The first building of the Finnish railway station was constructed in 1870 and connected St. Petersburg with the Grand Duchy of Finland that was part of the Russian Empire for 108 years until 1917. In the 1950s the station was completely reconstructed in a functionalist style.
Now there’s a dramatic monument of Soviet architecture with huge windows and magnifical iron bas-reliefs with scenes from the life of common people and the revolution. The building is capped by a mountainous clock tower. Just in front of the station you’ll find a statue of Vladimir Lenin (1926).
On 7th April 1917 Lenin arrived back to Russia after 17 years in exile on the H2-293 locomotive. H2-293 was made in 1900 by American company Richmond Locomotive Works for Finnish railways. In 1957 it was presented to the Soviet Union by the Finnish government. Now it’s an object of cultural heritage and can be found at the right part of the station.
The Finnish railway station was the only one that was partly in operation during the Leningrad siege of WWII, in February 1943 the first train with food arrived here.
Now it’s the main door to Europe from St. Petersburg, because of Allegro express trains to Helsinki that operate 3 times a day. Many locals spend holidays in Finnish SPA-hotels and sky-resorts, and even go to Finland to buy common food products. If you have too much time in St Petersburg, it’s always a good option to visit Helsinki for a weekend, as locals usually do.