Overview St. Petersburg

Visiting St. Petersburg

Known for exquisite baroque and neoclassical palaces, cathedrals, and monuments, the "Venice of the North" revels in its rich history but retains an easy, relaxing demeanor. A stroll down Nevsky Prospect yields a glimpse into Russia's most famous thoroughfare. Trips to the Hermitage Museum, an art lover's mecca, and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth largest of its kind in the world, never fail to impress, while imperial palaces like the Peterhof Palace and Gardens and the medieval Russian-style Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood might convince you that St. Petersburg could be the most beautiful city in the world.

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Known for exquisite baroque and neoclassical palaces, cathedrals, and monuments, the "Venice of the North" revels in its rich history but retains an easy, relaxing demeanor. A stroll down Nevsky Prospect yields a glimpse into Russia's most famous thoroughfare. Trips to the Hermitage Museum, an art lover's mecca, and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth largest of its kind in the world, never fail to impress, while imperial palaces like the Peterhof Palace and Gardens and the medieval Russian-style Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood might convince you that St. Petersburg could be the most beautiful city in the world.

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Stories and Tips St. Petersburg

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The City

Written by Danner on 21 Jan, 2002

Travelling on the coach to St Petersburg made me feel as though I was travelling on a refugee bus, too many people, 7 or 8 year olds sleeping on their parents' laps and in the aisle, babies crying, bad smells most likely from the babies.…Read More


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The Hermitage

Written by Amanda on 13 Sep, 2000

The Hermitage is incomparable. It is one of the best art museums in the world, and probably has the best building of any of the greats. It's set in the Tzar's winter quarters, known collectively as the Hermitage. It's made up of 5…Read More


You must Have a Visa

Written by marcopolo on 11 Oct, 2000

Although most travelers to Russia know they must have a visa, they might not know how to go about getting one. Today the procedure is quite simple and the best way is to call the most efficient visa service that I have relied upon…Read More


Free advice

Written by barbara on 06 Jun, 2000

The weather in May can be quite warm, but it was quite cold on several mornings, too. Pack clothes that can suit 40-75 degree F weather. The second half of our stay was mostly warm---shorts weather--- but I was still grateful to have a windbreaker along.…Read More


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Trans-Siberian Restaurant Car

Written by sararevell on 24 Aug, 2007

The change in food as you travel west to east on the Trans-Siberian and Mongolian trains is noticeable. The further east you go, the better the food becomes. I have to admit that apart from borscht I’ve yet to experience a really good Russian meal.…Read More


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Jewish Petersburg

Written by erikm on 10 Feb, 2007

Jewish life in St. Petersburg is as old (or young) as the city itself. Many Jews came to the north with tsar Peter the Great, when he founded the city in 1703. The history is one of repression, relative freedom, and again repression. The synagogue…Read More


St. Petersburg's Forrest Gump

Written by KDKerr on 09 Jun, 2005

On my trip to Finland and Russia, the tour director's objective was to fit as many sightseeing opportunities as possible into each day. On the morning of my third day outside of the US, I took a brief bus tour of Helsinki's major sites before…Read More


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Peterhoff (Summer Palace)

Written by LetsGoThere on 18 Aug, 2005

Spending a half a day at the summer palace at Peterhoff is a great way to kick of your trip. Getting there without a guide will be difficult; it’s about an hour out of town. Our visitrussia.com guide was excellent at getting us…Read More


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St. Petersburg City Tour with Private Guide and Driver

Written by Piscean Amber on 27 Feb, 2005

Our city tour guide, Lenna, teaches English at the university, but she said that she would be living at the poverty level on her university salary. She supplements her salary by teaching private English language classes and working for the hotel as a tour guide.…Read More


They tried to mug me, but I was luckier than most

Written by Kossack on 18 Sep, 2005

I've been to St Petersburg six or seven times in the last 15 years, but the crime problem has really gotten a bit worse lately. And I would not have been aware of how to protect myself, or even what to look for if I'd…Read More


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