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St. Petersburg

Travel Guide
St. Petersburg showing a city, a park and a fountain

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

Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg
Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg
4 out of 5
5/19, Liteyny pr., St. Petersburg
The price is CA $76 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Summer Garden, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Russian Museum. Peter and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (276 reviews)
"everything"

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2021

Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg
Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St Petersburg
Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St Petersburg
5 out of 5
1/7 Mikhailovskaya street, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
The price is CA $273 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the business district, just steps from St. Petersburg Philharmonia and Mikhailovsky Theatre. Russian ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (423 reviews)
"Amazing all around hotel. Great service, fabulous amenities. The only thing was - the pool temperature was super cold for swimming in the spa. Everything else outstanding. Great Live music in the bar area at night, consierge was super nice and helpful. Its a definite must have in St. Petersburg ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2021

Grand Hotel Europe, A Belmond Hotel, St Petersburg
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
5 out of 5
1 Voznesensky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
The price is CA $396 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Alexander Garden, Russian Admiralty, and Manege Central ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)
"it was our vacation with my husband. the staff did their best to make us feel like kings. be sure to go for a massage to Tatiana and Denis. Concierge Natalya will book the impossible. if to Petersburg, then only in Four Seasons"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
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Travelto Liteiniy 58
Travelto Liteiniy 58
3 out of 5
58 Liteyniy Ave, St. Petersburg
The price is CA $40 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nevsky Prospect, Russian Museum, and Kazan Cathedral. State Hermitage Museum ...
Travelto Liteiniy 58
YARD Residence Apart-hotel
YARD Residence Apart-hotel
4 out of 5
43 Khersonskaya Ulitsa, St. Petersburg
The price is CA $57 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Tsentralny, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Nevsky Prospect and within 3 mi (5 km) of State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and Russian ...
YARD Residence Apart-hotel
Nevsky Grand Apartments
Nevsky Grand Apartments
3 out of 5
10 Bolshaya Konyushennaya, St. Petersburg
The price is CA $57 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Arkady Raykin Variety Theater, DLT, and Saint Petersburg Printing Museum. Museum ...
3.9/5Good! (568 reviews)
Good location and service
"It was great with decent and comfortable to stay with nice location"

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2020

Nevsky Grand Apartments
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