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St. Petersburg
Travel Guide

St. Petersburg featuring a city, a fountain and a garden

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

Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St Petersburg
Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St Petersburg
5 out of 5
1/7 Mikhailovskaya street, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$471 per night from 16 May to 16 May
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the business district, just steps away from St. Petersburg Philharmonia and Mikhailovsky Theatre. Russian ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (419 reviews)
"Absolutely fantastic hotel, The young man who checked us in, set the scene: courteous, kind, knowledgeable and friendly. The welcome glass of bubby was fabulous, too. The room was stylish and in-keeping with the age of the hotel. The bed was huge. We had lunch in one of the restaurants/cafes, which ..."

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St Petersburg
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
5 out of 5
22, Moika River Embankment, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$392 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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
SO Sofitel St Petersburg
SO Sofitel St Petersburg
5 out of 5
6 Voznesensky Prospect, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$447 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square and State Hermitage Museum and Winter ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (173 reviews)
"Nice location, everything new and comfortable . Rooms are spacious"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2020

SO Sofitel 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.
Designer Apartment With Comfort
Designer Apartment With Comfort
11 Kremenchugskaya Ulitsa, St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg
The price is NZ$156 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Nevsky Prospect and within 3 miles (5 km) of State Hermitage Museum and ...
Designer Apartment With Comfort
Avenue-Apart
Avenue-Apart
3 out of 5
Ulitsa Akademika Pavlova 7A, Petrogradskiy, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$72 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Petrogradskaya District, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from St. Petersburg Botanical Garden and within 3 miles (5 km) of Peter and Paul Fortress ...
4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2019

Avenue-Apart
Apartments on Energetikov 9 1-3
Apartments on Energetikov 9 1-3
3.5 out of 5
Prospekt Energetikov 9k1, Krasnogvardeisky, St. Petersburg
Located in Malaya Okhta, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ice Palace Saint Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect and Smolny Cathedral. Saint Alexander ...
Apartments on Energetikov 9 1-3
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.

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Cambell

19 Nov. 2019

Terrific City. So much to see, great history.

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8 Sep. 2019

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

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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

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21 Jul. 2019

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

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