Things To Do In St Petersburg, Russia

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, RussiaGlamour and history merge in St Petersburg. Nevsky Prospekt is an endless fashion parade of glamorous women and smartly dressed men going about their daily routine amongst the historic buildings of St Petersburg.

If I had to choose one word to describe St Petersburg, I would have to say – romantic.

Travel Tips

Public Transport
Public transport has never been easier! All tickets for the metro and the regular buses are a flat rate, regardless of where you’re travelling to, so tickets can be purchased with simple sign language. The metro is as easy as buying a token at the station. If you’re travelling on a regular bus, simply hop on and the conductor will find you. Any luggage travelling with you will require an extra ticket.

Being the deepest subway in the world, the metro has some of the longest escalators I have ever seen! Don’t look down!

City Bus Tour
City Bus Tour, St. Petersburg, RussiaThe easiest way to get your bearings in St Petersburg is to do the City Bus Tour. The two hour bus trip takes in the highlights of St Petersburg, complete with an audio guide available in eight different languages, allowing you to hop on and hop off to visit stops along the way. Tickets are valid for the entire day, so you can take your time to take in the history of St Petersburg – www.citytourspb.ru/en

I am not sure why, but we were unable to flag down the bus along Nevsky Prospekt. It may have been the time of year. If this happens, simply head to the starting point (according to their website it has moved to St. Issac’s Square) and join the tour from there. I would recommend catching a regular bus there along Nevsky Prospekt as it’s quite a long walk. Simply ask at your hotel which is the best bus to catch.

Top Things To See In St. Petersburg

There are so many places to see in St. Petersburg. These are just a few of the places I visited in the few days I was there.

Nevsky Prospekt

The fashion strip and historic centre of St. Petersburg. Nevksy Prospekt is the city’s central shopping street and the hub of entertainment and nightlife. The massive department store, Gostiny Dvor, can be found on Nevsky Prospekt. It occupies a whole city block.

Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, Russia

Kazan Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral features an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was intended to be the country’s main Orthodox Church. After the war of 1812, the church became a monument to Russian victory.

The cathedral was named after the “miracle-making” icon of Our Lady of Kazan.

Kazan Cathedral, St Peterburg, Russia

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The view from the gilded cupola of the city of St. Petersburg is breathtaking. Only 300 or so steps lead the way to the observation walkway and a 360 degree view of the city. Well worth the energy.

The cathedral took 40 years to build back in the 1800’s and was elaborated decorated. The columns alone are made from single pieces of red granite and weigh 80 tons each! Internally, the church is decorated with mosaics of various icons.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

Horse Tamer Statues – Anichkov Bridge

Cruising along Nevsky Prospekt you’ll find the four Horse Tamer statues decorating the Anichkov Bridge. Designed in the 1800’s by Russian sculptor, Pyotr Klodt, the statues were removed during WWII and buried in the gardens of the Anichkov Palace to ensure their survival.

Horse Tamer Statues, Anichkov Bridge, St Petersburg, Russia

The Winter Palace / State Hermitage Museum

Located on the banks of the Neva River, the baroque-style Winter Palace is now home to the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and most respected art collections in the world. The palace was built between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Unfortunately, she died before its completion. The palace’s impressive interiors were re-modelled after a huge fire destroyed most of the building in 1837. The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from Berlin.

The Hermitage now features over 2.7 million exhibits from all over the world including artifacts from Ancient Egypt through to the early 20th century Europe. The collection includes artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian; Rembrandts and Rubens plus French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro; paintings by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin.

Phew!

The museum is closed on Mondays.

The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

This gorgeous church was built between 1883 and 1907 on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. Both the interior and exterior were decorated in the most exquisite mosaics….so exquisite, in fact, it deserves two photos!

Absolutely stunning.

The Church of Our Savior On Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

There is so much to see in St. Peterburg that it would be easy to spend at least several days there. It’s a gorgeous city with this and so much more to take in. If you’re heading to Moscow, I’d definitely recommend a side trip to St. Peterburg.

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