Enjoying St Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as the window to Europe. St. Petersburg is a city of magic beauty, a city of white nights, broad straight avenues, green parks, countless bridges and canals. The greatest architects of the 18-th and 19-th centuries created magnificent ensembles in the city. St. Petersburg reminds some visitors of Rome, others of Paris, Vienna or Amsterdam. But actually there is no city in the world like St. Petersburg. Its bridges, canals, granite embankments, railings, museums make Saint Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Sights

Saint Petersburg is a wonderful city: at every turn there is something to catch your eye. There are spacious squares and circles and the streets are wide and straight. Palace Square, Senate Square, St. Isaac`s Square, Trinrty Square and Arts Square - they all are historical places, shaped with famous buildings and have striking monuments. Among them the Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Avenue, the Summer Garden, the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, Palace Square, the Alexander Column, the Academy of Arts, the Smolny Convent, the Trinity Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Decembrist Square the Bronze Horseman, the Field of Mars, the Church of Savior on the Spilt Blood, Alexander Pushkin Museum

Must-Sees in St.Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum

Address: Palace Square, 2

The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of fine and decorative art, located in the Winter Palace in the center of St. Petersburg. One of the largest and most significant art and historical museums in the world.

Peterhof Palace and Park

Address: Peterhof, Razvodnaya Str., 2

Peterhof is a palace and park ensemble on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. After 200 years of serving as a grand summer residence of the emperors, Peterhof is inextricably connected with the Russian history. The seaside paradise was built as a grandiose triumphal memorial glorifying the grandeur of Russia.

Tsarskoe Selo Palace and Park

Address: Pushkin, Sadovaya Str., 7

The palace-and-park ensemble of Tsarskoe Selo (the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site) is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the XVIII to early XX centuries.

Pavlovsk Palace and Park

Address: Pavlovsk, Sadovaya Str., 20

The State Art and Architectural Palace and Park - the palace and park ensemble of the late XVIII to early XIX centuries, located in the city of Pavlovsk, a modern suburb of St. Petersburg.

Oranienbaum Palace and Park

Address: Lomonosov, Palace Av., 46

It is a Russian royal residence, located on the Gulf of Finland west of St. Petersburg. The Palace ensemble and the city centre are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Church of Savior on Blood

Address: Griboedov canal, 2

This Church is one of the main sights of Saint Petersburg. The Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism.

Peter and Paul Fortress

Address: Hare Island

It is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress.

Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Address: St. Isaac’s Square, 4

The largest Orthodox cathedral (now a museum) of St. Petersburg with a gilded dome and luxurious decoration, built in 1818. Located on St. Isaac's Square.

Kazan Cathedral

Address: Kazan Square, 2

Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia. Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Saint Petersburg.

State Russian Museum

Address: Engineer Square, 4

Museum of Fine Arts, opened in 1898, with a rich collection of Russian paintings, sculptures and icons. The State Russian Museum is the largest collection of Russian art in the world.

Palace Square

Address: Palace Square, 1

One of the most beautiful and harmonious ensembles of architecture in the world, Palace Square remains the main public space of St. Petersburg throughout nearly three centuries

Summer Garden

Address: Kutuzov Emb., 2

It is one of the places where one can feel the atmosphere of Peter's times. The garden with a collection of sculptures and the Summer Palace that was the first Emperor's residence constitute a single museum complex.

Climate

Saint Petersburg, a city in Russia, experiences a humid continental climate. It goes through two major seasons, a warm, humid summer and a chilly winter.

Winters (November to March) in St Petersburg are cold and snowy, with temperatures often below freezing. The River Neva usually freezes from November to April, while there are also around 123 days of snow cover. Spring (April to May) sees some warmer Saint Petersburg weather, but snow showers can linger on at this time. Summer (June to early September) sees the best weather in St Petersburg, interspersed with scattered rain showers.

If you are considering visiting St Petersburg in May, you might be interested to know what the weather may have in store for you. At the start of the month, the average temperature will be between 17C and 9C. By the end of the month, temperatures vary between 20C and 11C.

Pack a variety of clothes. While there is a place for shorts and sandals, you should remember that you are more likely to wear jeans and trainers, and you should take a fleece in case the weather is cool. Although it is unlikely to be very cold, you might also want to pack a scarf, gloves, and a light waterproof jacket or umbrella.

 

Getting to St.Petersburg

St. Petersburg is reached via direct connections in the air with numerous European and Asian capitals; by speed-train from Moscow; and by trains from other big Russian cities.

Pulkovo International Airport is located about 20 km from the city center