Kronstadt is a small town located on Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland. Technically, it is a suburb of Saint Petersburg, and lies some 30 km to the west from the city center.
Kronstadt was built in 1704 by Peter the Great as a naval base, and it has a long military history. Until the 1990-s, Kronstadt was a ‘closed town’, you had to have a special permit to even enter it. Also, the only way to get there was by boat. Now the town is open for visitors.
There is a dam stretching both north and south from the island to the mainland, so there is no problem to get to Kronstadt by car or by bus. Part of the road goes underwater. The town has its own unique spirit. Young naval soldiers, red-brick military buildings, a harbor with military ships…
The absolute gem of Kronstadt is the Naval Cathedral dedicated to Russian sailors. It stands out from other buildings on the island — you will see its beautiful golden dome from far away. The cathedral is exquisitely decorated, full of light, and just plain gorgeous — inside and out! It’s definitely worth the trip to Kronstadt just to see it! You can also go on a guided trip to one of small man-made islands with ruins of fortifications surrounding Kotlin — you’ll be impressed!
And take a stroll along the charming central Lenina Street with cozy cafes and shops to complete your impression of the unique naval town!