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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.


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
  • Currency
    RUB (руб)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
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  • 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

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

It made us very comfortable without line

Always we see long line at the hermitage but with skip the line ticket we could save our time at the museum.

Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket Reviewed by Jinkwang, 10/10/2017

guide's command of English and knowledge excellent.

Our guide's English was very good and clear to understand . She gave us a good overview of the collections, and an excellent introduction to the history and scope of the material in the museums. we needed this clear introduction to give us a framework into which to fit more detailed plans for future visits. a very professional service. thank you Pauline

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by margaret pauline, 10/08/2017

Extremely good guide! Maria, super young

Was super lucky to have Maria for guide, very young girl with a wonderful level of spanish and knowledge about the museum. I will highly recommend this tour and especially her. Thank you very much. Time was short !!

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Ursula, 10/04/2017

Outstanding tour -- tour guide and driver great!!

Arriving at location for bus was terrible. The employees on duty had no idea what bus to get on--sent us to 3 wrong buses before the correct one arrived. They were rude, ignoring our questions. We talked to 3 people and none helped us. Once the guide and bus arrived it was a different story. Great assistance, friendliness and helpfulness in loading my wheelchair. Guide Olga (I believe was her name) was knowledgeable and so kind. Experience was wonderful but work on that meeting place for embarking a lot.

St. Petersburg: Pushkin Group Tour by Bus Reviewed by Ronald, 09/25/2017