Image by Natalia Romanova

New Holland – Cultural chill-out

Being launched for the 5th time, the summer season over at New Holland island was officially started despite of all the weather challenges this year. 

This cultural and recreational oasis is organized in a 16th century historic atmosphere, with sturdier stone structures to store the lumber for ship-building close to Admiralty. The nickname of the island “New Holland” was given thanks to the distinctly Dutch look of its barracks, and was first used during construction.

The pond in the middle looks like it could have been used for the entertainment of Peter the Great himself, and maybe the Russian tsar would have been also impressed by the giant colorful firebird that unfurls its massive tail across the sky over New Holland Island, as part of the latest project from the world-renowned artist Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics. Occupying over 10,000 square meters of space in total, this installation will mark the city’s first public art work on this scale. 

I have been in love with this place for a number of years, this big lawn with chairs and sports zone surrounded by the kitchen garden full of beetroots, cabbages, mint, dill, etc in a nice historic atmosphere. It’s a nice getaway from the city noise and stress. A nice addition is the cultural programme with the open cinema, yoga sessions, lectures and concerts (please check the official website) as well as restaurants and cafes

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Details about this spot



Admiralteysky Canal Embankment, 2, Saint Petersburg

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Opening Times

Mon - Thu 09:00 - 22:00, Fri - Sun 09:00 - 23:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)