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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great tour guided by a very knowledgable guide

We really enjoyed this very interesting and informative tour guided by Evgenia. She is a very knowledgable and passionated guide.

Sophia was a fantastic guide and made our trip unforgetable.

First of all I want to thank Ekaterina Povalkina form ULKOtours as her assistance and communication went excellent and she did everything to fulfull our wishes. Second we had a very good match with our guid Sophia. She was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the places we visited and in addition she was also very helpful when we had questions related to general information.

Fabulous guide Olga, impressive knowledge

Well worth the money to get ahead of the queue. Our guide was super knowledgable, the rooms and the art are well worth seeing

St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Morag, 06/12/2019

Excellent tour & explanation of Russian history via centuries of Art

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Church of the Spilled Blood and the Russian Museum. My guide Evgeniya Subbotina was extremely knowledgeable & explained the history of the Church & the history behind the paintings at the Museum very well. I would definately recommend this tour to other visitors interested in seeing the evolution of Russian history through.

St.Petersburg: Skip-the-line Russian Museum Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/12/2019

Excellent tour. Guide Sergei Zubkov was extremely knowledgeable & good

Fantastic & detailed tour into the heartland of an ancient fortressed city. My guide Sergei Zubkov was extremely knowledgeable, patient & kind, and explained the history of both Veliky Novgorod & Russia at great length all through the trip. Would recommend this trip to history buffs & those who wish to visit the most ancient churches of Russia to gain a better understanding of the history of the country, especially its link with the ancient Viking conquerors & traders.

From St. Petersburg: Full-Day Tour to Velikiy Novgorod Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/12/2019