St. Petersburg has been a city that was designated to be great in this world, since the time Tsar Peter the Great founded it in 1703. While it underwent a name change to Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad in 1924, the importance of the city was so phenomenal that it was eventually changed back to St. Petersburg in 1991.
Water is everywhere in St. Petersburg and that water means winding canals and historical bridges. There are three hundred and twenty-four bridges in all throughout the city and visitors will want to stroll across as many as possible or at least watch a couple of them be raised under the stars on a warm summer evening. As people are walking along the canals, they will be able to see numerous luxurious mansions along the shoreline. Every once in a while, the canals will be interrupted by a plaza as well as a neoclassical palace, but no one will mind as their minds will be drawn to the new beautiful structure until the canals begin once again.
Let's find out why St. Petersburg is becoming such a popular destination, here are some of the top things to see and do !
Right next to the Winter Palace you will find the main reason some people visit St. Petersburg....
Another important attraction in the city center is The Russian Museum
A few steps away from The Russian Museum you will stumble upon a beautiful church...
A stunning church with a view...
Take a walk on the legendary Nevsky Prospekt, one of Russia's most famous and lively streets
Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening at one of the most famous theaters in Russia
If you are traveling with kids make sure to check out the newly build Grand Maket Russia model museum
St. Petersburg is an absolute gem when it comes to cultural heritage. If you’ve come as far as St. Petersburg, don’t miss out on all the wealth of attractions that can be found venturing outside of the city.
The following destinations never fail to impress with their history and grandeur...
While most of the major tourist attractions are found in the city center within walking distance from each other, we reccommend taking a couple of rides in the efficent and architecturally beautiful metro. Each station is a magnificent work of art and the metro is the most popular and affordable way to travel across the city with rides costing only 0.70$ / 0.60 € .
One of the best times to visit St. Petersburg is during the White Nights season ( from the end of May to mid-July ), when the sun never sets and the city is alive 24 hours a day with festivals, activities, concerts and longer opening hours for museums, restaurants and shops. During the White Nights season the number of tourists in St. Petersburg increases, especially on the days when the main festivals are taking place. At this time the prices in hotels and restaurants are more expensive. Therefore, it is recommended that you book in advance if you are traveling during this period.
The city is famous not only for literature, architecture and music, but also for its rowdy nightlife. With its countless bars, pubs, clubs and discos, the pulsating nightlife in St. Petersburg will not disappoint you. With a clubbing scene getting bigger and bigger, you will be able to party hard any day of the week. If what you need is a drink in the middle of the night, there is always somewhere to go with some bars even open 24 hr.
Taking an evening walk in Rubinsteina, a street full of lively bars and restaurants located in the heart of the city center close to Nevsky Prospekt is a must for those seeking to have a good time. If you love good food and drinks this street will make you a satisfied and happy person with more than 50 bars and restaurants to choose from.
Nowadays traveling to Russia is way simpler and cheaper to compare with just a couple of years ago. In a move to increase tourism in the region the government is now offering fast online e-visa applications and low cost airline Wizzair has recently opened a hub in Saint Petersburg offering cheap round trip flights for as low as 30 € making this elegant and stunning city a perfect candidate for a fun-filled city break.
Suggested lenght of stay : 5 days