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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

excellent tour, especially thanks to our guide, Irina

Great organization, even greater guide: Irina was very well prepared, kind and helpful.

Eugene was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable - and with humor

We only booked the tour the night before - so very short notice to find and english guide - but everything ran like clockwork. Eugene had a great sense of humor, excellent english and had such a great understanding of the history and the Hermitage itself. He actually studied there. Highly recommend.

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Sue, 07/29/2018

Our guide was fabulous, well-educated, friendly, helpful, and infor

We had the perfect guide. Ian was so informative and helpful, and we were able to pack a lot in to our time. It was a very enjoyable tour, and we would recommend him highly.

Excellent way to find your way round a new city

The bus left conveniently from St Isaac's Cathedral. The drivers, and the guides, were polite, informative and helpful. The biggest downer was that the buses are not air-conditioned and many of the windows do not open, which in a heatwave such as this made life very difficult - for staff as well as passengers.

City Sightseeing St. Petersburg: Bus and Boat Tour Options Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 07/27/2018

Best walking tour and the most knowledgeable Gide

I am Originally from Moskow and live in NY. I was in shock that out guide was from Mexico City. Marco spoke perfect Russian and English. He impressed us with deep knowledge about the Russian history. We expected the tour of the subway, but got so much more. Thank you.

St. Petersburg Metro Stations 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by Irina, 07/24/2018