Most unique places
that make St. Petersburg a compelling city
Historical places to see in St. Petersburg in Russia
Art, love and war are the three main things that make St. Petersburg one of
outstanding cities to explore. In spite of being dominated by its past, St. Petersburg is tastefully restored and
remarkably well preserved. Once famously known as the capital of tsars, today the metropolis feels more like an
open-air museum. The Russian-like architecture is present is every cathedral, museum and gallery, and also on every
There’s something about this place that makes it appealing to people around the
world. The underground art is growing, the music scene is coming back to life, and last but not least, there’s a
hedonistic atmosphere around the metropolis that lures you in.
St. Petersburg - a treasure of Russia culture and
St. Petersburg prides with fascinating art. Enthusiasts are welcomed to spend a
whole day at the acclaimed Hermitage Museum where they can see a wealth of pieces – from Picasso paintings to
Egyptian mummies, and more. On the other hand, we have the Russian Museum, which actually comprises 4 colossal
palaces. Inside, travelers will stumble upon the finest Russian art collection in the world. As for some exclusive
entertainment, make sure to stop by the Mariinsky Theatre for a ballet or opera event, or maybe you’d like to
attend a classical concert at the Shostakovich Philharmonia.
Europe’s Northern Venice
In St. Petersburg you can’t run away from water, so it’s useless to even try.
Whether you’re enjoying a cruise on the city’s elegant canals, crossing the bridges (choose the best as there are
342 in total), or just walking by the Neva River admiring the surroundings, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy your
time here. But this is not the only reason St. Petersburg is often compared to Venice. In the historic city centre the canals are bordered by Italian-like mansions; there are lots
of plazas adorned with neoclassical and baroque palaces, so it will be impossible for someone not to think of
Venice when wandering through the historic centre of the city.
The White Nights
St. Petersburg’s white nights are legendary. The summer
evenings are long and warm, and travelers will have a unique opportunity to admire how the sun barely soaks
below the horizon. In May, the spring season is in full bloom. The parks are filled with blooming trees, and in
mid-June the whole city transforms into a festival heaven. The whole of St. Petersburg will be packed with
concerts and live events. However, no visit to this royal-like metropolis is complete without having seen its
world-famous palaces in the suburbs. These fascinating estates are a must-see as they showcase extensive
landscape gardens and a vast treasury of history and art.
Peterhof is one of St.
Petersburg’s most charming palaces. It is also the city’s most popular and well-known attraction. Often called
“The Russian Versailles”, Peterhof prides with a grandiose park and palace. Among several of the finest places
of interest you can explore while on the premises, we should mention: The Peterhof Park & Gardens, Peterhof
Gardens, Grand Palace, Peterhof Hermitage, and Monplaisir, among numerous others.
The Hermitage Museum is St’ Petersburg most acclaimed place of interest. It is also one of the
most prestigious in the world, with a collection of over 3 million items, from fascinating Oriental treasures to
Impressionist masterpieces. The Main Museum Complex and Winter Palace are must see collections. However, to see
as much as possible, you are advised to get a guided tour. Otherwise, you won’t be able to admire the 350
exhibition rooms all by yourself.
Easily accessible from the center of the city, tourists can get to Yelagin Island in about 20 minutes with the metro. This beautiful and relaxing parkland is
a must-see, both in the summer when you can enjoy boating on the lake, and in the winter when you can try out
outdoor skating activities. Since there are literally no cars on this island, the surroundings are truly
peaceful and tranquil.
Enjoy your trip to the beautiful St. Petersburg and make the most of every second
spent on its territories. The Russian history of this metropolis, the customs & traditions, the events, and
ultimately the outstanding architecture will surely convince you to come back someday.
By Jason Phillips and BalticTravelCompany.com