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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

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  • 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

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

Wonderful walk through St Petersbug with our lovely tour guide.

What a lovely time we had walking through the city with our guide who told us so many interesting facts, history and stories of this stunning city. I really think it's one of the best ways to view all the wonderful buildings and I so pleased we did it. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who visits this amazing city, great tour guide, professional service and a delightful time.
St Petersburg Boat Trip and Walking Tour Reviewed by Sarah, 10/04/2016

Brilliant tour & guide who treated us like VIPs for the day!

Punctual meeting us at our hotel with a driver. Our guide explained everything to us very clearly & made the whole trip very interesting. We were made to feel very special & would definitely recommend the trip.
Catherine Palace and Amber Room in Pushkin Reviewed by Ann, 09/29/2016

Private tour & treated as VIPs for the day!

Brilliant tour & guide who explained everything to us in brilliant English & made us feel special. Beautiful surroundings & safe travelling.

Early bird entry with a very small group & own guide

Very knowledgeable guide in a very small group. Punctual & excellent English language & selected highlights of the museum to show us & to explain the history. Would definitely recommend!

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