St. Petersburg Journals

Weekend Trip to St Petersburg

A June 2006 trip to St. Petersburg by suartd

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: As part of my 6-week stay in Moscow, I went with my group of friends to St. Petersburg for the weekend. Read on to find out about 11-hour train journeys, seeing the sights, and boat rides aplenty.

Weekend Trip to St Petersburg

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The highlights of my trip to St. Petersburg were definitely visiting Peterhof and The Hermitage, taking a boat trip around the city, and experiencing the "white nights." Not much sleep was had during this trip, but it was amazing how much we could cram into a day and a half.Quick Tips: It is very useful if you are a student to get an ISIC card. This got us cheaper train fares, free entry to Hermitage, and cheaper entry to other sights all over St. Petersburg. If you are getting a boat trip, make sure to check if they do it in English. Ours didn't, but luckily we were there with some Russians who could translate for us.Best Way To Get Around: Again, like Moscow, the metro is heav...Read More

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum

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Attraction | "Hermitage"

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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One word to describe the Hermitage would be huge. The place is so big that I spent an entire morning there and almost covered one floor. The rooms themselves are amazing pieces of art. Each room is decorated differently and has amazing frescoes on walls and ceilings. The entrance hall to the Hermitage takes your breath away when you enter it. There are golden chandeliers everywhere, and the walls are covered in golden decorations. There are red rooms, blue rooms, green rooms, and every other colour. The beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings could hold your attention for hours on end. Then comes the art. There are apparently enough pieces on art in Hermitage that it would take ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2006

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum
Palace Embankment, On The Neva River
St. Petersburg, Russia

Boat tour by the rivers and channels of Petersburg

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Attraction | "St Petersburg Boat Tour"

Boat tour by the rivers and channels of Petersburg Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The boat tour is one of the best ways to see all around St. Petersburg if you are only there for a short trip. Our group consisted of two Russians, so we just joined a Russian tour on the boat and they translated for us. There are English-speaking tours available, but I think they are more expensive (rip-off the tourists).Anyway, the trips take you out in the main harbour so you can see all of the buildings, the fortress, and the ocean liners. Then the small boats head under the bridges and in amongst the city. There are plenty of historical buildings that can be seen on the trip, and the tour guide gives plenty of information on the history of the city and all of the buildings, monuments, and cath...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Boat tour by the rivers and channels of Petersburg
near Dvorcovaya Square
St. Petersburg, Russia

Peterhof Palace and Gardens

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Attraction | "Peterhof"

Peterhof Palace and Gardens Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Peterhof was my favourite part of my trip to St Petersburg. There is a grand palace surrounded by the most magnificent gardens I have ever seen. There are over 140 waterfalls and fountains in the gardens, with each of them different so exploring them all is very good fun. There are always people in the fountains cooling off in the water or playing around. This is not strictly allowed, but it is all in good fun.If you get sick of the gardens and fountains, you can explore the palace as some rooms are open for visitors. Also, there is a beach directly in front of Peterhof, so a whole day could be spent there relaxing and having fun. Everyone can have a great day at Peterhof, and you get the most amaz...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Peterhof Palace and Gardens
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St. Petersburg, Russia