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

Nevsky Prospekt
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Nevsky Prospekt

Castle, Museum, Theatre

Walk one of Russia’s most famous streets and take in the sights and sounds of central St. Petersburg.

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Top Hotels in St. Petersburg

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Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
5 out of 5
Nevsky Prospect, 57, St. Petersburg
CA $120/night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)

This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galeria, Russian Museum, and Kazan Cathedral. Summer Garden ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)

"Great staff. Amazing location on the main route through St Petersburg. Rooms were clean and linen changed daily. Everything you’d expect for a 5 star hotel. The hotel are even sending my phone back after it was left in a taxi in route to the airport. Only strange thing was lots of alone beautiful ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2019

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
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Petro Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
14 Malaya Morskaya Street, St. Petersburg
CA $126/night
Oct 4 - Oct 5
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,942 reviews)

Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Admiralty Building and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Mariinsky Palace and Blue ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,942 reviews)

"Great location Helpful concierge Room a little bit small but nice walk in shower"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2019

Petro Palace Hotel
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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
5 out of 5
1/7 Mikhailovskaya street, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg
4.7/5Exceptional! (331 reviews)

Located in St. Petersburg City Centre, this family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is steps from St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Great Gostiny Dvor, and Mikhailovsky ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (331 reviews)

"Amazing service stuff experience devour food. You feel like a royalty at your time there, the best hotel in St Petersburg"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2019

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Popular things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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.

Kazan Cathedral
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Kazan Cathedral

Experience the palatial grandeur and history of this cathedral, which is dedicated to the venerated miracle worker, Our Lady of Kazan.

Peter and Paul Fortress
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Peter and Paul Fortress

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

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

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

Palace Square
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Palace Square

The architectural epicenter of St. Petersburg, this square is of great artistic and historical significance.

Peterhof Palace and Garden
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Peterhof Palace and Garden

Be amazed by the grandeur and opulence of this palace complex, a shining example of the lavish taste of the Russian czars.

Top activities in St. Petersburg

Hermitage Skip the line tickets with escorted entrance
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Hermitage Skip the line tickets with escorted entrance

CA $46

Visit the Hermitage Museum on your own and use skip-the-line concierge service at the same time! This product will make your visit to one of the most popular art galleries in the world stress-free and enjoyable.

St. Petersburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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St. Petersburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

CA $44

Admire St Petersburg from atop a double-decker bus on this comprehensive hop-on hop-off tour of Russia’s imperial capital. Enjoy 360-degree views and unlimited rides, jumping on and off at iconic sites, including St.

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

CA $343

Fall head over heels for the bustling port city on the banks of the Baltic Sea during a 2-day visa-free shore excursion in St. Petersburg. Visit the cultural capital's iconic landmarks, including Peterhof Park and the Hermitage Museum, and spend the night in the comfort of your cruise ship accommodations.

Small-Group St. Petersburg Discovery Tour with Lunch
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Small-Group St. Petersburg Discovery Tour with Lunch

CA $74

Explore historic St. Petersburg, also referred to as the “Venice of the North”, and its many facets with the help of an expert local guide on this walking tour. Discover the best of this Russian city through its spectacular architecture, impressive landmarks, and traditional food.

Private Peterhof Highlights Tour with Scenic Hydrofoil Ride
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Private Peterhof Highlights Tour with Scenic Hydrofoil Ride

CA $113

Spend half a day exploring the magnificent Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex - recognized as biggest in the world.

Private Tour of Best Cathedrals and City View from the Dome
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Private Tour of Best Cathedrals and City View from the Dome

CA $46

Discover the secrets of St. Petersburg with this 4 hours walking tour. Your private guide will direct the tour of three of the city’s most beautiful cathedrals. Start with a visit to 19th-century St Isaac's, easily recognizable by its massive main dome.

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