The Neva River is an essential part of St. Petersburg's world-famous charm. Many generations of locals and visitors to the city have been completely enraptured by all-night walks along the Neva during the so-called White Nights. Very few things can be more romantic than strolling along the Neva's granite-clad embankments and admiring open bridges, marvelous architecture and ships passing by.
Since the very first days of the city the Neva was meant to be the "main street of the city". Throughout most of the 18th century there were no bridges across the river and people were ferried from one bank to the other, just the way Peter the Great intended when he founded his "Venice of the North" and "Paradise".
The Neva river is
only 46 1/4 miles long, flowing from the Lake
Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland, in the eastern
part of the Baltic Sea. Before joining the
Baltic, the Neva splits into several branches
forming a delta, where downtown
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