St. Petersburg is one of those places where it’s really difficult to get bored, no matter how long you stay there. There are so many museums to see, so many places to go, and so many things happening all the time. It makes it very difficult to choose how to pass the time. Hopefully this article will be a helpful resource to decide what to do, based on the amount of time you’ll spend in the city.
1. Savior on the Spilled Blood
St. Petersburg’s “ice-cream” church is a must-visit, especially if you haven’t been to Moscow, and not only for the church, but also for the area and the surroundings. Located right by the channel, it is the perfect place for a walk. Not to mention, the general atmosphere is so lively with people performing and artists selling their creations all around.
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Address: Griboyedov Channel Embankment, 2Б, St. Petersburg, Russia
Opening times: 10.30 am - 6 pm
Website: Savior on the Spilled Blood
2. Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress is spread over a rather wide area. It has free entrance (except if you want to enter Peter and Paul Cathedral) and is the perfect place for an afternoon walk. The fortress is imposing and provides a good history lesson. In case you get tired of walking, there’s a riverside sandy beach close by, where you can enjoy the sun.
Peter and Paul Fortress
Address: Petropavlovskaya Fortress 3, St. Petersburg, Russia
Website: Peter and Paul Fortress
3. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
The State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace should be on the list for anyone who’s passionate about art. Be advised though: the collection is so big, you’ll have to choose wisely where to go and what to see.
State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
Address: 2 Dvortsovaya Square, St. Petersburg, Russia
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4. Watch the bridge opening ceremony
The most famous bridge in the city is Dvortsovy (Palace) Bridge. A great activity is watching the bridge opening ceremony on one of St. Petersburg’s famous white nights. If you’ve already seen loads of bridges open, it might not be a big deal for you. Otherwise, take some snacks, maybe some beers and find a good spot to watch the magic of the bridge while interacting with the other people around you who are doing the same thing.
Bridge opening ceremony
Address: Dvortsovy (Palace) Bridge
Website: Timetable for bridge opening
5. The State Museum of Political History of Russia
You probably need around two hours to not rush through the exhibition put together by the State Museum of Political History of Russia. The exhibition is very well organized. It takes you through all the events chronologically, stopping in the current days. It provides a lot of background information for people who are not familiar with Russian history. It is a great way to learn more about Russia in general and St. Petersburg in particular.
The State Museum of Political History of Russia
Address: Kuibysheva st., 2/4 | Metro: Gorkovskaya, St. Petersburg, Russia
Opening times: 10 am - 6 pm
6. Grand Palace (Peterhof Museum)
Don’t miss the Russian Versailles in Peterhof with its magnificent gardens and palaces. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it should definitely make it on your list.
Grand Palace (Peterhof Museum)
Address: 2 Razvodnaya Street, Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia
Website: Grand Palace (Peterhof Museum)
7. St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is unique not only due to the fact that it’s the largest Orthodox church in the world, but also because of its colorful interior and inside columns. It also provides an amazing view over the city if you climb up the colonnade. It’s definitely one of the most impressive churches (if not the most impressive one) in St. Petersburg.
St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum
Address: 4 Isaakiyevskaya Sq., St. Petersburg, Russia
Website: St. Isaac’s Cathedral State Museum
8. The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt
This is the place to learn about history of the Russian Navy. The architecture of The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas is outstanding both on the outside and on the inside. Since you will have to get to Kronstadt Island, make sure you also visit the surroundings while in the area.
The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt
Address: 1 Yakornaya Ploshchad, Kronstadt, St. Petersburg, Russia
9. Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)
The central square - the heart of historic St. Petersburg - Palace Square, gathers the most important monuments and landmarks in the city. It is a great meeting spot. Although it’s a huge area, it can get rather crowded in the evenings, creating a lively atmosphere.
Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)
Address: Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, St. Petersburg, Russia
Website: Palace Square
10. Faberge Museum
Small, but very informative, the privately owned Faberge Museum provides a great opportunity to see a collection of Faberge eggs up close. Apart from the famous Faberge eggs, there is also jewelry and icons on display.
Address: 21 Fontanka River Emb., St. Petersburg, Russia
Opening times: Sat - Thu, 10 am - 9 pm
Website: Faberge Museum
Experience white nights in St. Petersburg
Summers in St. Petersburg are amazing - long days, late sunsets, people partying all around. Even if you don’t have time to visit all the museums, you definitely won’t regret having chosen St. Petersburg as a travel destination. The city is bursting with culture. The history, the architecture, and the many islands all contribute to the mystical atmosphere in Russia’s cultural capital.
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