XVII International Conference "Horizons in Hydrogen Bond Research" and German-Russian Graduate Student Research School on "Hydrogen Bonding and Proton Transfer"

September 1-8, 2007


Cultural Program

An attractive cultural program for the participants and accompanying persons is organized by the Conference Service Agency "Monomax Meetings&Incentives".
Cultural program includes:
- Comfortable transportation, Minibuses or buses will pick you up at the hotel and return back;
- English speaking guide service, meals and  entrance tickets to the museums will be provided;




(per person)


       Tour to Pushkin (with lunch)





Walking excursion to Repin's estate "Penaty".

"Penaty" is situated in 30 minutes on foot from the hotel.

Ilya Repin was the great Russian painter. The exposition includes his paintings as well as works of his friends and students.



Cathedrals of Saint-Petersburg:
-  Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood
-  Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan
-  Isaak Cathedral



Transfer from the hotel to the city center.
Sightseeing bus tour with visiting of Peter and Paul Fortress

included in reg. fee

 15.00-17.00       Hermitage


18.00-20.00       Free time         
20.00 Transfer from the city center to the hotel

included in reg fee.


Night boat excursion with drawbridges show



      Tour to Peterhof

included in reg. fee


      Tour to Novgorod (with lunch)


Sightseeing city tour

The sightseeing bus tour around St.Petersburg will start from the hotel after breakfast immediately. You will see Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospect, the main Cathedrals of the city and many other places of interest in the historical part of the city. This tour is free of charge for all conference participants and accompanying persons.There will be a free time after lunch until 6 p.m. which you can use for shopping  or individual excursions. We would recommend you to visit the Hermitage or Russian museum while walking around the city center. If you do not plan to visit the ballet performance the buses will take you back to the hotel at 06.00 p.m. For those who would wish to enjoy the famous russian ballet at night there will be organized a ticket and transfer service assistance. And the most anxious will also have a chance to admire the mysterious view of the renown St. Petersburg White Night and the unique show of draw-bridges on the Neva River.



A tour to Peterhof – the oldest and one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg where you can see the summer palace of the russian emperors and walk around the famouse park with fascinating fountains. The impressions of this day will be supplemented with the cordial evening function in the restaurant in Peterhof. All participants and accompanying persons can take part in this tour.


The State Hermitage

Located in the heart of Saint Petersburg the Hermitage occupies five historic buildings, which are the architecture monuments, including the Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Tsars. The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. State Hermitage (Saint Petersburg) is famous for its numerous collections, which encompass world culture from prehistoric times to the present day.

In 240 years of its existence the museum accumulated a collection of almost three million exhibits, including significant art collections of Ancient East, Ancient Greece and Rome, Islamic arts, Italian Renaissance, XIX—XX centuries paintings, etc. The Hermitage is also home for the art pieces from the Saint Petersburg imperial palaces, collections of Russian Emperors dating to XVIII—XIX centuries, as well as numerous art pieces created on the orders of the Tsars by famous artists of Europe.

The Italian collection of the Hermitage includes masterpieces by Giorgione, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. A vast collection of French art includes pieces by such artists as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse.

The Hermitage Arsenal collection represents many precious items of Russian, Western European and Oriental arms and armour from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. The Oriental Art collection includes over 180,000 paintings, sculptures and items of applied art, covering the territories of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, Byzantium.


The Temples of St. Petersburg

Built from 1818-1858, St. Isaac’ Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church is St. Petersburg. The gilded cupola of the Cathedral, which dominates the skyline of the city, stands 101.5 meters in the air making it the fifth highest cathedral in Europe. The collonade offers visitors the option of climbing the 300 stairs to the observation deck to see the breathtaking view of the city. The facades of the building are decorated with 112 monolithic columns made from Karelian granite. The outside of the building is covered in beautiful sculptures inculding 24 monumental bronze angels.
Today, in addition to being open to the public as a museum, the cathedral continues to offer festive services

The Cathedral of the Resurrection, which is also known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, was erected in memory of Tsar Alexander II. On March 1, 1881, the Tsar was assasinated by a terrorist (I. Grinevitskij) on the exact spot of the church’s current location. The church was designed by Alfred Parland and was built from 1883-1907 with money donated by the royal family as well as private donors. Both the inside and outside of the building are decorated with ornate mosaics designed by a group of prominent Russian artists. During the 1930s the church was closed due to the destruction taking place nationwide as the Bolsheviks stormed and ruined many churches. The Cathedral of the Resurrection was reopened in August of 1997 after almost 3 decades of careful restoration. Today the Cathedral is fully restored and remains open to visitors.

The Kazan Cathedral named after the supposedly miraculous Kazan icon. It is the main Cathedral of St. Petersburg, one of the largest cathedrals of Russia and the most magnificent temples of St. Petersburg (architect A. Voronihin). The main facade of the Cathedral is overlooking the Nevsku prospect. In the cathedral are resting the remains of field-marshal M. Kutuzov, the great Russian general


Tsarskoe Selo (Royal Village), located 25 km south of St. Petersburg, first appeared in the 18C as the summer residence of the Russian tsars. In 1918 the town was renamed into Detskoe Selo (Children’s Village). In 1937 the name was changed into Pushkin, to commemorate the centenary of the great Russian poet’s tragic death.
Created for two centuries by many prominent architects, the unique architectural ensemble of Pushkin is world famed for its elegant palaces and pavilions, landscape parks and ponds, 18-century marble statues and historic obelisks.

This "town of Muses" inspired many celebrated Russian poets, painters and musicians to create their renowned masterpieces in music and art.
In 1752-1756 a remarkable Bolshoy Catherine Palace - the striking example of baroque architecture - was built by architect Rastrelli, and numerous entertainment pavilions were erected in the park, including «Hall on the Island», Sliding Hill, Hermitage and Grotto.
The splendor of new architectural ensemble immediately caused everybody’s admiration and delight. Tsarskoe Selo became the place for official receptions of Russian nobility and representatives of foreign states, who were visiting Russia with diplomatic missions

During the reign of Catherine the Great further significant alterations were made to the palace and park. The Catherine Park was extended with the layout of the garden landscaped in the English style. In the palace itself part of baroque interiors with abundance of gilded moldings and sculptures were completely altered by the Scottish architect Charles Cameron in the spirit of increasingly fashionable Classical style.
A series of monuments glorifying Russian triumphal victories in the Russo-Turkish and other wars were put up in the newly designed part of the park. Among them are Columns of Chesma and Morea, Kagul Obelisk, all designed by architect Rinaldi, and monumental Tower Ruin designed by architect Velten


Drawbridges. Night show

Saint - Petersburg has more bridges than any other city in the world. There are over 300 bridges in the central part of the city and over 500 on the whole territory of the city.
St. Petersburg bridges across the Neva are drawn every night for the period of navigation for the ships to pass up and down the city's waterways. Of course, the breathtaking view of drawing bridges is particularly impressive within the period of White nights (May-July) when the light evening dusk merges with morning and there is an overwhelming feeling of magic all around the city.

Even if you are lacking romanticism at all, you will be charmed by a stunning view - the city's marvelous architecture complemented by the peaceful smoothness of water and exquisite beauty of all these bridges. That's why there are always many spectators on the Neva Embankment in the White Nights time.
The guided bus excursion gives an opportunity to see the raising of the brightest drawbridges and to learn fascinating stories about them.


Palaces of St. Petersburg

Stroganoff Palace - the oldest of palaces under the Russian Museum supervision. For almost 2 centuries, it was the property of Barons and Counts Stroganoff. Its building was begun in 1738 and headed by M. Zemtsov. Howerever, F. Rastrelli is considered as its real author who completed the outward appearance of the palace. The interiors were worked out by the remarkable Russian architects F. Demertsov, A. Voronikhin, G. Bosse, et al. A permanent exhibition "The Treasure of the House of Stroganoffs" is opened in the restored first-floor suite of rooms.

Yusupovskiy Palace - a unique architectural ensemble of the XVIII-XIX centuries, historical and cultural monument (architect J.-B. Vallen-Delamot). During 1830-1917, it was owned by 5 generations of a noble family of princes Yusupovs. The palace has retained official apartments, the halls of art gallery, a private theatre, and luxurious living apartments of the Yusupovs family, now open to the public. The palace got into national history as a place where Grigoriy Rasputin was assasinated. The tragedy happened in private apartments of young Prince Felix Yusupov on the night of December 17, 1916. Now these rooms are arranged as a historical and documental exhibition. Since 1925, Yusupovskiy Palace hosted the Palace for Culture of Educators, which in 1990s was reformed into a historical and cultural center comprising in its activity the museum, theatrical, concert, and scientific and educational functions.