Saint-Petersburg Tours

Soviet City: Back to the past

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Kommunalka visit

You will find yourself in Soviet typical apartments, called Kommunalka and take part in the interactive tour.

In the 1920s the process of transforming city apartments belonging to one owner into communal apartments began in the large cities of the young Soviet country. The former owners of the apartment moved into one of the rooms and other rooms occupied in need of housing factory workers, military personnel, members of the various Soviet institutions, and so on. In this way, the Soviet authorities tried to solve the housing problem in the cities, primarily in Moscow and Leningrad, wh ere the popula-tion constantly increased due to the influx of labor from the provincial regions of Russia.

In the 1960s, the construction of five-story houses, the so-called “Khrushchevki”, began in Leningrad. In the 1970s and 1980s, the outskirts of the city were built up with whole arrays of multi-story houses, but the problem of “communal” in the city was not solved. Nowadays, 10% of housing in St. Petersburg are “communal”.

Cohabitation of strangers in one apartment gave birth to a whole cultural layer of urban folklore. Many residents of St. Petersburg keep memories of their childhood and youth spent in such communal apartments. Reputation of communal apartments is ambiguous, it seems “social evil”, but for many people the word “communal” causes a slight nostalgia.

Lunch in cafe “USSR” - optional.

You can try the classical soviet cuisine with the local accent like Leningrad pickle soup, sausages with mashed potatoes, different specialties like meat jelly, vinegret, herring in “shuba-coat” and of course try the Soviet champagne wine.

Museum of Soviet arcade machines

After you will have an opportunity to come back in the soviet childhood for a short while, because there were so many interesting things that the locals remember cordially till now.From the Soviet childhood they are Soyuzmultfilm’s cartoons, Olympic Bear, planetarium, Sportloto lottery, football at the yard. They are pioneer camps at the Black Sea, horn sounds, walking-tours and songs near the campfire. They are walks with parents and friends at the Parks of Culture with ice-cream, fizzy drink and candy floss, and more—Arcade Games.

Price

Number of people 2 pax   4 pax   6 pax   8 pax   10 pax  
Price per person in EUR* 98 € 62 € 46 € 42 € 37 €

*We offer discounts for groups more than 10 pax. To enquire about group rates, please contact us.

This half-day tour is available all year long and includes:

  • English-speaking guide’s services
  • Admission fee to Kommunalka and Soviet arcade machines museum
  • Transfers