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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

Alexandra was knowledgeable, friendly and it was a great experience

We had a great time with Alexandra, she was a constant source of knowledge and insight. She was vey friendly and very happy to answer our endless questions about all the places we visited. The weather was really cold and she regularly checked to see that we were ok. In addition she recommended some sights to see by ourselves and gave us some excellent restaurant suggestions. She really brought our trip to St Petersburg alive and we would very much recommend her ;) Thank you.

Marina was an outstanding guide,pity about the 50 minute queu

Outstanding guide (Marina).However given the high price,€197.72 for 2 people,you need to get tickets in advance, to skip the line. We waited nearly an hour (in the snow) in a throng of chinese tour bus folks. This amount of time waiting in a poorly formed "line" should not be at the expense of your customers!! Unfortunately ,I can not recommend your tours services,due to the amount of time WASTED standing outside of the Palace. I was NOT paying for this time.I paid for time in the Palace-however almost half of our allotted time was wasted in a god-damn mob outside the Palace.

Pushkin & Catherine's Palace, Half-Day St. Petersburg Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/20/2018

A nice experience and an excellent opportunity to experience Russian t

We were quite impressed with the venu, the performers and their magnificent costumes.

Excellent tour, the guide went above and beyond.

The guide was very knowledgeable and he gave us so much historical background to the metro stations that made the tour very interesting and stimulating. He also was very generous with his time and took all the time needed to answer our questions and allow us to appreciate all the sites he was showing us,

St. Petersburg Metro Stations 1.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by Nicholas, 01/05/2018

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