St. Petersburg Travel Guide
Plan Your St. Petersburg Vacation
Commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great (1672–1725) as "a window looking into Europe," St. Petersburg is a planned city whose elegance is reminiscent of Europe's most alluring capitals. Little wonder it's the darling of fashion photographers and travel essayists today: built on more than a hundred islands in the Neva Delta linked by canals and arched bridges, it was called the "Venice of the North" by Goethe, and its stately embankments are reminiscent of those in Paris. A city of golden spires and gilded domes, of pastel palaces and candlelit cathedrals, this city conceived by a visionary emperor is filled with pleasures and tantalizing treasures.
The former imperial capital still captivates, with accommodations that are often nothing short of sumptuous. In fact, as... read more
More than two decades have passed since the fall of the Soviet Union and with it the days when dining choices in St.... read more
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Russia's other historic square is the heart of its imperial past, as well as the host to pivotal moments in Tsarist Russia's demise. On... Read more
May and June's long daylight hours breathe festive energy into St. Petersburg after months of bitter cold. During these days, the sun sets... Read more
Be awed by the Hermitage: In one of the world's premier historical and art collections, you can see works by Monet, Picasso, and... Read more
Begin at ploshchad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square). Extending the length of the western side of the square, with its back to the... Read more
St. Petersburg's mighty Neva River creates some of its most picturesque views, making it easy to forget that it's a working river for... Read more
Russian Horn Capella. The ensemble revives the traditions of 18th-century Russian horn music, and is the only one of its kind in... Read more
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