The northern capital, the city of three revolutions, the Cultural capital, North Palmyra, the city on the Neva, Northern Venice, the city of white nights – this is not a complete list of unofficial names of St. Petersburg. Each of them is a brief description that allows you not even to look in encyclopedias and reference books, to get an idea of its geographical position, historical significance, and role in modern Russia.
It was in the city on the Neva at different periods that large-scale events took place that became fateful not only for Russia but also for all of Europe. The victories of Peter I, the Golden Age of the Empire, the Silver Age of Russian poetry, the October Revolution, the heroic defense of Leningrad – all this remembers the granite of the Neva banks.
Today, being the most important economic, transport, cultural and scientific center, the 5 millionth St. Petersburg at the same time remains one of the centers of Russian history. It is no coincidence that the center of North Palmyra and the associated architectural monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the main attractions of St. Petersburg is the drawbridge over the Neva, and a favorite pastime is riding on rivers and canals. Water is an integral part of the charm and originality of the Northern capital.
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The list of attractions of St. Petersburg is very impressive. For a long time, the architectural appearance of the city was determined by the palaces, because here for two centuries emperors and prominent officials, representatives of the nobility and just wealthy people lived here. By the number of palace buildings and the richness of their interior, the city on the Neva River takes in our country the first line of the rating.
There are more than 200 museums in St. Petersburg.
- The main museum of the Russia is The State Hermitage Museum;
- The Russian museum has the greatest collection of the Russian arts;
- The Kunstkamera – the first museum in Russia. It was opened in 1714.
- The Peter and Paul Fortress. Here the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter I to Nikolay II, except for Pyotr II and Ioann of VI are buried;
- The Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest orthodox basilica. It has the fourth largest cupola in the world;
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There are more than 100 theatres in the city.
- The Alexandrinsky theatre;
- The Mariinsky Theatre;
- The Mikhailovsky Theatre;
- The Saint Petersburg Philharmonia;
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If you want to visit the theater, tickets are recommended to be purchased in advance via the Internet
Peterhof, for 200 years the former ceremonial summer residence of emperors, is inextricably linked with our history. The seaside paradise was built as a grand triumphal monument glorifying the greatness of Russia, which during the Northern War won the much-needed and coveted access to the Baltic Sea.
In 1990, the architectural and park ensemble Peterhof was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and in 2008 it was recognized as one of the 7 wonders of Russia.
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You can get to Peterhof either by minibuses K-224, K-300, K-424 or buses № 200, № 210 from the Avtovo metro station, or by meteors (hydrofoils) from the pier near the Hermitage (the cost of 850 rubles)
- From airport to Moskovskaya metro station by buses 39 and 39Ex (More information here)
- Taxies: we advice you not to use an illegal taxi near the airport or railway stations. Use online ordering services (download from Google Play or App Store)
- Yandex taxi
- Payment by cash: 40 rubles one trip (tram, bus, trolleybus) and 45 rubles for the Metro (Subway).
- Payment by bank card with PayPass, PayWare: 40 rubles one trip (tram, bus, trolleybus) and 45 rubles Metro. This method works on every metro station, but not on every routes of the ground transport.
- Payment by electronic card «PODOROZHNIK»: 31 rubles one trip (tram, bus, trolleybus) and 36 rubles for the Metro. You can buy it (and recharge it) at the ticket offices of the Metro stations. This electronic card is valid in minibuses (they are marked with the letter K).
- It is possible to purchase a daily single ticket in any metro station (tram, trolleybus, bus, metro). For 1 day – 180 rubles, 2 days – 255 rubles, 3 days – 340 rubles, 4 days – 425 rubles, 5 days – 510 rubles, 6 days – 595 rubles. Time out: 20 minutes. This ticket is NOT valid in minibuses (they are marked with the letter K).
- Metro map.
Saint Petersburg has a lot of points with free Wi-Fi: all the metro stations, some ground transportation routes, restaurants and cafes.
If you need the Internet all the time, we recommend you to purchase a local SIM-card. The average price for 10 GB is 400 rubles.
The end of May in Saint Petersburg is the beginning of the white nights period (very high tourist season). This makes it one of the most popular time of the year for visitors, so you need to make sure you book well in advance!
The list of hotels suggested for booking via our website includes Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden (ISCTA 2020 Venue), CITYTEL Oktiabrskaya Hotel, Martin, U Fontana.
Almost everywhere in the city, bank cards are accepted. We do not recommend changing the currency anywhere except banks.
- Area code: +7 (812)
- Unified Rescue Service: 01 (from a mobile phone – 112)
- Tourist helpline: +7 (812) 456 03 03