Rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, what they conceal and how to get on a tour

Rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, what they conceal and how to get on a tour

Do you want to look at St. Petersburg from the other side? Go on a water tour along one of the rivers of the city.

Peter the Great did not just choose an area with a large number of waterways, and during the construction of St. Petersburg he added artificial channels to drain the wetlands.

Nowadays, hundreds of tourist motor ships pass along rivers and canals. Book a room on the official website of our hotel and book a tour of the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.


Neva is considered a relatively young river, which was formed 2.5 thousand years ago. It flows out of Lake Ladoga and flows into the Gulf of Finland. Over the years of the city's existence, the water level in its arms rose so high that it led to floods. There are still signs on buildings in the city with a water level mark.

Several centuries ago, it was chosen by Peter the Great when he began to build St. Petersburg. The history of the city begins at the mouth of the river, and the main architectural monuments are located along its banks.


The sink is much smaller in length compared to the Neva. However, it is no less significant for the history of the city. The famous house on the Moika, where the great Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin lived and died. Now there is a museum-apartment named after the poet and writer.

Historians are still arguing over the translation of the river's name. Some believe that the name of the Sink came from public baths near the waterway. And others are inclined to the Finnish origin of “slush".


At first, the river had no name. It was only during the construction of the Summer Garden that water for fountains began to be taken from the Fountain, from where its name came from.

It was swampy, without a strong current. Later, the river was cleared, and now it attracts tourists with the monument of the Siskin. 

Griboyedov Canal

Previously, there was a swampy river on the site of the canal, which was drained during the construction of the city. And under Catherine the Great, the river got a second chance: the embankment was ennobled with granite and began to be called the Catherine Canal. Later, the Soviet authorities changed the name to Griboyedov.

Bypass channel

The longest canal, which used to be the southern border of St. Petersburg. The bypass was built to protect the city from floods, but it did not fulfill its main function. Apartment buildings are located along the canal.

Want to learn more about the history of the city. Read articles about St. Petersburg and its attractions in the News section on the official website of the hotel.