This area was one of the most
elegant residential areas during Tsarist times.
Today, the majority of foreign consulates are
located here along or nearby Furstadskaya Street.
Take a walk and look at the many old, grand buildings
which are now home to shops and caf?s. Visit Tavrichesky
Gardens, a park built in the 19th century in an
old Europe fashion. The area is also quite close
to the Field of Mars, the Summer Gardens and Michalevsky
Gardens all a short walk across the Fontanka
river. The headquarters of the FSB (former KGB)
is also nearby. If you are in the city during
the white nights season, between mid May and mid
August, dont miss a chance to stroll along
the embankment and watch the many bridges across
the Neva rise it is really a spectacular
site that you will never forget.