Soviet Mass Housing. Kupchino – The Urban Dream
Availability: Currently this tour is available by private booking only. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration: 3—4 hours.
Cost: 9600 roubles. This covers up to eight people (1200 rubles for for each extra person).
Visit Kupchino, “the Bronx” of St Petersburg, a 1950-80s mass housing scheme in the city’s south. Few of those who ventured there ever returned – be among the lucky ones with Peterswalk.
Learn about micro-district planning, see how millions of ordinary Petersburg residents live. Pre-fabricated concrete blocks with thousands of apartments in them, aquarium-style.
Quiet green courtyards with playgrounds and parked Ladas. Gopniki (chavs, to give them an English name) on the block, marshrutkas, elektrichkas, khruschevkas and many other exotic things just 6 miles from the Hermitage.
An optional extra — visit a Kupchino family for tea or a meal. Has to be arranged in advance. Not included in the quoted cost.