As the second biggest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the home of many magnificent architectures including the Kazan Cathedral and the Winter Palace. Plan well and take ample time to navigate through the vast collection of artworks at the Hermitage. St. Petersburg can deliver quality travel experience enriched with nightlife, cuisine and cultural spots for repetitive visits.
ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St.Petersburg, June 22, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. Church was built in 1883-1907. (De Visu / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 14, 2014: Female tourist take pictures of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Viacheslav Lopatin / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG – MAY 29, 2011: The monument for Catherine II (the Great) at Ostrovsky Square. She was the most renowned and the longest ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 til 1796. (withGod / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 15, 2014: Peterhof Palace (Petrodvorets) with Grand Cascade. The Peterhof Palace included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. (Viacheslav Lopatin / Shutterstock)
ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 29, 2011: Unidentified people walk and take pictures at Palace Square in front of the Winter Palace, a part of the Hermitage, one of the oldest museums in the world. (withGod / Shutterstock)
ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – AUGUST 1: Interior of State Hermitage in August 1, 2012 in St.Petersburg, Russia. State Hermitage was founded in 1764. Now it is largest in Russia and one of largest museums (Iakov Filimonov / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JANUARY 25,2015:State Hermitage is museum of art and culture. One of oldest museums in world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine Great. (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA-JANUARY 22:State Hermitage is museum of art and culture on January 22,2014 in Saint Petersburg,Russia. One of oldest museums in world,it was founded in 1764 by Catherine Great (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG – JUNE 30, 2011: A group of unidentified tourists have a guided tour in the Hermitage, the biggest in Russia. To see all the displays one should walk 20 kilometers. (withGod / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG – MAY 31, 2011: An unidentified woman tourist chooses souvenirs at a stall near Hermitage. St. Petersburg remains the main destination in Russia for domestic and foreign tourists. (withGod / Shutterstock)
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 8, 2012: St Isaac Cathedral with people walking around in a nice summer day. Is a largest orthodox basilica in the world – a popular landmark (M.V. Photography / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 10, 2015: Classic Volkswagen van on the city street (Roman Evgenev / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 14, 2014: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This is an architectural landmark of central St Petersburg, and a unique monument to Alexander II the Liberator. (Viacheslav Lopatin / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 26, 2015: Interior of Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ). Architectural landmark and a unique monument to Alexander II. (Elena11 / Shutterstock)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – CIRCA APRIL, 2014: Chariot of Glory is on the Triumphal Arch. The General Staff Building is on Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia (Kekyalyaynen / Shutterstock)
St. Petersburg, Russia – April 11, 2015: Flea market, The paintings with portraits of prominent figures of the Soviet era are exposed for sale (Akimov Igor / Shutterstock)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, MARCH 5, 2015 – Coffeezzo, coffee shop on wheels, St. Petersburg. Young people buy coffee to go (Lisa-Lisa / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – MAY 05, 2015: Police Academy cadets marching on the Palace ploschadi.Repetitsiya Victory Parade. (Karasev Victor / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – AUGUST 17, 2015: Young woman reads a book in a city park called The Field of Mars (Roman Evgenev / Shutterstock)
Saint-Petersburg, Russia – April 6, 2015: Colorful graffiti with girl portrait over old gray concrete garage walls (Eugene Sergeev / Shutterstock)
St.Petersburg, Russia – January 2, 2016: Black and white portrait of Albert Einstein. Graffiti on the wall transformer station in the heart of the metropolis (Akimov Igor / Shutterstock)
St. Petersburg, Russia – June 10, 2013: Young artists draw river landscape on the bridge over the Neva River. (kavalenkava volha / Shutterstock)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 25, 2015: Unidentified young women standing on the Neva river embankment in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. (Yulia Grigoryeva / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 13, 2014: Petrodvorets, people are photographed in a vintage clothes. Petrodvorets is a popular tourists destination. (Reidl / Shutterstock)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 13, 2015: Young girls take part in Holi color festival (Roman Evgenev / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 7, 2015: People at first exhibition of the project “Modern artists of the world”. Over 300 paintings and sculptures exposed in the Center of modern art of Congress Palace. (Lilyana Vynogradova / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 24, 2015: Quest for visitors of the Baltika – St Petersburg brewery during the October Beer Festival. The brewery is providing guided tours to the plant regularly (Lilyana Vynogradova / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 24, 2015: Quiz for visitors of the Baltika – St Petersburg brewery during the October Beer Festival. The brewery is providing guided tours to the plant regularly (Lilyana Vynogradova / Shutterstock)
St. Petersburg, Russia, June, 10, 2015: Buyers in shopping center “Galereya”, one of the largest shopping centers of St. Petersburg, Russia (Vereshchagin Dmitry / Shutterstock)
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 08, 2015: McDonald’s restaurant interior. The McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. (Sorbis / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 2: Exterior of Salvador Dali Museum September 02, 2014 in St. Petersburg, FL. The museum has one of the largest collection of works of Salvador Dali in the world. (mariakraynova / Shutterstock)
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 26: Exterior of the Salvador Dali Museum December 26, 2011 in St. Pete, FL. The museum houses the largest collection of the works of Salvador Dali outside Europe. (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)
PETERSBURG, RUSSIA-JANUARY 5: Bronze Horseman-monument to Peter I on the Senate Square on January 5, 2013 in Petersburg, Russia. Its height 10.4 m. The opening of the monument took place in 1782. (Tatiana Volgutova / Shutterstock)
St Petersburg Russia – Unforgettable Visit
By Belle Kay
St. Petersburg is a tourist spot that has been a hot favorite with tourists since a very long time. One of the richest cities in Russia, St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of the country as well. Tourism is a huge industry in St. Petersburg and the crowd that seems to inhabit St. Petersburg round the year stands as evidence to this. The lovely locales, the great ambience and the huge number of tourist spots make the city a thriving tourist center. With the wide array of choices on offer, St. Pete rarely gives visitors a chance to sit idle. The activities which must not be missed on a trip to this Russian city are discussed below.
Go museum hopping in this federal city of Russia. The city of St. Petersburg comes under the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO. The number of museums climbs above two hundred. From the Russian Museum to the Hermitage museum; the St. Issac’s Cathedral Museum to the Russian Ethnographic Museum, all history enthusiasts and non enthusiasts would be spoilt for choice. There are countless apartments of great men like Dostoevsky and Brodsky that have been converted into public museums. Make a point to visit the Naval Museum, Railway Museum, Zoological Museum, Paul Fortress and Artillery Museum, among a host of others.
Another activity that promises to be different is that of a trip to the Mint. Dating back to 1724, the Mint has a lot of history behind its years of money production for the Russians. View minting up close. You could also get souvenirs straight from this historic site. The Monumentskulptura or the foundry in the city is another interesting point to explore. See the birthplace of all those jaw dropping sculptures dotting the Russian country-scape.
Visitors can casually walk down the streets of the city or catch up a tour bus that touches all exciting spots of the former Leningrad. After a busy day of enlightenment catch up some great Russian food straight from the kitchens of the famed St. Petersburg restaurants. There are small cafes present in all corners of the city as well. From Russian Salad to Russian soups and cakes, find authentic Russian flavors at these restaurants and cafes. The top three to try are the Teplo, Panorama and Micehouse. Russian food is a great way to end a day of St. Petersburg sites and sounds!
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