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 St Petersburg Attractions
   Find Out What to See in the Northern Capital of Russia.

Looking for St Petersburg attractions? If so you've come to the right place. Here you can find a complete list of the best sights of the city and learn more about each of them.

St Petersburg attractions are a combination of matchless architectural ensembles, great historical and cultural monuments, picturesque parks and gardens, stunning cathedrals, churches, and sculptural compositions, as well as numerous rivers and canals framed by granite embankments and patterned railings of bridges.

All of this put together make the Northern Capital of Russia, the most European-like city in the country, a unique, elegant, and magnificent place, well worth exploring.

Palaces, cathedrals, churches, narrow streets, wide avenues, canals and rivers surrounded by 18th and 19th century buildings, reflect different architectural styles and have delighted millions of visitors for three centuries up to now, including us - two locals living here.

Many famous people who contributed to the history and culture of Russia, have also visited today's most wonderful attractions in St Petersburg: Tsars and Princes, artists and poets, writers and adventurers.

Thus, when walking along the streets of Saint Petersburg anyone can breathe the cultural atmosphere which people such as Lomonosov, Derzhavin, Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoevsky did when they were writing their masterpieces. And, if you come, you too will experience such a great cultural and poetical atmosphere.

So, are you ready to experience the vast history, romance and treasures of St Petersburg, Russia?

If so, let's start from below.

ST PETERSBURG ATTRACTIONS IN ONE CLICK

Dear visitor, to help you get to know all the main and best tourist attractions here in Saint Petersburg, we have organized them into different categories. To get you started just click on the links below.

TOP ST PETERSBURG ATTRACTIONS


From the famous Hermitage State Museum to the summer residences of the Russian Tsars, from the majestic architectural of cathedrals and churches like St. Isaac and Kazan Cathedral or the Church on the Spilled Blood, one of the most pictured churches in the city, find out St. Petersburg's most visited and interesting tourist attractions.

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MUSEUMS


From over 100 museums, ranging from the vast Hermitage, one of the world's most famous galleries, to several museums of art, science, history and politics, including small apartments devoted to Russia's greatest writers, St Petersburg offers exciting and diverse expositions for everyone.

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PALACES


St Petersburg boasts a huge number of stunning and imposing neo-classic palaces where Tsars and famous aristocratic families lived in the past. From the most popular Winter Palace to Mikhailovskiy, Stroganoff or Yusupov Palace, and many others, there are plenty of royal rooms to visit and great stories to hear.

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CHURCHES


Most of the great and well known orthodox churches in St Petersburg are located in the heart of the city, while others, those small parish churches, are spread out and hidden randomly everywhere. They come in different size, shape, and architectural styles, but they all are spectacularly beautiful. Some are even places of worship to the city.

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CATHEDRALS


St. Petersburg's Orthodox Cathedrals are also extraordinarily different and spectacularly beautiful. Their architectural styles and decoration is astounding, if not the most fascinating in the world. Each cathedral was built to show Russian Empire's wealth and power to the fullest - in fact no expense was spared in their construction or decoration.

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MONUMENTS


St. Petersburg is home to dozens of splendid and elegant monuments and statues. Each of them are devoted to the city's most prominent public figures (poets, scientists, military leaders), as well as celebrate the remarkable and suffering historical events that have marked and formed this Russian city.

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RIVERS AND CANALS


The majestic rivers and canals of St Petersburg easily rival those of Amsterdam and Venice. Along with its many bridges, those historic rivers and canals are an essential feature of the city, as well as an essential part of any sightseeing itinerary. Together with its palaces, parks, and monuments they create a unique poetical image of St Petersburg, which almost everyone fall in love.

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ISLANDS


Dubbed as - the Venice of the North - St Petersburg is a city built on hundreds of islands across the delta of the Neva River, some of which have a unique nature and an interesting history that is well worth visiting. From Zayachy Ostrov (Hare Island), where the famous Peter and Paul Fortress was built to Vasilievsky Island, and many others, the list is endless. 

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MAIN BRIDGES


Considering that the city is built on over 100 islands, the bridges, like the rivers and canals, are an essential part of St. Petersburg's architectural make-up. There are over 500 bridges, but only a few are worth mentioning as not all are architectural and technological masterpieces, so interesting to see. The not-to-miss bridges are those who raise up late at night from May till July.

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PARKS AND GARDENS


St Petersburg is one of the greenest major cities of Russia. The city offers large areas of green space, including beautiful historic gardens and extensive leisure parks where everyone can take a nice stroll or relax for free, apart from a few exceptions. From the famous Summer Garden to the Field of Mars, found out the most interesting parks and gardens of the city.

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THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS


It is not only palaces and churches, or monuments and several exhibitions that make up St Petersburg's gigantic treasure-house of art and architectural gems, but there are also many interesting city's public buildings to explore, such as the famous Mariinsky Theater, the Alexandrinsky Theater, and the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Throughout the year inside of these famous building both Russians and visitors enjoy rich traditions of musical theater, drama, and classical music, renowned throughout the world.

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IMPERIAL ESTATES NEAR ST PETERSBURG


A trip to St Petersburg is not complete without a visit to at least one of the worldwide famous Imperial Palaces and Complex Parks situated in the city's suburbs. Just 30 km away from the city you can admire the wealth and heritage of the Tsar's residences, which is made of splendid neoclassical buildings, large gardens and parks filled with unique architectural monuments and works of sculptures, fountains, lakes, trees, flowers, and much more.

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TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


  • Visiting the city takes time and energy because there are a lot of places to cover. To see the main St Petersburg attractions and its suburbs, you need at least a week, while to explore the whole city and its little gems you'll need more than a week.
  • For your information, many of the main St Petersburg attractions are located in the central part of the city, so finding a hotel on Nevsky Prospekt or nearby would be a good idea.
  • You're likely to be doing a lot of walking, sometimes on cobblestones, so make sure your footwear is comfortable. Save the stilettos for dinners and nights out.
  • If you're short on time I would recommend to take a Private Tour Guide. In this way, you will save time and energy – plus you won’t miss out the most interesting landmarks.
  • If you prefer to visit St Petersburg attractions on your own, then just visit a few great places and when you return, you can see the rest. Visiting the city on your own is doable but the first time can be a bit daunting or overwhelming.
  • Admission tickets are not expensive apart from the Hermitage, which is the most popular city attraction after Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof. Usually the ticket price varies from one place to another. The expected price range is around 150 to 600 rubles, which is about 2.00€/2.50USD$ and 8.00€/9.00USD$. 
  • Remember, if you buy your tickets with a tour guide, you will skip the line, but the price may go up a little bit as you'll get special entrance tickets with time and date of your incoming visit already stamped on it.
  • Usually, from May to September is high season here, so I recommend to buy your tickets in advance only for the top sights. If you don't, you may end up spending hours on the queue, so ruin your day.
  • Also, be aware but not paranoid about pickpockets and muggers around the top attractions. Just use the same precautions as you would anywhere in the world.
  • Lastly, to get the most out of your trip to St Petersburg Russia, make sure you plan on your visit and sightseeing ahead of time. Do a little research of the places you wish to visit here in the city, and if you want some help in organizing a guided tour or an airport transfer feel free to Get in Touch With Us. We'll be very happy to help you!

Written by Davide C.

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