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Saint Petersburg is a fascinating blend of distinctly Russian and Western cultural influences. After it was founded by Peter the Great—memorialzed by the iconic Bronze Horseman statue—it remained Russia's imperial capital for two centuries. Peter the Great and his successors invited Europe’s premier architects to fill the city with extravagant palaces, baroque cathedrals, and Renaissance-style buildings – all of which remain perfectly intact to this day.

Cruise down the historic Neva River on a boat tour to check out the neoclassical facades of the Mariinsky Theatre and Hermitage Museum, which forms part of the Winter Palace. It's now the world’s largest art museum that houses everything from ancient Greek sculptures to masterpieces by Michelangelo. You'd need a couple of days to see all three million pieces in this endless collection.

Other key landmarks are the Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood, and Peterhof Palace – a vast complex of palaces, gardens, and fountains.

And there’s more to Saint Petersburg than its architecture. All down Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street, you’ll find countless bars, restaurants, and shops to enjoy after running around town sightseeing.

Direct flights to the nearby Pulkovo Airport are common throughout Europe.


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Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency RUB 100 = $1.53
Language Russian
Average weekend price $50 per night
Average weekday price $52 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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A big, vibrant city with loads to see.

February 21, 2019

A big, vibrant city with loads to see. We stayed 6 nights but still didn’t see everything we wanted to. If you like culture and history, St Petersburg is a must - there are some amazing Palaces, museums and cathedrals/churches. We’ve done quite a few city breaks and this was one of the best. There are loads of restaurants and eating out is cheap compared to the UK. We went in February and the river and canals were frozen and it was snowy - we walked across the frozen river one day! All in all it was a great experience.

Ian United Kingdom

It is better to visit Saint Petersburg in Spring/Summer,...

February 15, 2019

It is better to visit Saint Petersburg in Spring/Summer, otherwise the city looks dramatic and sad, however if you walk in the evening or at night. The city lightening makes it magical. Going to Peterhof is worth it.

Viktoria Sabine
Viktoria Sabine Germany

There is a lot to see.

January 7, 2019

There is a lot to see. It was very busy with lots of tour groups. Long lines at all the museums, take along your patience and your sense of humor. Food was delicious at restaurants within walking distance from the hotel

Anonymous United States of America

A stunningly beautiful city full of historic sites.

November 21, 2018

A stunningly beautiful city full of historic sites. Each church and museum is worth more time than most tourists will be able to give. Make sure to get a guide (or a guidebook) because the choices are overwhelming. And, be sure to eat at Mr Bo’s!

Anonymous United States of America

Fantastic experience.

October 17, 2018

Fantastic experience. See the Russian Folk Dance, ballet, St Isaacs Church, Church of Spilled Blood, Hermitage, Catharina Winter Palace and Peterhof (only open in summer) and river and canal cruises. Great public transport. Eat at ChaCha’s Georgian restaurant near Church of Spilled Blood.

Hendrik United States of America

Very European city.

October 10, 2018

Very European city. Gogol restaurant just tops! Canal ride relaxing. Church of the Spilled Blood Very colorful, super impressive. We even saw a large road race, with thousands of runners. Hermitage museum beyond impressive. Impressionists now in separate building. Highly recommend visa-free Moby ferry from Helsinki!

Rachel United States of America

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