An Alternative Guide to St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg I
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Anastasiia Ilina

With extra time to spend in St Petersburg it can be pleasant to step off the beaten track and go searching for some of the hidden gems of the city. If you want to experience St Petersburg as the locals do, check out our insider’s alternative guide to the best-kept secrets in town.

1. Take a tour of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines


Take a tour of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines
Dive into a Soviet childhood at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, a spot favoured by many locals. As part of the experience a guide gives a tour around, after which you’ll be free to explore at your leisure. There are now 40 machines as part of the exhibition, some of which still work for visitors to try out. A special treat are the machines with mineral water, just like on the streets a few decades back.

2. Learn about dreams at the Freud Dreams Museum


Unlike other Freud museums around the world, St Petersburg was not a place were Sigmund Freud lived. And the museum is not dedicated to the life of the psychiatrist, but rather to just the part of his work dedicated to dreams. The museum was opened on the 100th anniversary of the book The Interpretation of Dreams– Freud was the first researcher to prove that dreams were not a spontaneous occurrence, but rather provided a pathway into the study of the human subconscience.

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