St. Petersburg Vacation Travel Guide


Saint Petersburg is often considered Russia’s cultural capital. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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St Petersburg lies around 400 miles to the Northwest of Moscow. Nestled on the Neva River, it spreads out from its banks and across a series of islands that lie within the river delta. With a wealth of extravagant palaces, breathtaking cathedrals and magnificent gardens, St Petersburg is truly Russia’s Imperial city.

Its grandiose architecture and picturesque canals were born from the glittering ambition of Peter the Great early in the 18th century, and progressively gilded by generations of Russian royalty. Over the centuries, this dynasty sought to create a city to rival the greatest cities of Europe, and as you step onto the cobblestone streets here, you’ll discover they succeeded. Most visitors start their adventures right in the heart of historic St Petersburg.

Palace Square is dominated by the Alexander Column and is home to the Winter Palace. This monumental palace is a legacy of Catherine the Great and was designed to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia. Experience some of the country’s most extravagant architecture
by strolling along Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main avenue.

During St Petersburg’s construction,Peter the Great banned the use of stone elsewhere in Russia so wealth and talent poured into the city. Visit the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, with its extraordinary mosaics and Kazan Cathedral, another architectural gem. Further along the river is St Isaac’s cathedral, whose gold plated dome has been glittering under Russia’s sun for more than 100 years.

Climb to the top for superb views over the city. St Petersburg was also important strategically as it gave Russia a year-round gateway to the Baltic Sea. Admire the golden spire of the Admiralty building where more than 10,000 tradesmen toiled around the clock to create Russia’s first warships. Just across the river is the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg’s original citadel.

The cathedral here is the oldest church in the city and the final resting place of many Russian Emperors and Empresses. The days of Imperial Russia may be over but the echoes of treachery and intrigue still resonate in regal estates all over the city. Take a hydrofoil to the sumptuous Peterhof Palace and Gardens complex which was created to rival the Palace of Versailles in France.

Stand before the shimmering waters of the Great Cascade, a triumph of engineering with more than 60 fountains runing entirely without pumps. To the South East of the city is the Catherine Palace, its roof gilded with more than 100 kilograms of gold.

Back in the heart of the city, visit the Summer Palace and Gardens. Imagine the extravagant balls that were once held here and see where Tsar Peter planned the graceful canal system that spreads throughout the city’s many islands.

These elegant waterways, crossed by over 300 bridges, are the perfect compliment to the city’s soaring spires. As the sun sets, take a canal cruise to discover the romance of St Petersburg at night. Pass through a network of draw-bridges on a journey that shows the true scale of Peter the Great’s vision. Romantic, opulent and spectacular, St Petersburg is a glittering testament to Russia’s royal history and a celebration of the power of one man’s dream.

Saint Petersburg is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg.

A striking city resting on the banks of the Neva River, St Petersburg has long been a draw for lovers of architecture and tours often begin with the city’s legendary structures.

A #vacation here means entering a world of towering cathedrals, palaces, and gardens, many of them from the 18th century. Additional wonders have been added by Russian royalty as the decades passed Walk through the Palace Square, home of the Winter Palace, or #visit to the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral for astonishing views of the city.

Continue your sightseeing by taking a boat ride down the river to Peterhof Gardens & Palace. This gilded structure and its lush array of plant life is a popular place for a quiet walk in nature or to reflect upon the engineering marvel of its 60 fountains.

Saint Petersburg is often considered Russia’s cultural capital. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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50 Comments

  1. Dashulechka
    May 8, 2019

    Красота!!!!! Amazing))

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  2. Northern TV
    May 10, 2019

    Wow.my dream city

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  3. Gogi Lko
    May 11, 2019

    What is the music in the background ?!

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  4. Marilor Bastille
    May 12, 2019

    A BEAUTIFUL city With a Statue There… ARCHANGEL . ALL the HIGH OFFICES own this one. By Grant of Heaven. Do not tamper with any high office nor Their holders ever again.

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  5. Donald TRUMP USA
    May 14, 2019

    Communism rockss
    Love you Lenin

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  6. aca faca
    May 24, 2019

    The most beautiful city in the world!!!

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  7. Mr. JellyBean
    May 31, 2019

    This is Russia? HaHa, no fuckin way.

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  8. Khai R
    June 1, 2019

    I can’t wait to visit this beautiful city this summer

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  9. Enderman
    June 1, 2019

    Tsar Peter would be proud

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  10. metacarpitan
    June 3, 2019

    wow!! beautiful!

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  11. Yusuf Zengin
    June 11, 2019

    Hi , respect from turkey 🇹🇷. Beautiful city.
    Люблю Россия 🇷🇺

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  12. slafito44 x
    June 11, 2019

    Beautiful and selected images. Without denying that the city is beautiful, there are many areas in St. Petersburg that don't look as caring and beautiful as the ones in this video.

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  13. tammy เกมส์
    June 12, 2019

    👍👍👍

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  14. thomas sferopoulos
    June 12, 2019

    I will never forget our visit to this unique and wonderful city, from Thessaloniki Greece our love to all Russia.

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  15. Shaun Heng
    June 13, 2019

    Lenin ?

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  16. irina z
    June 16, 2019

    One of my favorite city.💝💝💝💝💝🤩

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  17. Adithya Bandara
    June 16, 2019

    Can't wait to visit such a amazing city

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  18. Joseph Verelst
    June 17, 2019

    Zeer mooi!

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  19. Seth Black
    June 17, 2019

    been last month amazing city one of the best cities I ve ever visited

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  20. annu israni
    June 18, 2019

    Yes v. Beautiful, but no english language, and no veg food available at all, so difficult for indians, even in aeroplane from moscow to petersberg, no veg food is available in plane, so no choice for veges, and only beef burger was served in plane, refused by all indians beef

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  21. Josie Sam
    June 19, 2019

    Vraiment magnifique

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  22. 賴小文
    June 20, 2019

    世界中的瑰寶

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  23. fmdxua
    June 21, 2019

    This city looks like a little corner of civiliztion on the map of Russia.

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  24. Nguyễn Đình Quân
    June 22, 2019

    im here right now no i feel so bad
    i miss my home
    vietnammmmmmmmmm

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  25. Μοναδικο!!!!

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  26. Maurice Walker
    June 23, 2019

    A very lovely city so full of history. It reminds me of Venice with the canels.

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  27. abhas sharma
    June 24, 2019

    Russia …the great

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  28. Ngung Tran
    June 25, 2019

    Love this city so much ❤❤❤, from Vietnam 🇻🇳

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  29. Abhisek Sarkar
    June 25, 2019

    I love Russia

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  30. zarko milosevic
    June 26, 2019

    Ovaj video o Lenjingradu je SUPER!Steta sto to mnogi danas u Srbiji nemogu doziveti?

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  31. Solomon Okoli
    June 26, 2019

    St Petersburg is BEAUTIFUL!

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  32. sakthivel aruna
    June 29, 2019

    during the time of 2018 worldcup saw the saintpetersburg with family memorable city

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  33. (Dean) Yong Yu Wu
    July 3, 2019

    Who knows the background music name?

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  34. Delta United
    July 3, 2019

    Does anyone know what the background song is called?

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  35. Ashwani Kumar
    July 8, 2019

    Really incredible.

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  36. hansen yang
    July 12, 2019

    What is the soundtrack for the video? It is soooo beautiful

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  37. I love St. Petersburg! I'm from St. Petersburg
    ✨❤️✨😊

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  38. Mireille Flandin
    July 14, 2019

    La Russie, un pays tellement sous-estimé.

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  39. James Anderson
    July 14, 2019

    Why Americans disliking this Video?

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  40. Gideon Hipolito
    July 15, 2019

    St. Petersburg is my dream destination!!! Greetings from the Philippines

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  41. Asafo Paul
    July 22, 2019

    WOW WOW NICE PLACE TO BE .

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  42. Sir Psycho Sexy
    July 23, 2019

    Does anyone know how the evening admission works for St. Isaac's and the Colonnaded Walkway? It seems you can't buy evening tickets online as far as I can tell? Can someone please advise who's been recently?

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  43. Ninh Nguyen
    July 26, 2019

    Dep qua.

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  44. Arthur Safronov
    July 29, 2019

    My history!

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  45. Ivan Drago
    July 30, 2019

    Wow. Must go.

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  46. Zheng Wei
    August 11, 2019

    Greetings from Singapore! I'm blown away by the majesty and grandeur of Saint Petersburg! I actually think the music and video complements the striking colors of the cityscape, highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of it. What is the music used?

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  47. Shaun Pierce
    August 11, 2019

    I'm dying to visit Russia but am put off by the ridiculous cost of the visa

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  48. AnSonn xtv
    August 14, 2019

    Once upon a time in the fairytale kingdom of St.Petersberg … I suppose the only way to describe this enchanting city . Simply sweeps you off your feet and leaves you breathless .Beg,borrow or steal …!

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  49. Patricia Orea
    August 16, 2019

    I went last year. Amazing city with so much wealth I will go back again

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  50. raj singh
    August 22, 2019

    Beautifu city

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