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Pocket Guide: St. Petersburg Planet Neptune Hotels

Billed as Russia’s first Oceanarium, Planet Neptune is a considerable collection of tropical fish, shark tank with walk-through tunnel and great displays for younger visitors, all housed within a shopping centre close to Vitebsky Station, the first railway station built in Russia. In Planet Neptune, thirty large fish tanks have around 150 species of fish and other sea creatures. Atmospheric music plays out into the walkways, some of which tunnel through the tanks, giving visitors an immersive experience and chance to see the fish up close. There are daily shows at the seal enclosure and shark tank, and children can also watch many animals being fed at certain times. After coming face-to-face with the fish, you can browse the bargains in the adjacent shopping centre.

Things to Do Close to Planet Neptune

A stroll up Ligovsky Prospekt passes many historic buildings, including the Moscow Train Station and San-Galli Mansion, home to the German inventor of the modern radiator. The north end of the avenue joins onto Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main avenue and a hotbed of activity, thanks to its buzzy bars and restaurants. Just across the Fontanka River, Sennaya Square became famous after Dostoevsky’s depiction of it in his famous novel, ‘Crime and Punishment’.

It’s only a 15-minute walk from Planet Neptune to Ligovsky Prospekt’s Metro Station, which connects the area to the rest of St. Petersburg. After a couple of stops on the Metro, you can be at the stately Palace Square, the location of the Winter Palace and State Hermitage Museum, or browsing the stunning museums on Vasilyevsky Island. Marshrutka minibuses (shared taxis) regularly run between Ligovsky Prospekt Metro and the palaces and landscaped gardens at Peterhof out in St. Petersburg’s suburbs.

Where to Stay near Planet Neptune

There are many reasonably priced three-star hotels close to Ligovsky Prospekt, only a short stroll from Planet Neptune. The area is much calmer and quieter than the lively Nevsky Prospekt district, making it a popular choice for families. There are also a number of cheaper two-star places to stay offering comfortable accommodation for travellers on a budget. Though the neighbourhood is slightly set away from the usual tourist areas, it gives those staying there a fascinating glimpse into the everyday milieu of St. Petersburg.