Amazing palaces, charming canals, opulent gardens, magnificent churches and a world-class museum make St. Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Dorota’s ultimate guide to visiting the Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, a UNESCO site, covers the best things to do, and what to know before you go.
My first time in Saint Petersburg: a guide of the top things to see and a review of Russia’s first 5-star hotel, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.
You can look up hotel ratings on Booking.com, and find restaurant reviews on Tripadvisor, but when it comes to truly reliable and insightful information look no further than this guide.
The most outstanding sites on a Europe vacation are numerous and should not be missed. Here are 10. What’s on your bucket list?
Saint Petersburg is a city full of amazing history, architecture and museums. The historic heart of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage list while the Hermitage Museum is regarded as one of the finest museums in the world.
Frequently a mixture of styles and movements, buildings provide a unique insight into history and mentality of each nation
Whether Byzantine, Gothic, brutalist or baroque inspired, Eastern European architecture has a lot to offer. Frequently a mixture of styles and movements, buildings provide a unique insight into history and mentality of each nation. And while each building has its story and place in history, certain ones have became parts of national identity and made a mark that can’t be erased.
Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peterhof complex of palaces and gardens is one of architectural trademarks and main historical sites of Saint Petersburg. A must visit for any architecture savvy tourist, Russian Versailles (as it is frequently called) was made as a royal residency of Emperor Peter the Great. Inspired by his visit to Chateau Versailles, Peter himself came up with a significant part of the design for the Palace. Except him, famed architects Leblondt, Barunstein, Micchetti and Rastrelli also gave their contribution to the final look and feel of Peterhof.
Comfortable, rich in content and prosperous, certain Slavic cities have stood out from the rest due to the benefits they offer to their residents
There are cities you should definitely visit at least once, and then there are cities you should consider living in. Comfortable, rich in content and prosperous, certain Slavic cities have stood out from the rest due to the benefits they offer to their residents.
Prague, Czech Republic
Estimated to be the fifth most visited city in Europe, Prague is first and foremost globally known for its rich history and astonishing architecture. But it is not only attractive for tourists looking to explore the Old Continent; It is also one of top choices for expats and people who want to move to Europe permanently or do business. There are many reasons for such a preference, and they are all based on the quality of life and work one can have in Prague.
WHEN in search of an ultimate getaway, I consider going at my own unhurried style, on my own budget, without breaking the bank. While this is true for all types of travelers, I also factor in the language and the people of the city I go to.
“Isn’t it daunting to wander around Russia?” I asked Pinky who egged me on to join her for a whirlwind weekend.
Concerned that English is hardly used in the country, I could only imagine the intimidating atmosphere there.
“Let’s take a daring adventure laden with uncertainty!” she said.
My wariness took a backseat. I was distracted by the tempting off-season air ticket rates and the idea of shelling out Russian rubles, similar to spending in pesos.
The morning air was bitterly cold outside Pulkovo Airport.
Explore the Wonders of Russia , Known to be the world’s largest country, Russia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The country borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans.
Known to be the world’s largest country, Russia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The country borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans.
Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. Tourism in Russia has seen a rapid growth since the Soviet times as it is home to a rich cultural heritage.
Major tourist routes in Russia include a travel around the Golden Ring of ancient cities, cruises on the big rivers including the Volga, and long journeys on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway.
This year marked the 24th anniversary of the prestigious World Travel Awards, established in 1993 and considered to be one of the most reputable in international tourism, with The Wall Street Journal describing it as “The Oscars” for the industry.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, St. Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in the world, home to 36 historical complexes and thousands of phenomenal individual monuments, astonishing architectural ensembles, parks and museums.
Interestingly, this year Russia’s so-called second city (after Moscow) hosted the highly anticipated Europe Gala Ceremony, held at the Marble Hall, Russian Museum of Ethnography on September 30.
“I was very impressed with how clean St. Petersburg turned out to be,” World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke told Interfax.
“I believe that it all begins with the sweep-up.”
Renowned for being the cultural capital of Russia, St Petersburg is home to a promising and vibrant young tech scene.
Established by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg has borne a few different names. In its time, it has been known as Petrograd and Leningrad, and once again as St Petersburg.
This elegant city is also regarded as the Venice of Russia, with its various canals, monuments and a historic centre marking it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Noted for its beautiful buildings such as the Petrine Baroque, Menshikov Palace, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, and the Twelve Collegia, it is a city that has been at the crossroads of historical significance for the past 300 years.
World Travel Awards (WTA) has landed in St. Petersburg, as the finishing touches are put together in preparation of the Europe Gala Ceremony.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and the highly anticipated event will take place at the Marble Hall, Russian Museum of Ethnography this Saturday 30th September.
Speaking ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, WTA President & Founder Graham E Cooke said:
“It will be a pleasure for World Travel Awards to visit Russia for the very first time. St. Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity for the city to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination.”
World Travel Awards has landed in St. Petersburg, as the finishing touches are put together in preparation of the Europe Gala Ceremony.
The highly anticipated event will take place at the Marble Hall, Russian Museum of Ethnography this Saturday, September 30th, while the official after party will be held in the ballroom at the luxurious five-star Hotel Astoria.
Speaking ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, WTA president, Graham Cooke said: “It will be a pleasure for World Travel Awards to visit Russia for the very first time.
“St. Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity for the city to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination.”
With its grandiose buildings, intricate architecture, grand boulevards and storied past, St. Petersburg, Russia is one of the world’s most historically significant cities. Made up of 47 islands connected by winding canals and 500 bridges, the city is like a mix between Paris, Amsterdam and Venice—just as Peter the Great intended when he commissioned the best architects from around Europe to design the city centuries ago.
For most people a visit to Russia is the trip of a lifetime, yet due to costly visa requirements it’s not always easy to get there. Fortunately those restrictions are waived for those arriving in St. Petersburg as part of a cruise, which means most tourists experience the city for the first time by arriving via the Gulf of Finland.
A rare man on the planet thinks of Russia as a boundless taiga with bears holding a bottle of vodka in each paw. It is a country with a turbulent centuries-old history and rich culture. Some architectural and historical-cultural monuments on the territory of the Russian Federation are included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg, is the cultural center of the country, it is its real architectural pearl. In the city, located in the Neva delta, there are enough monuments of art and culture, nightclubs, restaurants with excellent cuisine and cultural routes, which beckon you to come back here again and again. This city has been recognized as the most popular tourist destination in Russia. St. Petersburg is a city where even the dilapidated mansions look charming.
The largest church in Saint Petersburg, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, is to be transferred from Russia’s museum holdings into the hands of the Orthodox Church. The decision has caused protests and is not an isolated case.
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is a “must” for tourists. It is the largest and most famous church in Saint Petersburg, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent building, with its highly visible golden dome, attracted some 3.8 million visitors in 2016. However, these days the cathedral is at the center of a fight in the Russian cultural metropolis; which also happens to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown.
Never owned by the church
St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg had been a secular museum since fall of USSR.
Under the watch of Russian police, a group of activists knelt on the icy paving stones outside St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg to recite article 14 of the Russian Constitution that guarantees the secularity of the state.
Flash protests like these have erupted in St Petersburg since the city government announced this month that it would transfer use of the iconic, 19th-century cathedral and Unesco world heritage site to the Russian Orthodox Church.
More than 190,000 people have signed an online petition addressed to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and Georgi Poltavchenko, the governor of St Petersburg, demanding that the handover of St Isaac’s to the orthodox church be stopped.
St Petersburg’s governor has announced that St Isaac’s Cathedral — officially a museum — will be handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church.
Russia’s TASS agency has reported that the Orthodox Church will receive the 49-year lease free of charge, citing a statement by St Petersburg’s Property Affairs Commission. Nikolay Burov, director of St Isaac’s Cathedral Museum, assures that during the transfer period, which could last up to three years, the museum will continue to take responsibility for all maintenance costs.
Among the biggest changes will be the removal of a charge for entering the cathedral, which currently costs 150 — 250 rubles ($2.5 — $4.5), while paid tours will continue.
“Nobody charges people for entering a church,” Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoyda stated yesterday at a press conference.
Opponents fear restricted access and loss of funds for maintenance if St Isaac’s Cathedral leaves state hands.
More than 160,000 people have signed a petition against a decision to hand over the running of a popular tourist attraction in St Petersburg from the state to the Russian Orthodox church.
Built between 1818 and 1858, St Isaac’s Cathedral was the most important cathedral in Russia until the Soviets stripped it of its religious trappings in the 1930s and installed an anti-religion museum inside. Regular worship resumed after the fall of communism, with space reserved inside for educational facilities, exhibitions and classical music concerts.