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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.

Tonight

From £9 per night

This weekend

From £20 per night

Next weekend

From £21 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit December–February
Local currency RUB 100 = £1.02
Language Russian
Average weekend price £35 per night
Average weekday price £37 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Saint Petersburg reviews

What other travellers say about Saint Petersburg

10

This City i best for Summers i think ;

5 December 2021

This City i best for Summers i think ; There is less option to explore the city in winters Specially the Boats in the canal is closed due to ice the day is short sun rises at 9:30 and sets at 4 Pm Another disappointment was as a foreigner you will not get an entry to Museum and churches as they need you to be vaccinated by Pfizer and have a Russian QR code State Heritage museum requires RT-PCT test report within 24hrs to buy a ticket and enter the museum We were disappointed 😥 by these requirements

raza mehendi
raza mehendi United Arab Emirates
10

In this new reality western visitors like me can’t get in...

29 November 2021

In this new reality western visitors like me can’t get in the museums because they don’t accept others vaccines but Sputnik, even with PCR negative they can’t let you get in. Very desappointed in that specific issue. Other than that, was one of the most gratifying and unforgettable experience I had, beautiful city, you can walk, take bus or train, subway, eat every place. Another thing to keep in mind, I couldn’t use Uber app, instead used Yandex app, my credit cards didn’t work, but you can pay cash to drivers, the app give you the option after you see the fare or price of that trip. There’s western unions, money gram , banks give you the option to the local currency, I used dollars to rublos, need also translators apps, I used yandex translate, also need google maps to move through the city, it helps you to take buses metro, it works perfectly, people don’t speak English, need translator. Also you can buy a phone for 100$ or less and put a SIM card and pay 10$ for 15 days unlimited internet and a few minutes locals call and some text mjs, I used for internet in order to move used google maps .

Alejandro
Alejandro United States
10

The weather was much more moderate than I anticipated.

26 November 2021

The weather was much more moderate than I anticipated. In late October the flowers were still blooming. Some days had some wind but nothing like the Colorado late Fall/Winter, that I am used to. Great walking City. The sights are truly beautiful and memorable.

Toni Lynn
Toni Lynn United States
8.0

The city is beautiful and has many things to offer to any...

21 November 2021

The city is beautiful and has many things to offer to any curious soul, extra bonus if you are fond of art and/or architecture! I strongly recommend learning Russian at level A2 minimum as it was extremely difficult to have anyone speak English.

François
François France
10

City tourist attractions great but l wish l could have...

30 October 2021

City tourist attractions great but l wish l could have visited area further away from main shopping area such as Freedom Gate on way back to Pulkovo airport also both chocolate and boxed sweets were out of date! but edible.

Alan
Alan United Kingdom
10

Marvelous and lovely!

12 October 2021

Marvelous and lovely!!! And I discovered VeganGo cafe right opposite the Nekrasov museum on Ligovskij prospect! Everybody interested in things Vegan must visit it. Beautiful menu. 24/7. Gorgeous variety of traditional and creative Vegan extravaganzas! The prices... Of course, they always can be better, but these are the best Vegan eatery prices in the Russian Federation of nowadays. Go Saint Petersburg! Go Nekrasov! Go "Sovremennik"! Go Vegan! 24/7. The city never sleeps! Most likely the best Vegan fast food cafeteria in the former USSR...

Petr
Petr Russia

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