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St. Petersburg's 7 best things to see and do

While Moscow has the bulk of Russia's history, St. Petersburg is its most exciting destination. With a young population and ever-growing cultural landscape, the city is bathed in a unique light and laid-back vibe. See our sightseeing highlights.

Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Visit the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city, where you can learn about the religion and history of this important landmark. Entry plus audio guide is 350RUB.

State Russian Museum

State Russian Museum

With the biggest collection of fine art in St. Petersburg, this attraction is a hit with art lovers, though is often quite quiet. Enjoy the work of Russian artists of the past.

Nevsky Prospect

Nevsky Prospect

The main street in the city, this bustling thoroughfare offers beautiful buildings, bridges and squares. Best enjoyed as a walking tour, with opportunities to shop along the way.

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

This opulent building is perhaps the sight the city is most proud of. With more than 100 rooms, highlights include the gilded Armorial Hall. Visit at night for a pretty picture.

Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

Ballet and opera are the cornerstones of St. Petersburg's classical culture, and the best on offer takes place here. The season ends in early August and begins in late September.

Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace

The garden fountains (check dates) and golden statues are the real stars of the show at this extravagant palace, although some of the lavish interiors must be seen to be believed.

Hermitage

Hermitage

A vast museum housed in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is perhaps the jewel in the city's tourism crown. The stately rooms bear many artistic treasures; leave hours to explore.

Planning Your St. Petersburg Visit

Getting around

The St. Petersburg Metro is a good way to get around the city, particularly in winter, when it can be bitingly cold. Tickets are available at the stations from the toll booths, and a smart card that you can top up is the easiest option if you're staying more than a couple of days.

Do I need a visa?

Most international visitors to Russia will need a visa, so check well before you travel and apply early to avoid disappointment.

What is the weather like?

It's said the weather in this city has character - in others words, be prepared. By Russian standards, it doesn't get too cold - never really below minus 10 degrees - and in the summer highs can reach 30 degrees. However, a jacket and umbrella are always handy to have in your luggage!

Good to know

  • Language
    Russian
  • Currency
    RUB (руб)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +7
  • Best time to visit
    It's more expensive to visit in the summer months, but this is by far the best time. The temperatures are warm and the days are the longest, so you may get to attend the White Nights celebrations!

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

Great tour - room to improve the audio guid

The boots Tour was nice. But unfortunate the audio guide in German was not working really well, since the recoded voice was really quiet and you couldn’t make the device louder. So I switched to English version, which was ok, but for my parents who can‘t speak English is was a shame that they couldn‘t enjoy the tour that much. Room for improvement. One tip bring a jacket since it’s quit windy and it can get cold.

St Petersburg: Faberge Canal and River Cruise Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/16/2019

Daria and Oleg were dream guide and driver for a wonderful visit

From the welcome to the goodbye it was a wonderful day Our guide met us right on time at our hotel and took us to meet our excellent driver who made St Petersburg driving seem easy Daria's knowledge opened the secrets of the Palace and many other aspects of St Petersburg even introducing us to Eliseyev. The day went so smoothly and quickly and we had a lot of fun on the way.

A fantastic 2 days, our guide Elena and driver were excellent.

A fantastic 2 days, our guide Elena and driver were excellent. Elena gave us a very informative 2 days explaining everything clearly and making sure that we saw all the major sites of St Petersburg. Would recommend the company very highly and would use in the future.

Saint Petersburg: 2 Day Small Group Guided Tour Reviewed by Sandra, 08/18/2019

Great way to travel between the city and the palace!

This is a great way to travel between the city and the palace and it was no problem to walk between the dock and the entrance. Remember that printed tic ket gets exchanged at the ticket window before boarding

St Petersburg: Hydrofoil to/from Petershof Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/09/2019

There are no words to describe what an Incredible tour we had.

Our guide was beyond amazing and still shocked by how much knowledge she had. We saw so much of Catherine's Palace and Peterhof that I can't imagine any other way to see both incredible places.

St. Petersburg Imperial Residences Tour Reviewed by Carolyn, 09/03/2019