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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

Great Experience! Very helpful guide + driver! Highly recommended!

Olga was very helpful, patient, and knowledgeable. Would advise anyone who is looking to do see Peterhof to choose this tour!

Peterhof Palace and Gardens Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Alamdar, 06/15/2018

Perfect, good guide, Paulina, Nice driver

Very Beautiful, varied tour with all the highlights in a good order. Guide Paulina had A lot of knowledge and answer to all our questions. I would definitely recommend this tour and organization. The tour is exactly the same as booked on cruise boat but much cheaper and on day one a great lunch included. Visa application does not require, you travel on the responsibility of the tour operator. With regard Hans, Rebecca, Jan and Yvonne, Netherlands

Saint Petersburg Two-Day Shore Excursion Reviewed by Yvonne, 06/01/2018

An absolutely 'must to see' magnificent church.

If you have the opportunity, do not miss seeing this absolutely magnificent church. One could never include this structure in the throw-away saying: - 'if you've seen one church you've seen them all'. Totally covered by colourful mosaics from floor to ceiling & every inch in between.

Church of the Savior on Blood Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Jennifer, 05/29/2018

Great guide - gave us confidence to use the system - great knowledge

Fantastic tour. Guide had great kniwledge and made us feel comfortable in a land where we didn’t know tye language at all

St. Petersburg Metro Stations 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by Kerith, 05/07/2018

Complete overview of the museum with a good mix of history and art.

Great support from the guide who provide an interesting pathway with a very good storytelling approach

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Roberto, 05/02/2018