Mars - Named after the Roman god of war, the
Field of Mars was for a long time the setting for military parades
and drills for imperial guards regiments. Its layout remains
unchanged, and today it houses St. Petersburg's Eternal Flame.
Michael Garden - A unique combination of two styles of
landscape gardening: French formalism and English landscape.
Moscow Victory Park - This park's attractions include the
Alley of Heroes, on which can be found bronze monuments to those
Heroes of the Soviet Union, who were given USSR's highest state
Maritime Victory Park - St. Petersburg's largest park in
terms of area.
Tauride Garden - Located in the grounds of the Tauride
Palace, formerly home to Catherine the Great's favorite Grigory
Potemkin, this park was seriously damaged during the Siege of
Leningrad, but has since been restored.
Kirov Central Culture and Leisure Park - A favourite place
for St. Petersburgers to spend free time, especially when the
weather's good during the summer.