Visiting Saint Petersburg

Inside info

People say that Saint Petersburg is the most European city of all Russia. Located in the North West of the country, Saint Petersburg stands as a gate to the Western countries. The city has a 300 year old cultural inheritance, such as the State Hermitage Museum, The Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of Spilt Blood, and some large boulevards. There are plenty of attractions in the city of the Tsars, whatever your interests and tastes. The government has spent large sums of money on maintaining certain tourist attractions and hotels, such as the State Hermitage Museum, but have left others less well maintained. As a result, some well maintained hotels can be very expensive due to the costly maintenance work done on them.The Church Of Spilt Blood gets its nickname from a fact. It is where Tsar Alexander II was murdered. The exterior of the Orthodox Cathedral amazes with its colour spectrum. It is decorated with tiles, glazed bricks and glittering enamel. The interior is sublimated by icons painted by outstanding Russian artists, and splendid colourful mosaics displaying episodes from the Bible. Saint Petersburg has a dangerous reputation which it does not deserve. As with most major cities, it is recommended to use common sense when travelling, especially alone, or at night. However, suburbs like ‘Kupchino’, ‘Kolpino’ are struggling with criminality and poverty, try to avoid them at all costs, while the town centre, the western and the south central parts of the city are the safest. Getting a hotel in these areas is recommended.To sum up, on your arrival in Saint Petersburg, you will quickly realise how magical, romantic and timeless Saint Petersburg is.

Travel review

Hi there,With a bunch of friends, we decided to take advantage of heading inland towards Moscow from Helsinki to discover St. Petersburg on the way. I admit that the city is fantastic, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is impressively big, and extremely rich, culturally speaking. As St Petersburg is crossed by the river ‘Neva’, it’s quite time consuming to walk around the city, so we mainly used the metro to tour on our own. It was a ‘shock’ to me that in St Petersburg you can buy caviar everywhere on the streets from hawkers. To be honest, I didn’t take the risk of buying any, as they couldn’t clearly tell me the origin of the goods…Another thing is that bribery is a reality in Russia. Try to avoid police officers as much as you can. They will likely claim for tips when you ask them about something. Even though many signs in tourist areas feature both Russian and English, it will help a bit if you know how to decipher the Cyrillic alphabet, in order to work them out, just in case. Finally, a visa delivered by the consulate is compulsory to get there, such as a passport valid for 6 months after your trip back home! Once these administrative duties done, you can enjoy unforgettable St. Petersburg.”

Did you know ?

Saint Petersburg was known as Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad from 1924 to 1991.

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Located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea in northwest Russia, Saint Petersburg is a city with a population of over 4.8 million. Founded in 1703 by the Tsar Peter the Great, the city is a major European cultural centre and an important port on the Baltic Sea. The Historic Centre and related monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Other popular attractions include Catherine Palace, Kazan Cathedral, and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. Saint Petersburg has a humid continental climate with a cool summer subtype due to the influence of the Baltic Sea cyclones. Summers are cool, humid, and short. Winters are normally long and cold but have frequent warm spells. The average high temperature in summer is around 23°C. In winter, the average low temperature is around -9°C, and highs are around -3°C. Average annual precipitation is about 661mm. On average, there are 118 days with snow cover a year.