Top Tours & Activities in St. Petersburg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most international visitors to Russia will need a visa, so check well before you travel and apply early to avoid disappointment.
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!
- CurrencyRUB (руб)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+7
- Best time to visitIt'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!
Things to Do in St. Petersburg
Top Attractions in St. Petersburg
- 1Hermitage Museum
- 2Catherine Palace
- 3Winter Palace
- 4Peterhof Palace
- 5Peter and Paul Fortress
- 6Palace Square
- 7Saint Isaac's Cathedral
- 8Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
- 9Peter and Paul Cathedral
- 10Nevsky Prospekt
- 11Smolny Cathedral
- 12Bronze Horseman
- 13Kazan Cathedral
- 14Square of the Arts
- 15State Russian Museum
- 16Anichkov Bridge
- 17Palace Bridge
- 18Marble Palace, St. Petersburg
- 19Faberge Museum
- 20Monument to Catherine the Great
Other Sightseeing Options in St. Petersburg
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What People Are Saying About St. Petersburg
We were picked up by Daria from our hotel lobby, and spent the day with her (just the three of us) walking around St Petersburg. It was a fantastic introduction to everything the city has to offer - so useful to get a knowledgeable local to provide those additional details that a guide book could never tell you. Would 100% recommend this to anyone visiting the city, especially given the amount of people that speak very little English.
Mischa and the guide were right on time to pick us at the hotel. First we visited the Diamond room in the Hermitage, really fantastic. There was a Russian guide but this was translated by our guide. She was very relaxed, and asked us if we wanted to change anything in the program. At this time of the year, you could perfectly see the paintings and other things. At the end we got a little present. Really an experience to come back!
We absolutely loved our 4-hour walking tour of the Hermitage Museum. Our guide Elena was so knowledgeable and steered us carefully through the absolutely gigantic maze of rooms. She brought everything to life and we really felt like we had a better undratanding of not only the Winter Palace buildings and the artefacts in the Hermitage but also Russian history as a whole. Book it, you won't regret it - it was the highlight of our visit.
Lana was simply incredible! Extremely friendly and very informative which was exactly what I wanted. No cookie cutter guide here - she brought her own twist to the tour, and answered all our questions. I felt bad for everyone else who didn't have her as their tour guide.
This tour I would say was essential if you want to go to the Hermitage. We did beat the queues which even in autumn became longer. The early part where few people we in the palace with us was very special. Irena was terrific with her knowledge of the palace and the art.