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About Saint Petersburg

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Blending Russian culture with a variety of Western influences, Saint Petersburg is a curious creation. It was Russia’s imperial capital for two centuries after being founded by Peter the Great, whose legacy is preserved in the city’s iconic Bronze Horseman statue. He and his successors invited Europe’s leading architects to fill the city with spectacular palaces, baroque cathedrals and Renaissance-style buildings – all of which remain perfectly intact today.

Cruise along the city’s historic Neva River on a canal boat tour and take in the neoclassical facades of sights like the Mariinsky Theatre, Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum. The latter is the world’s largest art museum, housing everything from ancient Greek sculptures to masterpieces by Michelangelo in its staggering three million-strong collection. You’ll need at least a couple of days to properly appreciate this major tourist attraction.

Other landmarks not to be missed include the Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood, and Peterhof Palace – a vast complex of extravagant palaces, gardens and fountains.

But there’s much more to Saint Petersburg than elegant architecture. On Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street, you’ll find countless bars, restaurants and shops to keep you occupied when you’re not sightseeing.

Direct flights to Pulkovo Airport, which serves Saint Petersburg, are common throughout Europe.


From £6 per night

Next weekend

From £11 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit February–April
Local currency RUB 100 = £1.01
Language Russian
Average weekend price £36 per night
Average weekday price £38 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Saint Petersburg reviews

What other travellers say about Saint Petersburg


This is one of the most insanely beautiful cities I have...

5 October 2020

This is one of the most insanely beautiful cities I have been too it was a shame we didn’t have more time to have a good look round however at night time the place really comes to life with crazy people in cars playing very loud music it is wonderful

Anonymous United Kingdom

Посетить Санкт-Петербург должен каждый, кому интересна...

21 September 2020

Посетить Санкт-Петербург должен каждый, кому интересна история страны. Это действительно культурная столица России.

Гусев Russia

An enchanting city with truly superb food architecture...

18 September 2020

An enchanting city with truly superb food architecture history and culture. The standards of customer service were high and English was spoken widely. Prices were significantly higher than in Kyiv or especially Tbilisi but very reasonable compared to Western Europe. The hermitage and the food is truly world class

Anonymous United Kingdom

A wonderful and beautiful city.

4 September 2020

A wonderful and beautiful city. Many attractions and houses with history. A huge number of tasty and inexpensive cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as a rich nightlife in numerous nightclubs. To feel the Russian spirit to the maximum, you should definitely visit this city!

Leonid Russia

Рядом с отелем замечательная недорогая "Столовая...

4 September 2020

Рядом с отелем замечательная недорогая "Столовая №1". Недалеко от отеля Казанский собор, Гостинный двор, Пассаж. Расположение удобное: Спас на Крови (минут 15-20 пешком), в 30 минутах ходьбы-Эрмитаж. Экскурсии- большой выбор у Гостинного двора. Очень много разных кафе, пабов, ресторанов, закусочных. Единственный минус очень навязчивые аниматоры у Эрмитажа.

Elvira Russia

A classy, modern city yet imbued with undeniable tsarist...

16 August 2020

A classy, modern city yet imbued with undeniable tsarist grandeur - and yet, with a pinch of European taste. Walking through the canal-ridden bridges is an experience by itself; whilst losing oneself under the majesty of the White Nights has simply no parallel. Saint Petersburg is my absolute number one choice even for a quick stop-and-go weekend to recharge batteries. Its bustling bars and unique lifestyle have such a different swing compared to the business hustle of Moscow! A total must experience!

Furion Russia

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