About St Petersburg
St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and more importantly is its capital of culture. Striking, world famous architecture such as the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral create a great first impression whilst the extensive and well renowned art collection of the Hermitage adds gloss to St Petersburg’s cultural credentials. If you wouldn’t consider highbrow culture your thing, you can still enjoy fine dining and stunning urban landscapes.
Spread over several different islands connected by various bridges, St Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Europe and as such has a multitude of sights and activities to explore and take part in. However it might be better to watch the ice swimmers rather than partake in the action of breaking the ice before dipping in the freezing water surrounding Zaychy Island.
Places to visit in St Petersburg
- You don’t have to be inclined to faith the appreciate the stunning architecture of St Petersburg’s many churches and cathedrals, particular highlights include the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, Naval Cathedral and of course the aforementioned Kazan.
- From priests to palaces and St Petersburg has plenty of those too, with the Catherine and Peterhof topping the list of must sees
- Allow at least a day to explore the Hermitage; there really is something for everyone no matter how anti museum and gallery they are, from the stunning building of the Winter Palace where it is situated to the 2.7 million exhibits on show.
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Must see spots in St Petersburg
The State Hermitage has got to be high on your list of places to visit when you fly to St Petersburg. It is a treasure trove housed in the Winter Palace and filled with artefacts ranging from Egyptian mummies to 20th century works by Picasso and Matisse. Because of its popularity, queues can be long so either go later on in the day when they are shorter or book tickets online.
Another essential item on your list should be a stroll down Nevsky Prospekt, the most famous street in Russia. There are palaces, museums, cathedrals, and statues to behold along the two and a half mile stretch, plus a cafe or two to rest your weary feet.
For more relaxation, try the Summer Garden with the 18th century Summer Palace in one corner. If you crave great views of St Petersburg, head for the Strelka on Vasilevsky Island. There are also some great museums there as well, including the Museum of Zoology with a complete woolly mammoth on display.
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