St. PetersburgRussia

Cruise along canals, tour architectural masterpieces and enjoy festivals under a midnight sun in Russia’s second-largest city.

See grand buildings, stately boulevards, golden spires, windings canals and opulent art in St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s most impressive cities. The former capital of the Russian Empire was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 to show off the country’s imperial might. Today, it is Russia's cultural capital and a burgeoning tourist center of galleries, museums, palaces and cathedrals.

In the historic center, visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built on the exact spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Beneath its multicolored domes is a richly decorated building with thousands of square feet of mosaics. Explore St. Isaac’s Cathedral, one of Russia’s largest churches. At the Peter and Paul Fortress, see the tombs of the Romanovs, the imperial dynasty that ruled Russia for 300 years.

St. Petersburg has much to offer art lovers. Inside the colossal baroque Winter Palace, find the Hermitage. One of Russia's largest museums, it holds more than 3 million works of art and historic artifacts. For more art and culture, examine paintings by native artists at the Russian Museum. Learn about folklore and traditions by visiting the Russian Ethnography Museum.

Also known as "Venice of the North," St. Petersburg is built on a number of islands and crisscrossed by canals and rivers. For a different city perspective, cruise the waterways on a boat.

Enjoy a unique experience with a visit to St. Petersburg in June for the White Nights. During these midsummer evenings the sun barely sets and the city hosts several festivals. See opera, ballet and musical performances at the White Nights Festival. Revel in the Scarlet Sails, a huge celebration with fireworks, concerts and a water show.

Reach St. Petersburg by flying into Pulkovo Airport. Get around by public transportation or rental car. Enjoy the city’s history, culture and attractions, and save some time to venture farther afield. St. Petersburg is within easy reach of the sumptuous estates of the Romanov Tsars including Peterhof Palace and Pavlovsk Palace.

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Where to stay in St. Petersburg

Kazan Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

St. Petersburg City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(373 area reviews)

Interesting museums, cozy cafés and churches are just a few top things to explore in St. Petersburg City Centre. A visit to State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace or Russian Museum might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Gostiny Dvor Station or Dostoyevskaya Station to get around town.

St. Petersburg City Centre
Nevskiy Prospekt which includes night scenes and a city

Nevsky Prospekt

4.5/5Wonderful!(190 area reviews)

Museums, theaters, and churches highlight some notable features of Nevsky Prospekt. Make a stop by Russian Museum or Kazan Cathedral while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Mayakovskaya Station or Gostiny Dvor Station to get around town.

Nevsky Prospekt
Alexander Nevsky Lavra featuring a park and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Tsentralny

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 area reviews)

Consider a visit to State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and take some time to enjoy the interesting museums during your time in Tsentralny. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Mayakovskaya Station or Dostoyevskaya Station.

Tsentralny
Peter and Paul Fortress showing a ferry and a river or creek

Petrogradskaya District

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Petrogradskaya District is well-liked for its museums and architecture. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Peter and Paul Fortress and Saint Petersburg Toy Museum are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Chkalovskaya Station or Krestovsky Ostrov Station to get around.

Petrogradskaya District
St. Isaac\'s Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral and a city

Admiralteyskiy

4.5/5Wonderful!(24 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Mariinsky Theatre while getting to know Admiralteyskiy, and be sure to check out the cozy coffeehouses. You can hop aboard the metro at Tekhnologichesky Institut Station or Sadovaya Station to see more of the area.

Admiralteyskiy
Grand Market Russia Interactive Museum

Moskovskiy

4/5Very Good!(19 area reviews)

Moskovskiy is well-liked for its breweries and churches. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Chesme Church and Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Zvyozdnaya Station or Moskovskaya Station to get around.

Moskovskiy

Top Hotels in St. Petersburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton by Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum
Hampton by Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum
3 out of 5
Peterburgskoye Highway 64, Building 2, Shushary
The price is $41 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Alexander Palace, Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve, and Victory Square. Catherine Palace ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (53 reviews)

"We had an early flight out so we did not get to enjoy any breakfast or shuttle. It would have been great to have a TO GO bag or something available."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Hampton by Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum
Nevsky Forum Hotel
Nevsky Forum Hotel
4 out of 5
69 Nevsky Pr, St. Petersburg
The price is $85 per night

Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nevsky Prospect, Russian Museum, and Kazan Cathedral. State Hermitage Museum and Winter ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (462 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, best location. Great restaurant on the premises with awesome breakfast. Home made yogurt is a must try. Service and amenities exceeded expectations on all levels. Champagne at the reception is a nice touch. I would definitely stay there again and recommend to others."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Nevsky Forum Hotel
Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel
Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel
5 out of 5
Pochtamtskaya Str 4, St. Petersburg
The price is $102 per night

Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Admiralty Building and Bronze Horseman. State Hermitage Museum and Winter ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (398 reviews)
Delighted

"We were Very well attended to by the staff from the front desk to the coffee shop and bell Boys. Special shout out to kseniya, Abror & Ana."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel

Popular places to visit in St. Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
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State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

5/5(273 reviews)

Immerse yourself in a collection of prehistoric artifacts, Middle Eastern jewelry and European art that spans 6,000 years in one of the world’s oldest museums.

St. Isaac's Cathedral
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St. Isaac's Cathedral

5/5(210 reviews)

This cathedral has a commanding position in the St. Petersburg cityscape and the views from it are just as stunning as its decadent interior.

Mariinsky Theatre
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Mariinsky Theatre

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Mariinsky Theatre is a popular theater with a rich history in St. Petersburg. Discover the area's acclaimed theater scene and churches.

Catherine Palace and Park in Tsarskoye Selo
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Catherine Palace and Park in Tsarskoye Selo

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of St. Petersburg and explore this stunning palace and tranquil park.

Peter and Paul Fortress
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Peter and Paul Fortress

4.5/5(164 reviews)

The fortress that founded St. Petersburg, this building is full of interesting and intriguing tales from the depths of history.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

4.5/5(221 reviews)

This church has been used as everything from a warehouse to a refuse heap, but it is now back at its best as one of St. Petersburg’s premier religious buildings.

Top things to do in St. Petersburg

Shore Excursion: 2-Day Visa-Free Tour in St. Petersburg
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Shore Excursion: 2-Day Visa-Free Tour in St. Petersburg

$260
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
St. Petersburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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St. Petersburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$44
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Hermitage Skip the line tickets with escorted entrance
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Hermitage Skip the line tickets with escorted entrance

$35
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
St. Petersburg CityPass
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St. Petersburg CityPass

$74
Per adult
Russian Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace
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Russian Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace

$170
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
House of Romanov royal mysteries
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House of Romanov royal mysteries

$44
Per adult

Reviews of St. Petersburg

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

It' not as cold and wet as i expected!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

very clean, polite people, good atmosphere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

I love this City! I lived there 36 years ❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

Петербург самый красивый город в России. Огромное количество достопримечательности и истории в этом городе. Несмотря на погоду, Питер - это любовь!

5/5 - Excellent

Rosie

Feb 25, 2020

The city is lovely during the holiday season, and fully decorated with beautiful lights. There is so much to do, stores and eateries stay open until late at night. It is super safe to walk around, and you will see families and children out and about.

5/5 - Excellent

Leslie

Jan 16, 2020

An amazing city to visit in Winter! So decorated! So much culture! Go to the ballet if you have a chance! Swan Lake was amazing!

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