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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

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
5 out of 5
Nevsky Prospect, 57, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$206 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Corinthia Hotel 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$372 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
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! (421 reviews)
"Good rooms,nice location"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St 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$586 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Alexander Garden, Russian Admiralty and Manege Central ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)
"it was our vacation with my husband. the staff did their best to make us feel like kings. be sure to go for a massage to Tatiana and Denis. Concierge Natalya will book the impossible. if to Petersburg, then only in Four Seasons"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace 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.
Apart-hotel YE'S  Hoshimina
Apart-hotel YE'S Hoshimina
3.5 out of 5
16A Hoshimina str, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$56 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Located in Shuvalovo, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)
Excellent Aparthotel
"Very clean, comfortable aparthotel. Room ideal for 1-2 guests. Nice modern hotel with lots of facilities in the area. Metro station not far so city centre easy to reach."

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2019

Apart-hotel YE'S Hoshimina
Avenue-Apart
Avenue-Apart
3 out of 5
Ulitsa Akademika Pavlova 7A, Petrogradskiy, St. Petersburg
The price is NZ$57 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
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

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ColorSpb ApartHotel Artist's House
ColorSpb ApartHotel Artist's House
3 out of 5
Inzhenernaya street 7, St. Petersburg
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Saint Petersburg State Ballet on Ice and Russian Museum. Church of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
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"Великолепное расположение отеля позволило получить массу дополнительных положительных эмоций. Внимательный и отзывчивый персонал. Все работы по обслуживанию проводились незаметно для постояльцев. Отдельно хочется отметить терпеливого администратора, всю работу организовал удаленно. Все что было предоставлено ..."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

ColorSpb ApartHotel Artist's House
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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