Saint Petersburg Travel Guide


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    St. Petersburg used to be Russia’s capital in the early days. Czar Peter the Great built the city in the early 1700s. The city boasts of various architectures such as the neoclassical colonnades and baroque churches. Historical sites were built with luxurious architectures and decorated with elegan...

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  • Rinaldi Harmony

    Seen in St Petersburg, Rinaldi Harmony is comfortably placed close to Alexander III Monument, GUVD Museum and Militsiya History Museum at the Cultural Center of the Saint...

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  • Elegy Hotel

    Including Maly Drama Theatre - Theatre De L'Europe, Zazerkalye Saint Petersburg State Children's Music Theater and D137 Gallery properly placed in the vicinity of the thr...

  • History Hotel on Angliyskaya Embankment

    Including Rumyantsev Mansion, Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge and Petersburg Art Center readily found in the vicinity of the three star hotel, History Hotel on Angliyskaya Emba...

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About Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg used to be Russia’s capital in the early days. Czar Peter the Great built the city in the early 1700s. The city boasts of various architectures such as the neoclassical colonnades and baroque churches. Historical sites were built with luxurious architectures and decorated with elegant art pieces. Visitors can explore almost 150 palaces and a list of other popular attractions in the area.

Travel Tip

Russia can be painfully cold during winter months. The best time to visit St. Petersburg would be summer time, during the months of June and July. During this time, St. Petersburg experiences a phenomenon known as White Nights. It would be best to avoid visiting the city in February as this is the coldest month of the year.

What to See

As proof that St. Petersburg has more than a few breathtaking attractions in the area, UNESCO awarded the Historic Center of St. Petersburg and its related monuments as World Heritage sites. Among the infrastructures included in this World Heritage is the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Another must-visit site is the Hermitage Museum Complex, which also houses The Winter Palace. The magnificent Hermitage Museum contains masterpieces of famous artists such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Rubens. If you want to get in for free, visit the museum on the first Thursday of the month.

Other places you should not miss are the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater, Alexander Garden, Kresty Prison Museum, and the Volkovskoe Cemetery.

The Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s main avenue, houses magnificent buildings and churches. Notable architectures include the Kazan Cathedral, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the Dom Knigi bookstore. The street also provides a wonderful view of the Kanal Griboedova (Griboedova Canal).

Other notable attractions near the Nevsky include Grand Hotel Europe, the Russian Museum, Arts Square, the Russian National Library, Catherine the Great’s monument, the Gostiny Dvor department store and the Anichkov Bridge.

White Nights

During summer, St. Petersburg experiences a phenomenon where the sun does not completely set. From late May to early July, the phenomenon known as White Lights, make it utterly romantic to stroll the city especially near the harbor.

In line with the White Lights, the Mariinsky Theater holds an annual art festival also known by the same name. The festival highlights various international talents in the world of ballet and opera.

Things to Do

Peterhof has several trick fountains, such as in Grand Cascade, where children would love to play. Kids would also appreciate a day spend in the Piterland Aquapark. The largest aquapark in Russia contains several wave pools, slides, saunas, bars, restaurants, and cafes.

If you are with your partner, a night cruise is a good way to enjoy St. Petersburg. The city contains many canals and rivers, therefore, they often referred to it as the “Venice of the North”.

St. Petersburg also holds opera and ballet shows in many of its theaters. If you love the classics, then you can go watch a show in the famous Mariinsky Theater.

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