Finland Station

Historic Building in Petrograd & Vyborg Sides

Image by Ksenia Elzes Lonely Planet

Rebuilt in the 1970s in rectilinear Soviet style, the Finland Station (Finlyandsky vokzal) endures as a place of historical significance, where Lenin finally arrived in 1917 after 17 years in exile abroad. Here he gave his legendary speech from the top of an armoured car to a crowd who had heard of, but never seen, the man.

After fleeing a second time he again arrived here from Finland, this time disguised as a railway fireman, and the locomotive he rode in is displayed behind glass on the platform.

Walk out onto the square that still bears Lenin’s name and you’ll see a marvellous statue of the man himself at the far end.