St. Petersburg
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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

Anya is a very good and knowledgeable guide

Good explanation of Hermitage building and of the highlights of the paintings. Super tour!

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Elly, 10/06/2018

Intelligent, extremely knowledgeable, personable guide

Toni was great, organizing us into the Hermitage with a minimum of fuss. He answered questions, steered us around the camera-knocking hordes and helped us notice details in the art. We were lucky to have him!

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/04/2018

Great tour guide and great place to visit!

I would highly recommend visiting Catherine Palace! TJ Travel was easy to book through and everything was as advertised. Eleana was a fantastic guide with great knowledge of the location as well as the history of Russia. 10/10 recommend

Tim was warm, hugely informative with the lightest of touches.

The 3 hours passed so quickly, we left deeply satisfied with the delight, wonder and enrichment we had experienced. Tim was a first class guide: friendly, full of fascinating insights into the amazing things we were seeing and charming. The variety was breathtaking, from a sumptuous gilded palace, through some of the world's greatest paintings to a perfectly preserved mummy from thousands of years ago.

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by Christine, 09/22/2018

Perfect way to see inside and outside Petrohof. Need to see both!

Lisa was a very knowledgeable, engaging guide. We saw so much of the gardens that one would not see on a shorter tour.