Wondering why visit St Petersburg, Russia? Looking for a reason to go? Here you can find our Top Reasons why you should come.
We all know that the first question that pops into our mind when someone is planning a vacation abroad is why visit this or that place. We ask the same question as well when preparing for our trips.
So, if right now you are on this page looking for a reason to include St Petersburg in your next trip, you have come to the right place.
As two locals living here, we can tell you that there is more than one reason to visit St Petersburg. And honestly speaking, we don’t say that just because we want you to come, but simply because in St Petersburg there is something for everyone.
But before telling you the ten top reasons "why visit St Petersburg", let's start with a short introduction...
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St Petersburg is Russia's most cultural, accessible and tourist-worthy city, undoubtedly, the most European city across the country. Gradually evolving, this young, vibrant and rich Russian city is looking out to the future, though its routes are still firmly tied in the past.
Famous for its Hermitage, the White Nights and the Draw Bridges... Home to remarkable Russian writers such as Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky...
...It is more beautiful and romantic than you could ever imagine and it is nowhere near as dangerous as you may think.
The former imperial capital is the place where the Russian revolution started and the end of the monarchy came to a conclusion. Here is where the Tsars of the Romanov family and the communist leaders lived. Here is where the Perestroika took place and a new modern era gradually emerged. Here is where the past will amaze you, the present will entertain you, and the constantly changing future will catch your attention.
And there is more...
...With hundreds of splendid museums, cathedrals, palaces, gardens, monuments and arched bridges over graceful waterways, during the past years the city of St Petersburg has become an accessible and an important center of tourism.
In fact each year about five million people, both foreign and Russian tourists, travel to St Petersburg. And, if you do not know, the imperial city was also listed as the best travel destination in Russia, and one of the top travel destinations in the world by Tripadvisor. So not too bad!
At the time we are writing this, there are over 500 hotels, more than 800 mini hotels, and thousands of different types of restaurants and cafes ready to satisfy the needs and tastes of any kind of traveller. We must mention also its many clubs and erotic dance bars, where anyone can enjoy an exciting night out.
Still not convinced?
Then read below our main reasons why visit St Petersburg, the city poetically described as "The window to the west" by A. Pushkin.☺
I can now hear you in the background saying "What are those Top Ten Reasons then?"
We've tried to pick our Top Ten Reasons to "Why visit St Petersburg" below. It's not been easy, but here they are - not in any specific order.
So, you should come to Russia's Northern Capital because...
1) ...ITS GREAT MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES.
St Petersburg's museums are many, interesting and all top notch. If you can check out only two, try the Hermitage museum, one of the greatest museums in the world, and the Russian museum, the treasure-house of national art.
2) ...ITS DRAW BRIDGES AND CANALS.
St Petersburg rivers and canals rival those you may have seen in Venice or Amsterdam. That's why it is also called the Venice of the North. If you are visiting the city during the summer, a romantic boat tour along the Neva river is a must.
3) ...ITS STUNNING CATHEDRALS AND CHURCHES.
All churches in St Petersburg are really authentic architectural masterpieces - a place not only for worship, but also for visiting due to their unique beauty and historical importance. If you go, do not miss the famous Church on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac Cathedral and the impressive Kazan Cathedral.
4) ...ITS SPLENDID IMPERIAL PALACES AND BUILDINGS.
All of the St Petersburg palaces, especially those you find in Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo are the most stunning and charming buildings in the world. Getting inside one of these palaces and its golden rooms will surely take you back to the time of the Tsars.
5) ...ITS LARGE PARKS AND ELEGANT GARDENS.
Most of the gardens and parks in St Petersburg are beautiful, clean and well maintained. Taking a stroll there, such as at the Summer Garden or at the Catherine Park (there are more), not only will bring you back to the time of the Tsars, but also make you feel like you're a world away.
6) ...ITS HISTORICAL SIGHTS AND MEMORIALS.
There are a lot of interesting monuments in St Petersburg to see. Many of them will remind you of the city's painful and rough past - from statues devoted to prominent people to war memorials, or artistic sculptures you will be impressed and, perhaps even moved.
7) ...ITS RUSSIAN RESTAURANTS AND CAFES.
St Petersburg is packed full of interesting and diverse restaurants and cafes. Whether you seek a romantic dinner for two, a memorable fine Russian dining experience, or international cuisine, here you'll find plenty of choices to satisfy your palate.
8) ...ITS THEATRES, RUSSIAN FESTIVALS AND FIREWORK SHOWS.
Saint Petersburg, Russia offers a wide variety of cultural entertainment! In fact it's home to more than a hundred theatres. Among them there is the most popular Mariinsky Theater, a unique spot where everyone goes to watch the famous Russian ballet. Fireworks, which run mainly during the White Nights, local festivals and the celebration of new year, add to the city a charming touch.
9) ...ITS FAMOUS WHITE NIGHTS AND RUSSIAN RIVER CRUISES.
If you want to experience the city when it is more lively, friendly and romantic, then the White Nights and through all the summer, are the perfect time to visit St Petersburg, as during this time everyone is out in the streets taking a walk along the banks of the city's rivers and canals, in the park making a Shashlik grill, or enjoying a river cruise in almost broad daylight, no matter what the time is.
10) ...ITS LIVELY NIGHTLIFE WITH ITS BARS, XXX CLUBS AND BEAUTIFUL GIRLS.
The Russian city's bars and clubs can offer a really warm welcome! Doesn't matter what period of the year you come; when the sun goes down the imperial city gets very active and everyone is ready to go party till the dawn.
Of course there are also other reasons to "Why visit St Petersburg", for example now the city has become more affordable than before due to the negative and "unfair" economic tensions imposed by the USA and Europe. So, lucky for you, you can go shopping, eating out and do many other activities without breaking the bank.
As per any other city in the world, St Petersburg has also its downside and issues, but at the end tell me what city doesn't!☺
Written by Davide C.