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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The guide Anna was excellent knew exactly how to pace things.thanks

meeting was on time . everything was very professional and Anna our guide was excellent Thank you so much Fay Turetsky

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by fay, 12/09/2017

It was a wonderful tour with a nice guide.

Lida was very nice guide with fluent English. I made some rude question about her age but she deal with that question very well. She explaind everything in detail and clearly and gave propt answer to any kind of question. Because of her, my memory of St. Petersburg is getting more wonderful. I don't know whether I can visit this city again but if possible I want to see her again.

St. Petersburg Treasures Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/05/2017

Wonderful tour to really understand more about the Hermitage

Great tour! In 3 hours, I feel I saw a lot of the Hermitage and not miss anything important, while never feeling rushed. I learned so much about the history of the building and St Petersburg through the explanations with the paintings and interiors. Also about European paintings, my guide (I’m sure I am misspelling her name, Valeria) was very knowledgeable and often had stories about how they ended up in the hermitage. The 3 hours flew by and I think having this tour made the museum so much more manageable. Afterwards I stayed a few more hours, not getting lost once.

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Hanna, 11/23/2017

The tour guide was lovely and very informative. I loved every moment.

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who decides to visit St Petersburg.

Timing and arrangements are really good with an experienced guide.

Highly recommended the guide even explained some important landmarks on the way to Peterhof. Thanks!

Peterhof Palace and Gardens Half-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/10/2017