Additional excursions to St. Petersburg: the historical park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk
Not every park in Russia has a statuscultural and historical object of the federal level. Therefore, tourists who come to St. Petersburg for a few days are recommended to visit "Dubki". This park is of historical value, if only because it was founded by Peter the Great himself. It is also a monument of garden art. Many residents of the Northern capital come to the park "Dubki" to stroll along its majestic alleys, take part in a cultural festival, ride a sleigh or a skating rink. After all, he is in the suburbs, the resort area of St. Petersburg - Sestroretsk. Let's make a virtual tour of the ancient monument of landscape art, and at the same time the northernmost oak forest in Russia. In this article we will tell you what to look for. After all, the territory of the park is significant, and the uninitiated may miss out on all the interesting things. To enjoy the walk, one must also know the history of this place.
Where is the historic garden
Park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk address has a verysimple: Bolshaya Liteiny lane, 37 (main entrance). As we have already mentioned, the traveler will not be able to travel outside of St. Petersburg. Sestroretsk is included in the city limits. It is washed by water from two sides. The Baltic Sea is in the west, and the lake Sestroretsk Razliv is from the east. The park of culture and recreation "Dubki" occupies a promontory overlooking the water. It looks great from the sea. The pleasure from walks can be obtained also because many shady trails unexpectedly lead to the shore of the Gulf of Finland. If you want to visit the park "Dubki" on your own car, it should be noted that on weekends (especially when good weather is), the highway from St. Petersburg is very busy, and often there are traffic jams. Sestroretsk is also famous as a sanatorium. There are mineral waters and therapeutic mud. From the city on the Neva, you need to move to the north-west along Primorskoe Highway.
Park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk: how to reach
At the entrance there is free parking, where you canleave your car. It is also easy to reach by public transport. From the metro station "Chernaya Rechka" there is a social bus No. 211. From different parts of St. Petersburg to Sestroretsk there are minibuses: from Lenin Square - № 400, from metro station "Staraya Derevnya" - № 305, from "Black River" - №№ 417 and 425, Parnas No. 600, and No. 827 from Prospekt Prosveshcheniya metro station. But if you do not want to get stuck in traffic jams, and you want to arrive in the park from St. Petersburg in half an hour, it's better to use rail transport. The train departs from Finland Station. You need to go to the station Sestroretsk. Dubkovskoe highway after a kilometer will take you to the park.
A bit of history
In September 1714, when after the Gangutbattles Peter the Great returned along the waters of the Gulf of Finland to his capital, he saw on the shore a beautiful oak tree and ordered to moor to this place. Rest in the shadow of the old, 200-300-year-old trees so pleased the king that he ordered to build here a park and a summer residence. Three years later, the chernozem and several thousand young oaks were brought to the cape near the mouth of the Sestra River. Two hundred seedlings were planted by Peter the Great alone. In 1719 the construction of a wooden summer palace began, but immediately the tsar changed his mind and ordered to build a solid stone structure suitable for winter residence. This three-story palace was erected by 1725. It was connected by galleries with wooden pavilions. The palace was designed in the style of "sea pathos", that is, the whole calculation was built on the view from the Gulf of Finland. At the same time was laid and the park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk. The storm and flood of 1727 caused great damage to the palace, and it was deleted from the list of imperial residences. Half a century it served as a weapons warehouse, and then it was dismantled for the construction of the Peter and Paul Church.
Description of the park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk
But although the palace remained only on the ancientplans, the place is not lost its importance. At the time of Peter, the Dutch garden was broken here. The experience of draining the flooded coasts of the sea was adopted. After all, who, if not the Dutch, ages after century to win pieces of sushi from the water element? From 1723 to 1725, the canal cut through the canals, and a dam was built on the side of the sea. On the territory reclaimed from the shallows, fruit gardens and greenhouses were planted. And on the drainage canals of the park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk, small boats could swim freely. In the forties of the eighteenth century, a defensive wall was erected, since the Russian-Swedish war was in progress. This structure was useful later. During the Crimean War, British and French troops fired at Sestroretsk from the sea, but the landing did not dare. In 1858, in memory of those events, a chapel was erected. It was destroyed under Soviet rule, but now it is restored.
For a long time this place was in desolation. Then, as Sestroretsk (St. Petersburg) was famous for its waters, a sanatorium was established here. Then "Dubki" became a city park of culture and rest. There were different attractions, including the Ferris wheel. Since 2002, the city authorities have seriously taken up the arrangement of the park. A racetrack was built with a horse center, a boat station, a stadium, tennis courts, a skating rink.
Park "Dubki" in Sestroretsk has not onlysports orientation. A lot of attention is paid to small visitors. In addition to children's playgrounds, there are various amusing sculptures made of wood depicting characters of fairy tales. In summer, you can ride a catamaran. And for swimming children this coast is ideal, because the shallow water quickly warms up. In the winter in the park is also interesting. Along with an adult skating rink, a baby runs. You can ride a pony on a Finnish sled.