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Our guide to St Petersburg attractions in Russia will help you navigate through 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 beautiful granite embankments and patterned railings of bridges.
This entire put together makes the Northern Capital of Russia, the most beautiful European-like city in the country, a unique, elegant, and magnificent place, well worth exploring once in life.
Royal palaces, Orthodox cathedrals, Russian churches, narrow streets, wide avenues, graceful 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.☺
You should know that many famous people who contributed to the history and culture of Russia, have also visited today's most wonderful attractions in Saint Petersburg: tsars and princes, artists and poets, writers and adventurers. Thus, when walking along the streets of Saint Petersburg anyone can breathe the historical and cultural atmosphere in which people such as Lomonosov, Derzhavin, Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoevsky did when they were writing their masterpieces. And, if you come, you too will surely experience such a great cultural and poetical mood.
Below you can find a list of tourist attractions organized into different main categories. Each category contains information about each of the most important St Petersburg Attractions currently open to the public. We hope our picking list of the city's attractions will help you decide which of them will make it to your sightseeing list.☺
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From the famous Hermitage State Museum to the summer residences of the Russian Tsars, from the majestic architecture 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 imperial city, discover St. Petersburg's most visited and interesting tourist attractions.
From over 100 museums, ranging from the vast Hermitage Museum, 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 really offers exciting and diverse expositions for everyone.
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 explore and great stories to hear.
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 sizes, shapes, and architectural styles, but they all are spectacularly beautiful. All Russian churches have been renovated and some have become even places of worship today.
St. Petersburg's Orthodox Cathedrals are also extraordinarily different and spectacularly beautiful. Their architectural styles and decoration are astounding, if not the most fascinating in the world. Each cathedral was built to show the Russian Empire's wealth and power to the fullest - in fact no expense was spared in their construction or decoration.
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 Theater. Throughout the year inside of these famous buildings both, Russians and visitors enjoy rich traditions of musical theatre, drama, and classical music, renowned throughout the world.
St. Petersburg is home to dozens of splendid and elegant monuments and statues, which are a very important historical addition to St Petersburg attractions. Each Russian monument is devoted to the city's most prominent public figures (poets, scientists, military leaders), as well as they celebrate the remarkable and suffering historical events that have marked and formed this beautiful Russian city.
St. Petersburg is one of the greenest major cities in 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, find out the most interesting parks and gardens of the city.
A trip to St Petersburg is not complete without a visit to at least one of the worldwide famous St Petersburg attractions such as the 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.
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 were built to Vasilievsky Island, and many others, the list is endless.
Considering that the imperial 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. However, the not-to-miss bridges are those who rise up late at night from May till July.
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 essential features of the imperial city, as well as an essential part of any sightseeing itinerary. Together with its amazing palaces, parks, and monuments, they create a unique poetical image of Saint Petersburg Russia, which almost everyone falls in love with.
Visiting the city of St Petersburg takes time and energy because there are a lot of things to see and do every time of the year. Just to cover only the main St Petersburg attractions, those in the central part of the city and in the suburbs, you need at least 3 full days; while to explore the whole Russian city and its hidden little gems you'll need more than a week.