In 1941-1944 Saint Petersburg survived the most destructive siege in the history of human warfare. More than 800 000 citizens lost their lives to starvation, cold, artillery shelling and air raids. The Siege of Leningrad tour offers a unique opportunity to go beyond the city’s tourist facades and visit the battlefields and memorial sites of the most dramatic siege of WWII.
The tour starts with driving along the Road of Life — the only supply route to the besieged city along which dozens of trains shuttled constantly from the lake coast to the city’s supply depots.
On the way to Kirovsk there will be a stop at the coast of Ladoga Lake in Morozovka, where you will get a good view of the Oreshek fortress. Located on a tiny island at the very source of the Neva River, it was heroically defended by the Soviet troops throughout the whole siege.
Nevsky Bridgehead, nicknamed ‘pyatachok’ – five kopeck coin – this tiny patch of land about 1 kilometre square became a common grave for almost 50 000 Soviet soldiers, making it one of the bloodiest battlefields in the world. A network of trenches you will be able to walk alongside is still clearly visible to date. Several memorials and a church have been built on the site.
Possible additions to the itinerary: the Siege museum in Saint Petersburg, the Oreshek fortress, German war cemetery at Sologubovka, Piskarevskoye cemetery (the principle Siege memorial of the city).