The beauty and splendor of St. Petersburg is something that can’t be underestimated by a first-time visitor. It is the cultural capital of Russia, and the largest metropolis in Russia. It lies like a jewel at he mouth of the Neva River, which flows to the West along the shores the Baltic Sea. Although St. Petersburg is the center of Russian history, both imperial as well as revolutionary, the city is just as famous to the rest of Europe, and the entire world, simply because it is the “Window of Russia.” Travelers will now have more chances to learn about St. Petersburg thanks to the introduction of an e-visa that allows them to travel to Russia starting in January 2021.
St. Petersburg’s location makes it both a beautiful destination and a great starting point to explore Russia. High-speed Sapsan trains take passengers from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just hours. You will quickly realize that St. Petersburg is the perfect destination for business travelers. The St. Petersburg Convention Bureau ensures the success of your events and is a top MICE destination.
Enjoy unique hotels and dining at top restaurants, as well as world-class events throughout the year. Winter visitors can enjoy the Festival of Fire, a Christmas story. The city celebrates Maslenitsa in spring during the week leading up to Great Lent. There are plenty of pancakes and the traditional burning the straw man. Summer is full of the vibrant Scarlet Sails festival and the classic nights at the International White Nights Festival. The Festival of Lights invites guests to enjoy the spectacular installations in autumn.
St. Petersburg is a great cultural destination that offers a variety of events throughout the year. It also serves as a hub for advanced medicine, ecotourism, and sea cruising. Visit the Peterhof Palace to see its beautiful gardens and fountains. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Kronstadt Forts. They were built by Peter the Great, who was based on Kotlin Island, which separates the Neva bay from the Gulf of Finland.
The iconic St. Petersburg architectural landmark is the Winter Palace. It houses the State Hermitage Museum, which has three million exquisite works of art spread across its labyrinthine rooms. Although it will take you nine years to see all of them, there are highlights such as the galleries of Old Masters and Matisse’s works. The St. Petersburg Street Art Museum (or SAM) is a modern museum that occupies a former plastics plant in the eastern half of the city.
It would be an understatement, however, to say that Pushkin and Tchaikovsky are an art form in their own right. You can stroll along canals built for this purpose, past the imposing facades of Italian mansions. See how pastel colors reflect in the water’s mirror-like waters. The entire Nevsky Prospekt is the main road to St. Alexander Nevsky monastery. The Stroganov Palace, designed in 1750s by Bartolomeo Rastroelli and featuring a striking pink facade, is the main attraction. Also, there’s the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, Eliseev Merchants’ Shop and the Kazan Cathedral. There’s also a lavish dining hall that offers a variety of delicious delicacies.
St. Petersburg is also able to adapt to changing times. St. Petersburg was the first Russian city to join the Safe Travels program, an international WTTC program that promotes safe tourism. This sign signifies that city tourism organizations meet safety, sanitation, and hygiene standards. The Safe Travels SPb sign, which is in line with international trends will make you feel safe and secure during your trip.
For those who want a modern edge, a new tourist area of St. Petersburg is being created. Visitors can find the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art on Vasilievsky island, where you will find the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange. It is linked to the rest of St. Petersburg by drawbridges. This museum has a stunning restaurant and some of the finest St. Petersburg desserts. Sevkabel Port is a lively creative gastronomic area with many restaurants and cafes in an old cable factory building that faces the sea. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a slice a real Italian pizza as you stroll along the embankment and take in the stunning view. Gourmet travelers will also find the Vasileostrovsky Market on the island. What about panoramic views? Lakhta Center is Europe’s tallest skyscraper at 462m. The observation deck will soon be available for all to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city.
Each night, when the bridges over the Neva River are raised to allow the maritime traffic through, it is a reminder that St. Petersburg has a modern beat. Even a short stay of two to three days can be an experience that will delight all senses. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia, a remarkable example of urban planning skill and the location where most memorable tourist routes start.