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About Saint Petersburg

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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.


From $10 per night

This weekend

From $19 per night

Next weekend

From $16 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit February-April
Local currency RUB 100 = $1.40
Language Russian
Average weekend price $52 per night
Average weekday price $58 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Saint Petersburg reviews

What other travelers say about Saint Petersburg


Были уже не первый раз, здесь хочется остаться на недели 2...

June 12, 2020

Были уже не первый раз, здесь хочется остаться на недели 2 или даже пару месяцев. Совершенно завораживающее место. Отзывчивые люди, много культурных мест и програм. Очень люблю Питер.

Anonymous Russia

Amazingly beautiful city with lots of parks, channels,...

June 1, 2020

Amazingly beautiful city with lots of parks, channels, palaces and art spaces. This city will amuse both reach travelers and those who can only afford free activities. St. Petersburg has its own spirit, once you feel it, you fall in love with this city forever.

Tatiana Germany

Saint Petersburg is good destination for short summer trip.

April 4, 2020

Saint Petersburg is good destination for short summer trip. Some architecture, some local Karelian, Ingrian, Russian and Caucasian food (kebab for example). A lot of fast food on the streets. Few good suburbs. Can recommend river walks and some finnish heritage as Viipuri-Vyborg. If you want a real russian expiriance St. Petersburg not for you, it is too Europeanized. Big plus of this destination- good transport connections with EU.

Anonymous Russia

The best city in Russia for tourists.

March 14, 2020

The best city in Russia for tourists. Many sightseeings, Many nice bars, cafes. Very nice architecture. Many museums. Many rivers and channels with nice boat trips. Many street musicians of very good quality. And many-many other nice things. You definitely must visit this place many times in your life! Extremely nice atmosphere! Good culture! White nights season is excellent time to visit St-Pete!

Wan W.
Wan W. Russia

St. Petersbursburg is like European cities.

March 4, 2020

St. Petersbursburg is like European cities. I loved this city. I spent 50 days but it isn't enough for me. You should walk around the niver on the evening and you should kiss somebody! People are really kind and they are ready for helping you.

Samet Can
Samet Can Turkey

It's a very beautiful city-- I can never take enough...

February 18, 2020

It's a very beautiful city-- I can never take enough pictures! It is easy to get around, great city for walking. Great. museums, theater, concerts, restaurants. Don't expect nice weather, but once you come to terms with that you can even enjoy the rain.

Marcus United States of America

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