Petrozavodsk is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia. It stretches along the western shore of the Lake Onega for some 27 kilometers. Onega lake is one of the biggest inner lakes in Europe and has an access to the Baltic, Barents, White, Caspian and Black seas via the canals system.
Petrozavodsk is distinguished among other towns of North Russia by its Neoclassical architectural heritage, which includes the Round Square (1775, reconstructed in 1789 and 1839) and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (consecrated in 1832). Other attractions include the bank of Lake Onega which displays an assortment of Karelian granites and marbles. It is lined with extravagant postmodernist sculptures presented by sister cities of Petrozavodsk from around the world.
Things to See & Do
* Neoclassical architecture
* Onega embankment - postmodernist sculptures
* Finnish theatre
* Outdoor market
* Kizhi island
Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area – 135 km²
Population – 264,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7
Port Location – The port of Petrozavodsk is located approximately 2km from the city centre.
Travel Links - The small Petrozavodsk Airport is located 12 km outside the city and have flights from Moscow-Domodedovo and Cherepovets.
The city is easily reached by train and is located nine hours north-east of Saint Petersburg.
There are bus services from Saint Petersburg daily with Avokzal and a international connection from Helsinki with Incoming Finland on Fridays and Sundays. Buses departs from the railway station at 7AM and arrives in Petrozavodsk at 8:30PM.