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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

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

Svetlana, experienced guide, English very fluent. I recommend her!

Wunderfull appartment, nicely equipped, clean. The entrance of the building itself is somewhat disappointing, the appartment itself is very nice indeed. We did a Hermitage tour with 7 people, Svetlana basically did not stop talking, sharing a lot of relevant information and (background) stories.

St. Petersburg Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Arjos, 06/20/2017

Very knowledgeable and professional guide.

I would recommend the tour to anybody visiting the Hermitage for the first time. The priviledge to start the tour before the official museum opening time certainly is more than worth the money we've paid for the tickets. What we've accomplished in three extremely efficient and enjoyable hours could have taken a whole day if we decided to see the museum on our own. And the guide was extremely professional and knowledgeable.

St. Petersburg Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/15/2017

Very good guide and a pleasant six-hour trip

Polina was a great guide explaining with perfect English the highlights about Pushkin, Catherine and Pavlovsky Palace. She is very knowledgeable regarding St Petersburg and gave us lots of tips and total support on the way back dropping us anywhere we wanted in the city centre. I highly recommend this tour because the price is fair, in a small group (we were only two people) and the quality of the guide is excellent.

Very informative guide and a pleasant guide, a lot to see & to wonder

Very eloquent English speaker an knowledgeable guide> I have learned a lot about the city and its jewels. Unfortunately it was rainy , but eventhough we manage to see and walk a lot. Spasiba. Eva

Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Eva, 06/12/2017

Our guide was great, excellent English and very knowledgeable.

Great tour, lots of information along the way. Because of the noise of the trains coming and going it would be much easier for the guide if they used a microphone and earphones for the group. We enjoyed our tour!

St. Petersburg Metro Stations 1.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by Kay, 06/11/2017