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Shlissel'Burg is an interesting fortress that you will pass by, when taking a cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow ! The historic fortress is dating back to the 13th century and it was built in order to protect the place where the river Newa joins Lake Ladoga. It had another name first but was renamed "Schluesselburg" by Peter the Great in 1702. Schluessel means "key" and Peter saw in this fortress the key to defending Russia and to conquer Finnland.
You will pass by this fortress in a short distance like I did, when taking a rivercruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg, we had left St. Petersburg at 05.00pm and reached this fortress at around 10.45pm.
Ships going from Moscow to St. Petersburg will pass it in the morning, as most of them arrive in St. Petersburg in the early afternoon, so this might make sense to choose the perfect direction of the cruise to see Shlisslburg in daylight.
A Marshrutka is a perfect way to get to this place by public transport from St. Petersburg ! Marshrutka is the russian expression for a regular busservices by small buses and such a Marshrutka is leaving from St.Petersburg at Ulitsa Dybenko Metro Station and it will take you directely to the place, where the small ferryboats will take you over to this interesting island. Such an excursion will be quite cheap and an adventure by itself and of course it makes sense to be able to speak at least a bit of russian, because the drivers of Marshrutkas will mostly speak no english.
There will certainly be organized bustours as well, but I have no infos about that yet !
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