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With so many hostels in St Petersburg, you’ll have no trouble at all finding the perfect place to stay in this ancient Russian city. You can be the Czar of your own domain in a palatial hostel with gilt frescos and luxury bedding, or just pick a cosy family-run hostel with a kitchen that’s a home from home, steps from the city’s attractions.
You’ll find a great range of facilities at St Petersburg’s hostels, with free Wi-Fi as standard at most, as well as video games, in-house bars, pool tables, table tennis and even live music at some. The hostels of St Petersburg are all over the city allowing you to choose the ideal place to explore this jewel in the Russian crown.
Getting around the sights of St Petersburg
Peter the Great founded the city that bears his name in 1703 and over the next two centuries St Petersburg was the centre of the Russian empire. The extraordinary mix of baroque and neoclassical buildings has survived the Bolshevik revolution and the Second World War, making it a thoroughly rewarding place to visit.
The Winter Palace, the State Hermitage museum, Yusupov palace, and the Kunstkamera are all major sights that are top of the list for anyone who wants to understand Russian history and culture, with lots of hostel options close by to make it easy to get around all of them.
Particularly noteworthy also are the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the Romanovs are buried, the golden domed St Isaacs cathedral, the five-domed Church on the Spilled Blood, the Alexander Nevsky monastery and Menshikov Palace. It’s easy to either walk from your hostel or take a bus around the city centre to take in all the main sights.
Culture and art in St Petersburg
Ballet and classical music are central to Russian culture and the Mariinsky Theatre is the home of both. Ballerinas have performed Swan Lake and the Nutcracker for centuries, even under Soviet rule when it was known as the Kirov ballet.
A very un-Soviet institution is the Faberge Museum, which houses the largest collections of these ornate eggs – but you must book in advance for a tour. You’ll also find a dozen other fascinating museums in St Petersburg, with collections of Russian art, decorative arts, street art, and the works of Vladimir Nabokov as well as the history of Petrograd and Leningrad, St Petersburg’s two Communist-era names, at the Kirov museum.
Eating and drinking in St Petersburg
Whether you want grand dining experiences worthy of an oligarch or a simple expression of the best in Russian cuisine, you can find it in St Petersburg – just ask your hostel for a local recommendation. There’s a range of international cooking available at the hundreds of restaurants in the city port, but you should try classic Russian dishes like borscht, a thick red broth, pelmeny meat dumplings, blini pancakes with caviar, or beef stroganoff.
Naturally vodka is high on the list of things available in the best Russian bars, some of which can be found at the city’s hostels. You’ll also find some superb beers and cocktails as well as great cafes and tea houses.
Enjoy your stay at a St Petersburg hostel
With so many hostels and so many sights, St Petersburg is the ideal place to visit whether you’re on a budget or flushed with cash. The historic heart of St Petersburg beats strongly for locals and visitors and once you’ve been once, you’ll be back again before you know it.