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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

An amazing guided tour - worth every penny!

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.

Skip the Line: Hermitage Museum Private Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/28/2016

Everything I could have hope for and more!

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.

The Guide Irena was fabulous, the palace with art was outstanding

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.

Great guide, good to get out of St Petersburg for something different

The tour was a small group, which was nice. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful, during the drive she was able to help us understand life in St Petersburg as well as at the Palace. The Palace is amazing but enjoyed the Hermitage more.

Catherine Palace and Amber Room in Pushkin Reviewed by Michael, 10/22/2016

Excellent night with entertaining guide.

We visited places we would not have visited otherwise. Enjoyed chats with guide about many topics. St Petersburg is a beautiful city and our guide shared his love for the city. Full marks to our guide.

Illuminations Night City Tour Reviewed by Ruth, 10/07/2016

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