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St. Petersburg
Travel Guide

Cruise along canals, tour architectural masterpieces and enjoy festivals under a midnight sun in Russia’s second-largest city.

See grand buildings, stately boulevards, golden spires, windings canals and opulent art in St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s most impressive cities. The former capital of the Russian Empire was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 to show off the country’s imperial might. Today, it is Russia's cultural capital and a burgeoning tourist center of galleries, museums, palaces and cathedrals.

In the historic center, visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built on the exact spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Beneath its multicolored domes is a richly decorated building with thousands of square feet of mosaics. Explore St. Isaac’s Cathedral, one of Russia’s largest churches. At the Peter and Paul Fortress, see the tombs of the Romanovs, the imperial dynasty that ruled Russia for 300 years.

St. Petersburg has much to offer art lovers. Inside the colossal baroque Winter Palace, find the Hermitage. One of Russia's largest museums, it holds more than 3 million works of art and historic artifacts. For more art and culture, examine paintings by native artists at the Russian Museum. Learn about folklore and traditions by visiting the Russian Ethnography Museum.

Also known as "Venice of the North," St. Petersburg is built on a number of islands and crisscrossed by canals and rivers. For a different city perspective, cruise the waterways on a boat.

Enjoy a unique experience with a visit to St. Petersburg in June for the White Nights. During these midsummer evenings the sun barely sets and the city hosts several festivals. See opera, ballet and musical performances at the White Nights Festival. Revel in the Scarlet Sails, a huge celebration with fireworks, concerts and a water show.

Reach St. Petersburg by flying into Pulkovo Airport. Get around by public transportation or rental car. Enjoy the city’s history, culture and attractions, and save some time to venture farther afield. St. Petersburg is within easy reach of the sumptuous estates of the Romanov Tsars including Peterhof Palace and Pavlovsk Palace.

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Where to stay in St. Petersburg

Top hotels in St. Petersburg

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
5 out of 5
22, Moika River Embankment, St. Petersburg
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$204 per night from 26 Mar. to 27 Mar.

This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Palace Square and State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (434 reviews)

"One of the best hotels was truly amazed at the quality"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2020

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovo Airport St Petersburg
Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovo Airport St Petersburg
4 out of 5
Building ZD 41, Pulkovskoe Shosse 41, Pulkovskoye Shosse Moskovskii Rayon, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$55 per night from 21 Mar. to 22 Mar.

This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located near the airport, 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Expoforum, and within 25 mi (40 km) of State Hermitage Museum and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)

"Great that this hotel have direct connection to the Terminal. BUT! It is impossible to reach it directly by taxi - I had to go about 100 m with huge bag and under rain with snow!!!! How is it possible???"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovo Airport St Petersburg
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
5 out of 5
Nevsky Prospect, 57, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$138 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galeria, Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral. Summer Garden ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"Nothing specific to outline other than location and the historic building"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2021

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in St. Petersburg

Гостевой дом Gorskaya
Гостевой дом Gorskaya
Bolshaya Gorskaya, Sestroretsk, Saint Petersburg
The price is NZ$78 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

Located in Kurortny District, this holiday home is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Folk Literature Museum and within 12 miles (20 km) of Verkhniy Park and Penates. Repino ...

Гостевой дом Gorskaya
Сomfortable apartments on the shore of the Gulf of Finland
Сomfortable apartments on the shore of the Gulf of Finland
1? Primorskoye Shosse, 1 building, 412 apartments, Sestroretsk, Saint Petersburg
The price is NZ$153 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

Located in Kurortny District, this apartment building is within 25 miles (40 km) of Golden Beach, Puhtolova Mountain Ski Resort and Buddhist Temple. Saint Petersburg ...

Сomfortable apartments on the shore of the Gulf of Finland
Apartments Salut plus
Apartments Salut plus
2.5 out of 5
Pulkovskoe Highway 14 E, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$36 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

Located in Moskovskiy, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Catherine Palace and Park in Tsarskoye Selo, Palace Square and Kazan Cathedral. Church of the ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)

"The location is good if you’re visiting the expo for example. Some rooms are better than the others. English communication is a bit challenging. The room was relatively clean and nice."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Apartments Salut plus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of St. Petersburg

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7 Jan. 2020

A true must-see for any lifetime.

5/5 - Excellent

Cambell

19 Nov. 2019

Terrific City. So much to see, great history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Sep. 2019

Fabulous city, loved activity of band playing on streets, Rey entertaining

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Aug. 2019

Definitely should be on anyone's visit list and needs 4-5 days. Overwhelming, loved it, loved brightly colored gardens everywhere.

5/5 - Excellent

Alison

28 Jul. 2019

General Staff Building a treasure trove

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jul. 2019

Clean, safe and very interesting city with so, so much to see and do.

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