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 St Petersburg Russia Attractions
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St Petersburg Russia attractions range from the famous Hermitage State Museum to the picturesque Church on the Spilled Blood, including Peterhof and many other cultural treasures.

No matter your reason for visiting, Saint Petersburg Russia has something for everyone to keep you entertained for days or even weeks, even for the most frugal of travelers.

The artistic architecture of St Petersburg's monumental buildings, the large historic center, as well as the city's green parks, museums, and the most famous attractions located far out in the suburbs are the heritage, or much better, the core of the history of our beautiful and cultural Russian city.

One of the highest challenges you may face as an independent traveler who plans a visit to the city of St Petersburg is to work out what you will actually have time to fit into your itinerary, especially as St. Petersburg is one of Europe's largest cities, offering many interesting things to see and do in and out of the city. 

If you're a first time visitor, then we recommend starting your visit with one or more of all the Top St Petersburg Russia Attractions listed on this page, so that you are sure not to miss the most interesting sites. And, if you come here not only for visiting the city world heritage sites, such as the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof or  Catherine Palace, but you also want to learn more about its history, traditions, and culture, then we suggest hiring a local tour guide to enhance your experience and enjoy your visit to the fullest.

10 must-visit ST PETERSBURG RUSSIA ATTRACTIONS


Below we've made a list of what we think are the most famous St Petersburg Russia Attractions worth seeing. To learn more about each of them just click on the links below or scroll down the page. Eventually we may also add a new list, but in the meantime we hope this list will help you decide which of them will make it to your sightseeing list.

THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR ON THE SPILT BLOOD


The Church of the Resurrection (Commonly known as "Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood Church") is the most picturesque and visited church in the city, and among one of the best St. Petersburg Russia attractions. Built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded on 1 March 1881 by a terrorist bomb, this unique architectural masterpiece is a place really worth visiting.

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THE PETER & PAUL FORTRESS Island


Located on a small Island, the construction of Peter and Paul Fortress's marked the beginning of the new city to be called St. Petersburg. Once a political prison and a religious site for preaching, today it's an important tourist complex, which houses the Cathedral of the St. Apostles Peter and Paul, along with galleries, museums, and Great River's views.

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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM & WINTER PALACE


The State Hermitage Museum is one of the best St Petersburg Russia attractions, and one of the richest museums in the world. Situated inside the magnificent and imposing Winter Palace it houses more than three million works of art representing every age, style and culture. One would need an entire year to explore all of it, so we recommend going there with a guide to help you navigate around and make the most of your visit.

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THE ST ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL


The St Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most gorgeous and important cathedrals in the city. For nearly 200 years, it has been the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world and the biggest in the imperial city. As such, it continues to be one of the best St Petersburg Russia attractions, where the Russian visual arts of the 18th centuries are shown at their best.

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THE KAZAN CATHEDRAL


The Kazan Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, is one of the great masterpieces of Russian Classicism, as well as one of the largest places of worship in Russia. Located on the thoroughfare of Nevsky Prospekt this is the burial place of Field Marshal Kutuzov, and the only functioning Orthodox Church in the central part of the city.

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THE NAVAL CATHEDRAL OF ST. NICHOLAS IN KRONSTADT


Located on Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland, lies Kronstadt, St. Petersburg’s fortified island guard. Once the main military base of the Baltic Fleet, and sailors, today a new tourist center with a fascinating naval history, an array of sea forts, and a striking byzantine Cathedral. A day trip here is a perfect getaway for those who've had their fill of Petersburg’s most celebrated landmarks.

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THE CATHERINE PALACE & PARK IN TSARSKOYE SELO


Tsarskoye Selo is one of St. Petersburg's most famous imperial villages, and another great addition to your to-do-list. It is home to the Catherine Palace with its sparkling Amber Room and large parks filled with interesting and unusual monuments, sculptures, art works, and small buildings. Regardless of the time of the year, sightseeing opportunities abound here.

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THE GRAND PALACE & PARK IN PETERHOF


Once a formal garden built for Peter I, and later a vast elaborate palace complex, Peterhof remains one of the most important historical and architectural monuments of the 18th-19th centuries. With an area of 1000 hectares, five palaces, dozens of gold fountains, thousands of paintings, sculptures and applied art, it is one of the world's and St Petersburg Russia's most famous attractions.

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THE MARIINSKY THEATRE


The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the main tourist St  Petersburg Russia attractions, and one of the world's great musical theaters. Also known as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater in honor of Sergey Kirov, this remarkable neo-classical building is very popular among Russians and tourists for its famous ballet and opera, as well as its unique interior decorations.

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THE NEVSKY PROSPEKT AVENUE


Since the beginning of the 19th century until today, Nevsky Prospekt has been the most attractive, celebrated and popular promenade of the city of St. Petersburg. Centrally located, this avenue is a four-kilometer length of history, as well as the heart of the top city’s attractions, nightlife and entertainment with shops, souvenirs, restaurants, clubs, and much more.

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