What to do in St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Attractions

Few places on the globe stir up interest quite like the mysterious cities of Russia. St Petersburg has become a top vacation spot for people all over the globe who want to unveil the mystery of this great city. There is no shortage of things to do in St Petersburg. Picture yourself walking among the ancient buildings and vibrant palaces in this city of beauty, mystery, and romance. Expedia.com is your inside guide to all the best attractions in St Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg must see attractions

1. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

Spend a day exploring the outstanding art and artifacts displayed in over 400 exhibit halls of the Hermitage Museum. This institution was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and today holds over 3 million items, making it one of the world’s oldest and largest museums.
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Hermitage featuring heritage architecture and a garden

2. St. Isaac's Cathedral

With its imposing golden dome, St. Isaac’s Cathedral is a must-see landmark and a recognizable symbol of St. Petersburg. An important religious site for hundreds of years, the cathedral is now mostly appreciated by visitors to St. Petersburg. Check out its splendid decoration and take photos from its excellent vantage point.
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St. Isaac\'s Cathedral showing a statue or sculpture and a city

3. Palace Square

Palace Square contains some of Russia’s most famous buildings, all just a stone’s throw away from each other. Well connected to some of St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfares, it is hard to resist the draw of its architectural treasures. So give in and spend a few hours admiring the iconic structures.
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Palace Square featuring a square or plaza

4. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood, or Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as it is officially known, boasts a huge amount of mosaics. Admire the intricate and colorful decorations and learn about the solemn history behind its impressive architecture.
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Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood which includes heritage architecture

5. Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul fortress is immediately recognizable thanks to its needle-like spire rising up into the St. Petersburg sky. However, its distinctive story also attracts visitors. Enter into its interior and find out more about its various purposes over the years.
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Peter and Paul Fortress featuring heritage architecture and a square or plaza

6. Kazan Cathedral

Visit the Kazan Cathedral to admire one of St. Petersburg’s most treasured architectural and historic landmarks. This church is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, who is among the highest holy icons of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
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Kazan Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

7. Summer Garden

A paradise of greenery, sculpture and fountains, the Summer Garden is perfect for a stroll on a summer day. Amble along its well-manicured avenues and follow in the footsteps of Peter the Great himself.
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Summer Garden which includes a garden and a pond

8. Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum comprises the old Mikhailovskiy Palace and Castle, the Stroganov Palace, the Marble Palace and the Cabin of Peter the Great. The museum has in excess of 400,000 pieces of art, so it definitely needs the space to showcase them all in their splendor. Marvel at the sheer scale of the exhibits as well as the quality of work on display.
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State Russian Museum showing art

What to do in St. Petersburg

Free Things to Do in St. Petersburg

Sightseeing on a budget in St. Petersburg? Spend time, not cash, on fantastic experiences.

Kirov Park - Treat the kids to a good time or let the big kid in you run free — this attraction just screams fun.

Red Bridge - Architecture buff or not, you're sure to be wowed by this landmark's modernistic design.

Pevcheskiy Bridge - Soak up some of the intriguing history of the area through this attraction.

Palace Square - Discover for yourself why both locals and tourists enjoy the unique vibe of this place.

St. Petersburg Canals - Find a spot to sit and savor the tranquility that comes with being around water.

Alexander Column - Widely known among the locals, this site is worth checking out.

Kazan Cathedral - Take a few moments for some prayer or meditation at this revered place of worship.

Alexander Garden - Recharge your mind and body by spending some time in nature.

St Petersburg Excursions

There are over a dozen palaces in St Petersburg. Tourists can roam the halls of these amazing architectural masterpieces and walk in the footsteps of past Russian royalty. The most famous palace in Russia is The Winter Palace. This estate was built in 1708 and has served as the residence for many members of Russian nobility including Catherine the Great and Alexander II.

Take Part in St Petersburg Activities

It is easy for the average tourist to feel overwhelmed by all that St Petersburg has to offer, but the St Petersburg Metro is one of the most sophisticated public transportation systems in the world. St Petersburg is also served by a bus network, a tram system, aquabus (water taxi) service, and an ample number of taxis. The city is marked by gorgeous rivers and canals. Don't miss out on your chance to map out a boat tour for breathtaking views of the city not seen on land.

St Petersburg Tours Should Include Art and Ballet

St Petersburg has a compelling art scene that is revered around the world. Tourists are encouraged to visit the famous Mariinsky Theatre to catch a performance of opera or ballet. Meanwhile most book lovers are aware that St Petersburg is where famous novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky spent most of his adult life. The setting of the city is inextricably linked with his memory. A local monument built to commemorate the great writer is now one of the most popular spots in all of St Petersburg.

St Petersburg is one of the best spots on the globe for a vacation which will inspire and intrigue you. Come experience a city of timeless beauty and impressive modernity full of lights and wonder. The breathtaking beauty of St Petersburg is something you must see for yourself.

Things to Do in St. Petersburg with Kids

There are lots of amazing experiences in St. Petersburg that the entire gang will get a buzz out of. These are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences in the area.


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