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St. Petersburg Attractions

Russia’s second largest city and former capital St. Petersburg is located on the northeastern tip of the Baltic Sea. It’s a stunningly beautiful city more or less a large open air museum

with any building in its historic centre worth exploring in detail. The old centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Winter Palace - the lavish home of the royal family at one time - an internationally-renowned site. Discover incredible artistic and cultural treasures in the Hermitage Museum and learn more about the city’s history from its founding by Peter the Great in the early-18th Century to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in St Petersburg

Palace Square - The historical heartbeat of the city where you can explore the sea-green Winter Palace and world-renowned Hermitage Art Museum.

Nevsky Prospekt - An elegant avenue that cuts through the centre of the city. This is a useful geographical reference point with high-end restaurants and plenty of chic dwellings.

North of Nevsky - Feel like a stroll? Then this is the perfect neighbourhood for discovering the city’s lesser known attractions and architectural masterpieces.

South of Nevsky - Built around a series of canals and where you can visit some of the city’s biggest attractions including Dostoevsky's House Museum and the Mariinsky Theatre.

Vasilevsky Island - Sometimes called the city’s Manhattan the island is home to a growing number of swanky restaurants and shops. More and more visitors are discovering its more isolated appeal.

Things to See in St. Petersburg

Just wandering the streets of the historic centre is enough to fill any holiday but with so many other attractions you might have to limit your strolling somewhat. You can’t miss the Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace complex one of the world’s great cultural venues. See priceless works of art by Rubens Rembrandt and plenty more. Take in more art at the Russian Museum or learn more about the city’s founder at Peter the Great’s Cabin. It’s worth making the trip to Vasilievsky Island to see the cathedral and museums there. If you really want to see the city take a rooftop tour or dine out on a roof terrace to enjoy the best views.

Things to Do in St. Petersburg

Going to St. Petersburg goes hand in hand with attending the opera or ballet. The Mariinsky is known around the world for its performances but tickets do sell out quickly so buy in advance if possible and avoid getting them from costly online sites. As well as plenty of art and music spaces including the Conservatory Theatre and Youth Theatre there are numerous more edgy cultural projects around the city. The Loft Project Etagi and Taiga offer a more progressive approach to the arts with trendy bars and shops on site too.

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St. Petersburg City Centre

Fascinating museums, prominent churches, and charming cafes are just a few top things to explore in St. Petersburg City Centre. A visit to State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace or Russian Museum might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Gostiny Dvor Station or Dostoyevskaya Station to get around town.

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Nevsky Prospekt

Walk one of Russia’s most famous streets and take in the sights and sounds of central St. Petersburg.

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Tsentralny

Travellers choose Tsentralny for its fascinating museums. Hop aboard the metro at Mayakovskaya Station or Dostoyevskaya Station and check out top sights like State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace.

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Admiralteyskiy

Consider exploring the cosy coffee shops in Admiralteyskiy. If sightseeing is on the list, Mariinsky Theatre is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Tekhnologichesky Institut Station or Sadovaya Station to see more of the area.

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Petrogradskaya District

Get to know Petrogradskaya District and its many features like its museums and architecture. You might want to explore sights like Peter and Paul Fortress and Saint Petersburg Toy Museum, and you can jump on the metro at Chkalovskaya Station or Krestovsky Ostrov Station to get around the city.

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Nevsky

Get to know Nevsky and its many features like its churches and gardens. You might want to explore sights like Ice Palace Saint Petersburg and Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, and you can jump on the metro at Ulitsa Dybenko Station or Prospekt Bolshevikov Station to get around the city.

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