Top 10 Things To Do in St. Petersburg, Russia

  • City Centre, Russia

  • Palace Square, St. Petersburg

  • Kazan Cathedral

  • Peterhof, St. Petersburg

Are you thinking of traveling to Russia? Visit St. Petersburg, and it will become one of your favourite cities!

St. Petersburg is proud to carry the title of the Russian cultural capital. The city has more than 150 museums and about 100 theatres. The center of the city is an amazing architectural ensemble protected by UNESCO.

Be sure to visit the top 10 major attractions that simply can’t be missed while visiting this wonderful city: 

  1. The State Hermitage Museum

This is the largest museum of Russia, and it hosts one of the best galleries of paintings in the world. One needs to cover several kilometers (spread out over a few days) to walk around all of the exhibits.

  1. The Peter and Paul Fortress

Go to Peter and Paul Cathedral, the symbolic center of Russia. It is the burial place of many of the imperial family from Peter I to the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II.

  1. The Mariinsky Theatre

A visit to the Mariinsky Theatre to enjoy a ballet or opera is without a doubt a must-do! The theatre is one of the oldest and leading theatres of Russia.

  1. The Resurrection Cathedral (Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood)

The beauty of this 81-meter cathedral fascinates visitors and locals alike. It was built in the “traditional Russian” style, founded on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was killed in the 19th century.

  1. The Summer Gardens

Looking for greener scenery? Take a stroll along the park of the Summer Gardens to admire marble statues, rare flowers, plants and fountains.

  1. Isaak Cathedral

St. Isaak Cathedral is one of the most recognizable spots in the city! It is covered with a giant gilded dome – the largest golden dome in the world.

  1. The Kazan Cathedral

The Kezan Cathedral is located in the heart of Nevsky Prospekt. This is truly the main city cathedral, which also can hardly be left unnoticed. It is a common meeting place; knowing this, be warned – it is always crowded. Plan extra time!

  1. The State Russian Museum

In fashion with St. Petersburg’s love of the arts, you should definitely visit the State Russian Museum. It contains the world’s largest collection of Russian fine art.

  1. The Peterhof Palace

If you have time to go outside the city, be sure to visit the so-called Russian Versailles. Peterhof was the summer imperial residence, now including several palaces, parks and fountains.

  1. Tsarskoye Selo

Impressed by the magnificence of Peterhof? Travel just outside of St. Petersburg to the town of Tsarskoye Selo to visit another former royal summer residence of St. Petersburg – Pushkin. There is a famous Amber Room in the spectacular Catherine Palace.

St. Petersburg is a city you will definitely return to! Its beauty, glory and a great choice of places of interest await you.


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