About the Oreshek fortress

The Oreshek fortress (also known as the Shlisselburg Fortress and Noteborg) is situated on the island in the lake Ladoga right in the place where the Neva river originates in a 1-hour drive from Saint-Petersburg. The fortress is going to celebrate 700 years in 2023! Built as a Russian outpost in the fight against the Swedes, it passed from Russians to Swedes for several times and was later turned into a political prison. Many of those who threatened Tsarist rule were kept in this notorious prison: the inconvenient royals, disgraced favorites, the Decembrists, the participants of the Polish uprising. Among the most famous prisoners were Peter the Great’s half-sister Maria and his first wife Eudoxia Lopukhina, Wilhelm Küchelbecker, Mikhail Bakunin, Walerian Łukasiński. The boy-Tsar Ivan VI was murdered in the prison and Vladimir Lenin’s brother Alexander Ulyanov was executed here in the late XIX century as well.

The XX century history of the Oreshek fortress was no less dramatic. The fortress held out against continual Nazi artillery shelling for almost 500 days during the Siege of Leningrad. This helped to break the encirclement of one of the longest and most severe sieges in history.  The ruins of the prison chapel have been transformed into the unusual and impressive monument to the fortress`s defenders.

О крепости Орешек (Шлиссельбургская крепость)

Today the Oreshek fortress is a branch of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. A visit will be memorable for both adults and children. As the Oreshek fortress is located on the island you can only get there by water!

The Oreshek fortress operates from May to early November. The passenger vessel “Vernij” («Верный») leaves from the pier near the Petrokrepost (Петрокрепость) railway station every 15 minutes.

Months Operating time Last boat to museum leaves at
Mn-Fr Sat-Sun Mn-Fr Sat-Sun
May 10:00 — 17:00 10:00 — 18:00 16:10 17:10
June-August 10:00 — 18:00 10:00 — 19:00 17:10 18:10
September-November 10:00 — 17:00 10:00 — 18:00 16:10 17:10


The pier is located in 200-meters walk from the Petrokrepost (Петрокрепость) railway station in the town Posyolok imeni Morozova  (посёлок имени Морозова) not far from St.Petersburg. You can get here by elektrichka (suburban train) or by bus. The elektrichka is the most comfortable and simple way to get to the pier.

The elektrichka (suburban train)

The elektrichka (suburban train) for Nevskaya Dubrovka (Невская Дубровка) stops at Petrokrepost station and goes from Finlandsky Railway Station around every hour. Once you are at Petrokrepost station, walk down the street to the Ladoga lake and you will see the pier. It will take you around 1 hour to get to the pier from Finlandsky Railway Station.

The marshrutka (a small bus)

The marshrutka (a small bus) goes to Posyolok imeni Morozova from Ulitza Dybenko (улица Дыбенко) metro station. You need a bus №511. It goes every 20 minutes. The trip lasts around 40 minutes. You have to walk around 12 minutes from the stop to get to the pier.

The tickets to the passenger vessel that goes to the Oreshek fortress are sold on the pier. The price includes a trip to the island and return. The ticket does not include the entrance to the fortress. The tickets to the fortress can be bought right on the island.

Please note we accept cash only.

Passenger vessel to the island and back, RUR Entrance to the fortress, RUR
Adult 250 200
Students 200 100
Children 0-7 FREE FREE