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Palace Bridge, St. Petersburg

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Walk across Palace Bridge, built after Emperor Nicholas I lifted Peter the Great's prohibition to construct bridges across the river. It was designed to provide an unobstructed view of the city. Composed of five cast iron spans, the 260 m (853 ft) bridge has a history dating back to a 1901 design competition. Deliberations lasted for eight years, after which the current design was chosen, although the bridge wasn't unveiled until 1916 because of the delays caused by the onset of World War I. The bridge is raised at night, making it difficult to get across the city, so be sure to be on the correct side of the river before it goes up. Watching the raising of the bridge can be quite a sight--stand on the shore or take a water tour to observe it from a closer distance. For Palace Bridge and beyond, use our St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner to get the most from your St. Petersburg vacation.
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  • We booked our night tour and part of the itinerary is witnessing the opening of the Palace bridge. We were transferred to a boat from our bus. The bridge opened at 1:20 AM. Amazing.  more »
  • Take a night boat tour and watch it open. If you manage to see it during the white nights even better. It is still dark enough around the time it is being drawn up and light right after, so you get th...  more »
  • One the must see things in St. Petersburg, which is great at dusk or night. You definitely need to cross the bridge and look around.  more »
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  • A nice show made of a simple and common activity of the city. Music and lots of people seeing how the bridge rises, then a line of ships crossing. The party is inside you during summer and white nights :)
  • Whether you walk and admire the great view of the Neva river or the Hermitage, or if you see the bridge open from a small boat, you will be amazed
  • Magnificent views
  • A beautiful bridge. Very good location. With a good views to the Hermitage, the spit of vasilyevsky Island, on the Neva, the Peter and Paul Fortress. 01.20 's first divorces under musical accompaniment. To divorce the bridge comes a lot of tourists, residents of the city.
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  • The most famous and Grand bridge in Saint Petersburg. Great views of both water and promenade (from either side)
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