Leningrad region has high cultural and tourist potential for development of both classic forms of tourism and new directions: ecotourism, rural tourism, active tourism.
Since 1 October 2019 citizens of 51 countries can visit Leningrad region and Saint Petersburg with free e-visa.
The most visited territories of Leningrad region are Vyborgsky, Volkhovsky, Priozersky and Gatchinsky districts. The most interesting places for tourists are: Vyborg Castle, Korela Fortress, Fortress in Staraya Ladoga, Tikhvinsky Uspensky Monastery, Oreshek Fortress (Shlisselburg), palace and estate museum Gatchina, Monrepos Park, Rozhdestveno Memorial Estate, objects on the Road of Life, caves in Sablino.
There are more than 5,500 objects of cultural heritage in Leningrad region, including:
It is worth mentioning that the region has well-developed tourism infrastructure:
The main historical and cultural centres of the region with high potential for development and tourist attraction are Vyborg and Gatchina.
Vyborg is located 122 km away from Saint Petersburg, it is one of the largest and well-preserved examples of European medieval culture in Russia. The main tourist attractions are Vyborg Castle, Alvar Aalto library, Monrepos Park. Vyborg was established in the Middle Ages by Swedes and it is the only historic settlement in Leningrad region.
Tourist infrastructure in Vyborg:
Gatchina is the largest town in Leningrad region (population – 96 thousand people) located 47 km away from Saint Petersburg. Gatchina is an industrial, scientific, cultural and educational centre of Leningrad region. The main place of tourist interest is palace and park ensemble with its central element – the Great Gatchina Palace.
Tourist infrastructure in Gatchina: