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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

Hotel Saint Petersburg
Hotel Saint Petersburg
4 out of 5
Pirogovskaya Embankment 5/2, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$40 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Located in Vyborgsky, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cruiser Aurora and Peter and Paul Fortress. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and Church of ...

3.7/5Good! (473 reviews)
Looks better on pictures

"The hotel was"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Hotel Saint Petersburg
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
5 out of 5
1 Voznesensky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$406 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Alexander Garden, Russian Admiralty and Palace Square. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (206 reviews)
Great stay in SPB

"Great location with great service. Very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
The Taleon Imperial Hotel
The Taleon Imperial Hotel
5 out of 5
59 Moika Emb, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$212 per night from 28 Nov. to 29 Nov.

This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral and State Hermitage Museum and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (236 reviews)

"Absolute luxury palace! Wonderful and exotic and very intriguing, just like Russia!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

The Taleon Imperial Hotel
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

St.Pete Aparts White
St.Pete Aparts White
3 out of 5
Nevsky Avenue, 79, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$96 per night from 15 Dec. to 16 Dec.

Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Nevsky Prospect, Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral. Church of the ...

St.Pete Aparts White
Semeiniy ochag
Semeiniy ochag
3 out of 5
Aleksandra Nevskogo 6, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$27 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Nevsky Prospekt, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nevsky Prospect and within 3 miles (5 km) of State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace ...

3.5/5Good! (4 reviews)

"Сидушка у унитаза была сломана. Обещали мастера - но за 6 дней пребывания так и не приехал. Приходилось делать дела как в поезде.. Номер был как бы на 4ых, но больше двух там уже тесно. Есть столик - но к нему не хватает хотя бы складных стульев - приходилось сидеть на полу, когда завтракали. Защёлка ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2019

Semeiniy ochag
Apartment on Admiralteyskiy 10
Apartment on Admiralteyskiy 10
3 out of 5
10 Admiralteyskiy prospekt apt. 4, St. Petersburg

Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Admiralty Building, Palace Square and St. Isaac's Cathedral. State ...

3/5 (1 review)
Адмиралтейский 10

"Фантастическое местоположение..., но ужасное состояние етой квартиры...!!!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2019

Apartment on Admiralteyskiy 10
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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