St.Isaac cathedral at night time.

BEST Places to visit in St.Petersburg – funky local guide

Saint Petersburg like any other big European city has a lot to offer and like in any city with a great history one will never have enough time to see and do everything here. Many people when they travel to a new city face the problem of choosing out of hundreds of sights and attractions the best and the most interesting places for them to visit. In this post, we tried to make this choice easier and divided all city attractions into different groups according to one’s interests. We really hope our guide will help you in planning a perfect trip to St.Petersburg. By the way, I’ve been living in St.Petersburg all my life and know this city very well. 

I’m a big art and classical music lover don’t be surprised this guide will contain a lot of information on cultural life in St.Petersburg but there are many other things to do in the city except theaters and museums. For planning a visit to Saint Petersburg our posts St.Petersburg city guide + 3-day itinerary and 29 Awesome and quirky things to do in St.Petersburg will be quite helpful. 

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For those who’d like to explore more of Russia and visit some off the beaten track places that are difficult to get on your own G-Adventures and Intrepid Travel offer some great tour; 

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The State Hermitage Museum

For me, it’s definitely the first and the most important place in Saint Petersburg like Louvre in Paris or the Vatican museum in Rome. I spent a lot of time here as a visitor and a student at the Hermitage center and still every time I come here I find something new that I haven’t seen before or just never noticed, the collection of the museum is enormous.

The Hermitage is not a single building, the complex Includes Winter Palace, New Hermitage, Old Hermitage, Small Hermitage, the Hermitage theater and the General Staff building on the opposite side of the Palace Square. Its total gallery space is 66 862m2. The museum collection includes about 3 million art pieces, if you stop at everyone for 1 minute you’ll need 8 years to see all of them. These are just impressive numbers but Hermitage is a real treasure box, moving to every next room you think it can’t be more impressive but it can. Besides thousands of masterpieces in the halls, the interior itself is absolutely stunning.

Things not to miss in the Hermitage

The Pavilion Hall and the incredible Peacock clock. The clock gets started every Wednesday at 7 pm come here at least 30 minutes before to get a spot.

The Grand Church of the Winter Palace

Lodges of Raphael, the exact copy of the Raphael Loggia in the Papal Palace, Vatican.  

Treasure Gallery, it has two rooms Diamond and Gold. Both rooms can be visited only with a tour, in summer it’s better to book it in advance as it can be fully booked.

St.George’s Hall, one of the biggest rooms in the Hermitage crowned with a red throne.

The Armorial Hall, a stunning room painted white with golden columns and lamps.

  • The Principal or Jordan Staircase
  • The Malachite Room
  • The Madonna Lita and the Benois Madonna by Da Vinci
  • Crouching Boy by Michelangelo
  • Madonna and Child by Raphael
  • The Rembrandt Room with his famous Return of the Prodigal Son and Danae.

The Hermitage collection of European art of XIX-XX centuries; Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Picasso, etc. My favorite part of the collection. It was moved to the General Staff Building (the white and yellow building opposite the Winter Palace). There you’ll find paintings of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many others. A ticket is valid for both the Hermitage and the General Staff Building.

Tip! To skip the crowds in summer the best time to visit Hermitage is on Wednesdays and Fridays after 6 pm, the museum is open till 9 pm on these days. Tuesday is the worst day to come, there are too many people because the museum is closed on Mondays. You can buy tickets online or at the ticket vending machines in the courtyard, it is more expensive. If you want to buy a ticket at the ticket office the best way is to buy it in the General Staff building as the queue there is usually shorter, a ticket valid for a day for all buildings of the Hermitage complex.

  • Opened; Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun from 10.30 am to 8 pm Wed and Fri from 10.30am to 9 pm Monday closed.
  • Admission; RUB700/US$11 – adults; children and students – free.
  • Getting here; Palace Square, 1, metro Admiralteyskaya

You can join a skip the line tour in the Hermitage museum that includes quick admission and a knowledgeable guide.

The Raphael loggias, State Hermitage, St.Petersburg
The Raphael loggias, State Hermitage, St.Petersburg

The Peter & Paul fortress

The origin of the city and its first official building. There are several museums inside the fortress that you can visit but if you don’t have time or don’t feel like it, it’s worth just to walk around inside. Peter and Paul Cathedral is a beautiful building, in summer on Sundays at 5 pm there is a free Carillion concert in front of Cathedral Square. Don’t be surprised in you see people in swimming costumes around a sandy beach at the fortress is a popular spot for locals who live nearby to come for tanning. Every summer from June to September a sand sculpture festival takes place where you can see some incredible compositions built from sand. The entrance to the fortress is free but you’ll have to pay if you want to walk on the walls or visit museums inside.

  • Opened; daily from 8.30am to 8pm
  • Admission fee; free to get inside the fortress
  • Getting here; 5 minutes walk from metro Gorkovskaya

You can join a 2-hour fortress tour with an excellent guide to find out more about the history of the city and the fortress.

The Peter and Paul fortress at sunrise.
The Peter and Paul fortress at sunrise.

The St.Isaac’s cathedral

Probably one of the most impressive city cathedrals and one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Its dome rises above 100m and is entirely plated with pure gold. I’d highly recommend going inside the interior decoration is stunning; columns, pilasters, and floor from composed multicolored granites and marbles, the iconostasis decorated with semiprecious stones like malachite and lazurite, mosaics and frescoes decorate the walls and the ceiling. When inside don’t forget to look up the painting of the dome is very elaborated and just simply beautiful. If you have time go up to the colonnade the view from the top is amazing, the best time to do it is late evening when you can see the sunset and the city in thousands of lights. Buy ticket here

  • Opened; daily (closed on Wednesdays) from 10.30am to 6pm, in season (from 27th April to 30th September) opened in the evenings as well from 6pm to 10.30pm.
  • Admission fee; the cathedral – RUB350/US$ – adults, RUB200/US$ – students, RUB100/US$ – children. Colonnade RUB200/US$ for everybody.
  • Getting here; St.Isaac Square 4, metro Admiralteyskaya
St.Isaac's cathedral from the inside. Must visit place in St.Petersburg
Interior of St.Isaac’s cathedral a must visit place in St.Petersburg

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

If you though this church was in Moscow you’re partly right the Savior on Spilled Blood is quite similar to the St.Basil’s cathedral in Red Square but St.Petersburg’s church is much younger, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the place where Russian Emperor Alexander II was assassinated by a terrorist that belonged to the Anarchist movement. This church is one of the most recognizable city buildings and the most photographed by tourists. The architecture style of the church is very different from other city buildings it’s probably one of the “most Russian” buildings in St.Petersburg. Local tip. If you want to take a photo of the church without hundreds of people around come here very early morning at 6am (in summer there is enough light at this time) and you’ll get it all for yourself. Buy ticket here

  • Opened; daily (closed on Wednesdays) from 10.30am to 6pm. In high season (from 27th April to 30th September) there are evening excursions from 6pm to 10.30pm.
  • Admission fee; RUB350/US$ – adults, RUB100/US$ – children (7 to 18).
  • Getting here; Griboedov emb.m 2A, metro Kanal Griboedova/Nevsky Prospect

You can combine a visit to the St.Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church on the Spilled Blood and the Naval cathedrals if you join Cathedrals of St. Petersburg Private Half-Day Tour.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St.Petersburg
The Griboyedov channel and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

Peterhof Palace and park

In the summer season (between mid-May and mid-September) it’s one of the hottest spots to visit in the city if you’re lucky with the weather the visit will be even more enjoyable. I’ve been to Peterhof many times since I was a child but every time I can’t stop admiring the beauty of the palace and the park. There are more than 150 fountains and 4 big cascades in the park, the most impressive one is the Grand Cascade that includes 75 fountains and 255 bronze sculptures, Samson is the highest fountain in the composition, its jet of water is 20m. Children will enjoy the park there are several trick fountains where they can get soaking wet, make sure to take some extra clothes and towels.

Opened; fountains in the park are on only in summer season (from 29th April to 14th October) Mon-Fri from 10am to 6pm, Sat from 10am to 8.45pm and Sun from 10am to 7pm.

Admission fee; park RUB750/US$12 – adults, RUB450/US$7,5 – students; palace RUB700/US$11,5 – adults, RUB400/US$6,5 – students. Children under 16 visit both for free.

Getting here; the fastest and the most fun way is to take a hydrofoil from the Dvortsovaya emb. to Peterhof, this journey takes 30min. It’s possible to get here by a combination of metro and minibus but it’s quite a time consuming, will take between 1h and 1h3min. depending on traffic.

There are several tour options to visit Peterhof from St.Petersburg

Tsarskoye Selo, the Catherine Palace and park

Another Russian tsars’ summer residence and my favorite place because I was born here and spent a big part of my life in this town I still come here every summer. The Catherine Palace and the park is one of the must-see places for every tourist coming to St.Petersburg. It doesn’t have any fountains like Peterhof but the complex is impressive, plus here you can see the famous Amber Room. Catherine park is a good alternative (if you have to choose) for those who visit St.Petersburg offseason when the fountains in Peterhof are off.

Opened; the park opened daily from 9am to 10pm (11pm May – June), after 7pm entrance is free.

Admission fee; Catherine park  RUB120/US$2 – adults, children under 16 years free; Catherine palace RUB1000/US$16,5 – adults, RUB350/US$5,8 – students, children under 16 years free.

Getting here; the best is to take a minibus from metro Moskovskaya, buses stop 300m from the main park entrance and the palace.

For a detailed guide on royal suburbs, working hours, transport options, prices etc. go to Best day trips from St.Petersburg post.

You can Tsarskoye Selo with a tour from St.Petersburg

It’s possible to visit Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo in one day with a tour, to do it on your own without a car is very difficult commuting between two places will take a lot of time.

The Palace Bridge

I’m quite sure the bridge itself you’ll see anyway walking around the city but the must-see part of it is at night when the bridge gets opened for big ships to go through the city. It’s not the only drawing bridge all bridges over the Neva river get opened at night in summer season (between April and October) but the Palace bridge opening is the most impressive with music and lights, there are usually hundreds of people watching it especially in June and July make sure to come here earlier to get a good spot. The best place to watch the opening is in front of the Admiralty building. Tip! There are several wooden piers at the embankment from where you can take a famous photo with the Peter and Paul fortress framed between two parts of the opened Palace bridge.  

There are several night boat tours on the Neva River that will take you past the main and most spectacular bridges.

Watching the opening of the Palace Bridge
Opening of the Palace Bridge, the Neva River, St.Petersburg

City rivers and channels

For me, this and walking are the best ways to see the city. There are several route options you can take a boat on the Neva River (the biggest river in the city) I’d recommend to do this tour at night to see the bridges. For a day tour take a boat on a smaller river e.g. the Griboedov Kanal (channel), the Fontanka or the Moika rivers, you’ll get to see more of the city center including some hidden gems. My favorite route is on the Moika River the boat goes under one very wide and quite low bridge (the Blue Bridge) which is quite exciting.

The Moika River in St.Petersburg city center
The Moika River one of my favorite rivers in the city to go on a boat trip

Nevsky prospect

Stroll along this crazy busy street at any time of the day or night, in summer you’ll be surprised how many people there are on the street at night time especially on weekends. This street like a magnet attracts people day and night it looks like everybody is heading somewhere but in fact, many people just wander around. Many places in the main part of the Nevsky prospect, between Palace Square and Vosstaniya Square are opened 24 hours or at least till very late if in the middle of the night you feel like eating sushi, pizza or cake it won’t be difficult to find a place where you can get it.

Nevsky Prospect a must walk street of St.Petersburg
Nevsky Prospect the busiest street of St.Petersburg.

St.Petersburg metro

Definitely one of the most beautiful metros in the world, decoration of some stations looks like the interior of palaces; marble and glass columns, mosaic, wall painting, sculpture, lamps etc. The most beautiful stations are; Avtovo (the most beautiful one), Kirovsky Zavod, Admiralteyskaya, Pushkinskaya, Mezhdunarodnaya, Zvenigorodskaya, Bukharestskaya, Obvodny Kanal, Spasskaya and a brand new station opened in 2018 Begovaya.

  • Opened; daily from 5.30am to midnight.
  • Cost; you buy a token to enter the metro at any station (RUB45/US$0,8) and can stay underground as long as you wish without any time or station limit.

If you want to know more about St.Petersbrg metro you can join a 2-hour guided metro tour.

Avtovo station, St.Petersburg metro - a must visit place
Avtovo station, the most beautiful station in St.Petersburg metro.

Smolny Convent

A beautiful monastery complex in baroque style, the highlight of the convent is a richly decorated cathedral that from far reminds a little bit a meringue cake. If you think you’ve already seen enough cathedrals in St.Petersburg you might be right but this one looks quite a lot different white and blue baroque style with five cupolas crowning it. Smolny convent is by far not as touristy as the St.Isaac’s or Church on Spilled Blood the main reason is the location, it’s located outside the historical center and a bit far from the nearest metro station but it’s a stunning complex that is worth visiting.

  • Opened; daily from 7am to 8pm
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; Ploshchad Rastrelli, 1, metro Chernyshevskaya (20min. walk)
Smolny convent, St.Petersburg
Smolny convent – a must visit place in St.Petersburg

City symbols

There are several unofficial symbols of St.Petersburg, the four main are; the Rostral columns, the Angel on the top of the Alexander Column, the Golden Ship – a weather vane in the form of a ship on the spire of the Admiralty building and The Bronze Horseman. To see the first two you’ll need a binocular both are located quite high up. All four symbols are located very close to each other, you’ll need about an hour to do a loop and see all of them.

You can join a 6-hour guided walking tour or do a 2-hour Segway tour with a guide through the main attractions in the historical center.

Angel on the Alexander Column, Palace Square, St.Petersburg
Angel on the Alexander Column in Palace Square, one of the city symbols

There are several city tour options to explore St.Petersburg and its highlights;

Note! There are special tours for cruise passengers (3-day visa-free visit to St.Petersburg) with correct paperwork and licensed guides;

Where to go with children in St.Petersburg

At the first sight, it might seem that there are not that many places focused on travelers with children in St.Petersburg but in fact, there are more than enough kiddies places to keep the whole family busy for a couple of days or even longer.

The Grand Maket Rossiya (the layout of Russia in miniature)

It’s not a secret that Russia is a massive country and to see even a small part of it as a tourist requires a lot of time and involves difficult logistics and many hours on trains, plains, and buses. In the Grand Layout, you and your children get a unique chance to see all the cultural, geographical and regional differences of Russia in just a couple of hours. The layout scale is 1:87, it occupies 800m² and represents the main regions and cities of Russia, it’s the second biggest layout in the world after Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany.

The best part of the layout is that it’s very interactive cars and buses run on the roads, stop at the traffic lights, ships sail in the lakes and rivers, trains run on the rails, day and night switch every 13 minutes and many other things happen around all the time. Never mind children but even adults can spend hours here discovering new features and noticing small details. We absolutely loved this place and highly recommend it for tourists with children.

    • Opened; daily from 10am to 8pm.
    • Admission; RUB480/US$7 – adults, RUB280/US$4 – children.
    • Getting here; Tsvetochnaya st., 16, nearest metro station Moskovskie Vorota, 10min. walk.

Petrovskaya Aquatoria scale model

If your kids enjoyed the previous museum they might like this one as well unlike in the Russia layout where you can travel around the country Petrovskaya Aquatoria represents only St.Petersburg and its suburbs, here you can travel back in time and see how the city looked in the early 18th century and in different seasons. The scale is 1:87, the total area of the layout is 500m². The model is interactive as well; day and night change, people dance, ships navigate on the Neva river, carriages pull by horses move along the roads, lights go on and off and many other small surprises and details that you might even not notice.

  • Opened; daily from 10am to 10pm.
  • Admission; RUB450/US$6,5 – adults, RUB250/US$3,5 – children.
  • Getting here; very central location, Malaya Morskaya st., 4/1, metro Admiralteyskaya


The first museum in Russia established by Peter the Great and opened in 1727. Some rooms contain quite shocking things like Siamese twin skeleton or unborn babies with deformities floating in formaldehyde. Kunstkamera collection includes ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological artifacts, basically anything from minerals to stuffed animals, from traditional dresses to biological rarities. Here you can find things from all over the world from South America to Indochina and Africa. A curious thing not to miss here is The Globe of Gottorf a massive 17th-century globe of the earth with the study room inside. It measures 3 meters in diameter. On the outside, on the globe, there is a detailed map of the earth’s surface, on the inside, a map of constellations with astrological and mythological symbols.

  • Opened; Tue-Sun from 11am to 6pm.
  • Admission fee; RUB300/US$5 – adults, RUB100/US$1,5 – students and children.
  • Getting here; University Embankment, 3, metro Admiralteyskaya


If you and your children are a bit tired from traditional museums a visit to the Oceanarium might be a good alternative especially on a rainy day when going to the parks or playgrounds is not an option. The Oceanarium is quite big, there are 48 aquariums that occupy about 5000m², the combined volume of the aquariums is more than 1,5 million liters. As for different species of animals here you can see fish from both fresh and salt waters, inhabitants of tropical coral reefs, as well as seals, sharks, otters, eagle rays and others. Children’s favorite part is the tunnel that runs under the biggest aquarium where you are surrounded by water and fish all colors and sizes. Don’t miss daily (except Mondays) shows with sharks (at 7pm) and with seals (11.30am and 4pm) as well as fish and mammals’ feeding.

  • Opened; daily from 10am to 8pm, closed every third Monday of the month.
  • Admission; RUB750/US$11 – adults, RUB550/US$8 – children (from 7 years old) and students, RUB250/US$3,5 – children (under 7 years old).
  • Getting here; Marata st., 86, metro Pushkinskaya, Zvenigorodskaya

The Zoological Museum

It was my favorite museum when I was a child I think the main reason was a huge skeleton of a blue whale that is located in the main hall, it’s enormous, difficult to believe the animal this size actually exists. There are several skeletons of the mammoth including a baby one and many other animals, birds, insects, and amphibians. The scariest part for me is the section with all sorts of worms and parasites it’s just disgusting. There are no alive animals or creatures here only skeletons, mounted or preserved in formalin animals that occupy three store museum building.

  • Opened; daily from 11am to 6pm, closed on Tuesdays and second Wednesday of every month.
  • Admission; RUB250/US$4 – adults, RUB150/US$2 – children and students.
  • Getting here; Universitetskaya emb.,1, metro Admiralteyskaya
Zoological museum a great place to visit with children in St.Petersburg
Little mammoth in the Zoological Museum of St.Petersburg.

The Railway Museum

This museum is more for boys and dads though girls might enjoy it too. The museum is very new it was opened in 2017, the covered area of the museum 16 000m, the outside area is 39 000 m which is bigger than 5 football fields so make sure you wear comfortable shoes there will be a lot of walking involved. The collection is quite impressive from old steam locomotives and wooden train carts to modern high-speed electric trains and even a mobile missile system.

  • Opened; Wed-Sun, from 10.30am to 6pm.
  • Admission; RUB300/US$4,5 – adults, RUB100/US$1,5 – children and students.
  • Getting here; Bibliotechny Pereulok 4/2, metro Baltiyskaya

The museum of electric transport

Looks like we got another museum for boys and dads, girls might like it old trams look very cozy inside. There are 22 trams and 7 trolleybuses in the museum that represent the history of the city transport from the beginning until the end of the 20th century. Visitors can get inside the trams, learn how they work, sit on the driver’s seat and even take a ride on an old tram through the city (only on weekends, from April to October).

  • Opened; Wed-Sun, from 10.00am to 6pm.
  • Admission; RUB300/US$4,5 – adults, RUB100/US$1,5 – children and students, ride in the old tram (only weekends) RUB200/US$3, children shorter than 1m ride for free as per old St.Petersburg tradition.
  • Getting here; Sredny Prospect, 77, metro Vasileostrovskaya

The Mariinsky Theater concerts for children

If your children are somehow interested in music you can take them to the afternoon concerts in the Mariinsky theater, concerts usually start at 12pm or 1pm, most of them are fairy tale based performances for children but adults will enjoy it too. Tickets are usually between RUB700 and RUB3000.

Midday cannon shot at the Peter and Paul fortress

You don’t have to be at the fortress itself but somewhere in the vicinity to hear it but if you want to see the process head to the Naryshkin Bastion in the fortress. The tradition of the midday blank shot goes back to Peter’s the Great time when the cannons in the fortress were used to announce the beginning and the end of working days, important events, fires, floods etc.

Spot the smallest sculptures in the city

Among hundreds of sculptures and statues in the parks and streets of St.Petersburg, there are some that children love the most. Ask your kids to spot some of them, it’ll make walking around the city a little bit more exciting and entertaining for the whole family. Children’s favorite sculptures are; a little soldiers under the bridge of the Mikhailovsky Castle. Chizhik-Pyzhik (a little bronze bird, the smallest sculpture in the city) near the Mikhailovsky Castle, at the First Engineer Bridge; the Hare on the log near the Ioanovsky bridge at the entrance to Peter and Paul fortress. The last one is Cat Elisey at Malaya Sadovaya street, at the corner of Eliseyevsky Shop. Be aware all these monuments require a lot of coins as per local tradition people try their luck throwing coins and making wishes.

Saint Petersburg in miniature

Here you can see bronze replicas of the main city sights like the Hermitage, St.Isaac cathedral, Peter and Paul fortress, Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and more and all are a size of a child. The replicas are located inside a small park you can walk around and take photos.

  • Opened; daily from 9am to 10pm. Wed-Sun, from 10.00am to 6pm.
  • Admission; free
  • Getting here; Aleksandrovsky Sad, metro Gorkovskaya.

The Russian Lefthander Microminiature Museum

Continue with small things in between doing sightseeing in the city center you can take your kids to a museum where artworks are so tiny that you need a magnifying glass or a microscope to be able to see them. The museum is quite small so are the exhibited items you won’t need a lot of time to visit it but it’s just something different that you might not find in other places. Among the most impressive works are; a caravan of camels in the needle eye, a rose inside the hair, a Christmas tree and a snowman on a horse’s hair, slices of poppy seeds with cartoon characters and famous (in Russian literature) flea clad in golden horseshoes – all these are less than 1mm height. In addition to the micro miniatures here, you can see some beautiful and unique scrap metal works. I know many tourists (even grown-ups) that loved this place.

  • Opened; daily from 11am to 7pm.
  • Admission; RUB350(RUB400 on weekends)/US$5-6 – adults, RUB250/US$3,5 – children.
  • Getting here; Italyanskaya st,. 35, metro Nevsky Prospect, Gostiny Dvor.

Hydrofoil ride to Peterhof

If you go to Peterhof (it’s a must see don’t forget) I’d suggest taking a hydrofoil to or back from the park (or both ways), I used to love it when I was a child and still do love it a lot, it’s much more pleasant than taking public transport in order to get to Peterhof. Hydrofoil has several advantages; It’s an exciting trip, it’s the easiest way of getting to Peterhof from the center and it’s quick 30min. compared to 1h30min. by bus and metro.

  • Operating hours; from 9.30am till 3pm (some companies run till 4pm)
  • Price; RUB800/US$12 one way, RUB1500/US$22 return
  • Departure place; Dvortsovaya emb. (in front of the Hermitage), every 30min., travel time 30min.

Trick or joke fountains in Peterhof

If you head to Peterhof make sure to have enough time and some extra clothes, kids love the trick fountains in the park where they can get soaking wet running around and trying to find a trigger that switches water on and off (you’ll find out quite soon that there is no trigger, it’s a person that does it). It’s great entertainment and a lot of fun for both children and their parents.

The main fun-fountains are; the Water Road fountain, It is on for 15 seconds every day at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Located between the Chess cascade and Monplaisir palace, check for small pipes on both sides of the road and billboards. Other trick fountains (Umbrella, Pine Trees, Oak Tree, and Couches) work all day, they are located between the Water Road and the Monplaisir Palace. There are many squirrels in the park you can buy some nuts and feed them as well.

  • Opened; fountains are on Mon-Fri from 10am to 6pm, Sat from 10am to 8.45pm and Sun from 10am to 7pm.
  • Admission; park – RUB750/US$12 adults, RUB450/US$7,5 students; palace – RUB700/US$11,5, students RUB400/US$6,5, children under 16 years enter for free (for children 14-15 years we’d recommend having a document).

Eliseyevsky Shop

Probably the most famous and definitely the most beautiful shop in the city. It used to be an Interior of the shop reminds more of a palace or a theater than a supermarket; big windows and mirrors, a piano and a huge palm tree in the middle and many yummy things in between. The best part of the shop is actually its windows that were decorated by famous Russian artist Shemyakin with bizarre characters inspired by the Nutcracker. The dolls move and turn around, looks the best at night time with the lights on.  

New Holland Island

It is a great place to take a break from sightseeing for both parents and children, first can chill sitting on the grass with a drink, second will enjoy playing at the Frigate Playground, a huge wooden playground in the shape of a ship. For 2-4-year-old children there is another smaller wooden playground where they can play, run and climb. There are usually many events, workshops, bars etc. in New Holland in summer.

  • Opened; Mon-Thu from 10.30am to 10pm, Fri-Sun from 10.30am to 11pm.
  • Admission; free, visitors are not allowed to bring food or drinks with
  • Getting here; Admiralteisky emb., 2, metro Admiralteyskaya

Best places in St.Petersburg for romantic couples

Visiting St.Petersburg in the summer months of June and July is already quite romantic; White Nights, opening of the bridges, river cruises, night walks etc. but there are several places in the city that are recommended for a couple.  

The colonnade of the St.Isaac’s cathedral

The cathedral is a must visit place for any tourist but going up to its colonnade at night is an activity reserved for couples. To observe the night city from one of the highest points in the historical center is a great experience believe me I’ve don’t it more than once.

  • Opened; daily (closed on Wednesdays) from 10.30am to 6pm, in season (from 27th April to 30th September) opened in the evenings as well from 6pm to 10.30pm.
  • Admission fee; RUB200/US$ for everybody.
  • Getting here; St.Isaac Square 4, metro Admiralteyskaya

The Summer Garden

The biggest garden in the city center with many hidden corners, fountains, Greek sculpture, green tunnels, cozy benches and a couple of swans in the small artificial lake. Buy an ice cream or a cup of coffee and enjoy the green oasis of the garden with your beloved one.

  • Opened; daily (closed on Tuesdays) from 10am to 10pm.
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; 15min. walk from metro Nevsky Prospect, Gorkovskaya or Chernyshevskaya
The Summer Garden in St.Petersburg
The Summer Garden a great place for a walk in the city

Izmailovsky Sad (Garden)

This garden is more off the beaten track place with fewer people and very few tourists, it might be not as big and fancy as the Summer Garden but it’s very cozy and quiet, it’s a place for artistic souls who like discovering unexpected and be surprised. The favorite couples’ place in the garden is Angel’s bench – a wooden bench with a small sculpture of an angle with an umbrella reading a book. There are many funky sculptures hidden in the garden most of them are related to the theater because Saint Petersburg Youth Theater is located here. The sculptures were installed here temporary for the anniversary of the theater but people liked them so much that it was decided to keep them here permanently.

  • Opened; daily 8am to 11pm.  
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; Fontanka River emb., 114, metro Tekhnologichesky Institut

A boat ride on a river

Out of many options in the city for a romantic ride I’d suggest taking a night boat on the Moika River it’ll be quiet this time of the day and the city center looks beautiful at night. Another more traditional option is to do a night boat ride on the Neva River to see the opening of the bridges. It will be very busy and noisy in the summer.

SUP around the city center

If you’re rather an adventurous couple and like going off the beaten track I’d suggest exploring the city center on a SUP this way you can combine exercising and sightseeing. There are several SUPping routes in the city, in my opinion, the best one is on the Griboedov channel, past Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Kazan Cathedral, Summer Garden and several other highlights. The average duration between 1h30min. and 2 hours. The tours start very early at 6am in order to be finished before tourists boats start running on the rivers which gives you a great opportunity to see city rivers and channels without many boats.

Sunrise at the Neva river

It’s my favorite time of the white nights when the majority of people already gone, the bridges are still opened and the sun is rising from behind the Peter and Paul fortress. The best spot for watching the sunrise is Dvortsovaya emb., in front of the Hermitage. It’s up to you to stay awake late or to get up very early, depending on the month the sunset in summer is between 3.30am in June and 4.30am July. I’m sure you’ll be able to find an opened coffee shops somewhere at the Nevsky avenue to grab a cup of coffee.

Romantic sunrise in St.Petersburg
The Palace bridge and the Neva River in the morning

The Kissing bridge

The Potseluev (kissing in Russian) bridge across the Moika River is a traditional place for newly married couples to come it’s believed that if they can cross the bridge while kissing it will be a long lasting happy marriage. In fact, the bridge has nothing to do with kissing it was named after a merchant that had a pub at the bridge his surname was Potseluev (Kissing).  

Mansarda restaurant

A popular panorama restaurant in the city center with the view over the St.Isaac’s cathedral. I’d suggest coming here for lunch it’s not the cheapest place in the city but the view and the food are worth money. In the menu fusion cuisine, seafood dishes and sushi, traditional Russian dishes, salads, and cold starters as well as vegetarian dishes and delicious desserts.

  • Opened; daily from 12pm to 1am
  • Average bill; RUB2500/US$ per person
  • Getting here; Pochtamtskaya st., 3, metro Admiralteyskaya

Open air concert or movie night in New Holland

New Holland creative space became a very popular summer spot for couples to come here in the evening to drink a glass of wine or beer sitting on the grass, to enjoy the nice vibe or to listen to an open-air concert. There is always something happening in New Holland in summer, especially on weekends.

  • Opened; Mon-Thu from 10.30am to 10pm, Fri-Sun from 10.30am to 11pm.
  • Admission; free, visitors are not allowed to bring food or drinks with
  • Getting here; Admiralteisky emb., 2, metro Admiralteyskaya

Best places in the city for culture vultures

The State Russian Museum

Another not-to-miss place in St.Petersburg unlike the Hermitage the Russian museum focused exclusively on Russian art, don’t expect to see here masterpieces by Rembrandt, Da Vinci or Monet. The museum collection represents Russian art from early icons to modern art, after a visit you’ll get a good idea of the way it developed in the country.

  • Opened; Mon from 10am to 8pm; Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun from 10am to 6pm; Thu from 1pm to 9pm. Tuesday closed.
  • Admission fee; RUB450/US$7 – adults, RUB200/US$3 – students.
  • Getting here;

The highlights of the Russian Museum

  • Moonlight Night on the Dnieper by Arkhip Kuindzhi
  • The Last Day of Pompeii by Karl Bryullov
  • Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by Ilya Repin
  • Knight at the Crossroads by Viktor Vasnetsov
  • The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky
  • Portrait of Chaliapin by Boris Kustodiev
  • Black Circle by Malevich
  • Old Russian icons
The Russian museum. Places to visit in St.Petersburg
The Russian museum a must visit place for culture vultures

The Faberge Museum

One of the newest city museums, it was opened in 2013 in the beautiful Shuvalov palace the Faberge museum has the largest collection of Faberge’s works in the world. Among 4000 objects here you can find 15 of the famous Faberge Eggs, 9 of them were made for the Romanov Family. Beautiful masterpieces in stunning interior of the palace, a must visit place if you like works from treasury metals and gems.

  • Opened; every day from 9am to 9pm
  • Admission fee; RUB450/US$7.  
  • Getting here; Fontanka river emb., 21, metro Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor.

The Mariinsky theater

The main opera and ballet theater of St.Petersburg and definitely my favorite one. Mariinsky theater has three main stages located within walking distance from each other. The historical stage a traditional old theater with a huge crystal lamp in the middle, richly decorated interior, heavy curtains etc. all you imagine when you think of an opera theater.

The Second Stage was opened recently in 2013 right next to the old one. This one is my favorite acoustic here is great and even from cheap top seats, you can see almost the whole stage and perfectly hear everything, plus the seats are very comfortable. My favorite cheap seats in the Second Stage are; balcony, left or right side, row 2, places 18-15 (single seats).

The Concert Hall is another modern stage opened in 2007 and located 500m away from the previous two, this one is mainly used for concerts rarely for operas and ballets though, with limited or no sets, the stage is too small for that. Acoustic here is good as well but some say after the installation of an organ it got worse.

Usually, the cheapest tickets to the balcony are not available online a long time beforehand (more than a month) I guess they wait for more expensive tickets to be sold. The cheapest tickets, unlike the more expensive ones, don’t have different prices for Russian and tourists.

Tickets for normal opera and orchestra performances, without superstars, cost; The Second Stage from RUB500/US$8 (balcony seats) to RUB3400/US$55 (first rows, stalls). The Concert Hall from RUB600/US$10 (balcony) to RUB2500/US$40 (stalls). The Historical Stage from RUB300/US$5 (3rd tier, left or right side, won’t be able to see much from up there) to RUB3600/US$60 (first row, stalls). Note! Tickets to some ballet performances can be more than double the price. I always buy tickets online it’s very quick and easy, you can get all the info, choose seats etc.

Opened; usually, performances start at 7pm, sometimes at 6pm or 8pm. In summer on weekends there are morning performances (start at 12pm or 1pm), usually tickets for those are cheaper and they’re more children orientated.

Getting here; Teatralnaya Ploshad (Theater Square), 1, metro Sennaya Ploshchad, about 20min. walk from the metro, you can take a bus that stops in front of the theater.

The Mikhailovsky theater

Another place to go for a good ballet or opera performance. For opera I still prefer Mariinsky, but ballet is equally good in both, though some performances and dancers are better in one some in another. Mikhailovsky theater has some interesting modern ballet productions and dancing performances are more often in the playbill than operas. The interior reminds the Historical Stage of the Mariinsky, a traditional opera theater. Tickets for ballet are quite pricey here, start at RUB1500/US$25 (third circle, last row, you won’t see anything from up here), av.price RUB4000/US$65.

The Philharmonic Hall

For a good and affordable classical music concert, the Philharmonic is a perfect place. The repertoire is very diverse from solo piano concerts to Beethoven and Bruckner’s symphonies. The Hall might be not as impressive as the one in Mariinsky theater though it’s beautiful and performances here are always good. The location is great as well right in the city center, close to the metro stations and many hotels. Tickets from RUB500/US$8.

The Philharmonic Hall, St.Petersburg
The Philharmonic Hall, a place to visit in St.Petersburg for culture vultures

St.Petersburg Court Chapel

A beautiful building next to the Palace Square it’s the place to come if you want to listen to the masterpieces of the Russian composers with a traditional Russian choir e.g. operas by Glinka or Mussorgsky. The Chapel Choir is the oldest professional choir in Russia. The repertoire includes music of international composers from Mendelssohn to Schoenberg. The Concert Hall is stunning, you can spend the whole concert just looking around studying the details of its decor. Tickets from RUB350/US$6.

Recommended places to visit for architecture admirers

Architectural models of the Academy of Arts

An off the beaten track place that not even many locals have been to. The museum collection is very diverse and includes mainly copies of famous artworks made by students of the Academy. Architecture lovers might find the collection of architectural models of the most admired city buildings quite interesting. It’s the only collection of actual architecture project models in the world.

In the old times (when people didn’t have computers) they used to make architectural models of a building before the construction when the building was finished the models were held to the Academy of Arts for educational purposes. The models all thoroughly made and reflect the smallest details of the decoration of the actual buildings. The highlights of the collection are models of Smolny Cathedral (it’s my favorite here), St.Isaac cathedral, Winter Palace, Mikhailovsky Castle.

  • Opened; Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun from 11am to 7pm, Thi from 12pm to 8pm.
  • Admission fee; RUB300/US$ – adults, RUB200/US$ – students, children under 16 – free.
  • Getting here; Universitetskaya emb., 17, metro Vasileostrovskaya

Art Nouveau architecture

In the center of St.Petersburg most of the buildings are in baroque or classicism styles but in you go a bit off the traditional tourist route to Petrogradsky district past the Peter and Paul fortress you’ll find yourself in the Art Nouveau kingdom. Two of the most interesting spots are Leo Tolstoy square (metro Petrogradskaya) with the stunning Rosenstein House or House with Towers and Avstriiskaya square (metro Gorkovskaya). If you like walking and have enough time you can follow the Art Nouveau route through Petrogradskaya district that will take you past the most interesting and beautiful buildings. 

There are a couple of stunning Art Nouveau buildings in the center as well; The House of Books at the corner of Nevsky Prospect and the Griboedov canal, Eliseevsky Store building at Nevsky Prospect and the Esders and Skheifals trade building at the Red Bridge over the Moika River.

Rosenstein House, Avstriiskaya square, St.Petersburg
Rosenstein House at Avstriiskaya square one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the city

The Marble Palace

It’s quite a unique building for St.Petersburg with its cold and wet climate which makes it even more interesting. The main construction materials used for interior and exterior of the palace are granite and marble, in total 32 shades of marble were used to decorate the building. Nowadays the palace is a part of the Russian State Museum complex and functions as a museum.

  • Opened; Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun from 10am to 6pm, Thi from 1pm to 9pm, Tuesdays closed.
  • Admission fee; RUB400/US$ – adults, RUB200/US$ – students, children under 16 free.
  • Getting here; Milionnaya st., 5/1, metro Gorkovskaya

Religious architecture

For those who are into religious architecture, there are many more of those to see in St.Petersburg that aren’t in the bucket list.

To start I’d suggest going to Troitsky (Trinity) Cathedral I really like it for its huge blue dome with the golden stars and beautiful exterior and interior. It looks quite different from other city cathedrals the building itself is white color crowned with the blue dome.

  • Opened; daily from 9am to 7pm
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; Izmailovsky Prospekt (avenue), 17a, metro Tekhnologichesky Institute
Trinity cathedral, St.Petersburg
Trinity Cathedral, St.Petersburg

Another interesting cathedral to visit is the baroque St.Nikolas Naval cathedral. It consists of two separate churches; the lower church located on the first floor and the upper Epiphany Church on the second floor. It was built in 1762, it’s dedicated to St.Nicholas a patron saint of seamen. 

  • Opened; the lower church daily from 7am to 8pm, the upper church (the most beautiful part) on Saturdays from 6am to 8pm and on Sundays from 10am to 6pm.
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; Nikolskaya square, 1/3, metro Sadovaya/Sennaya/Spasskaya

You definitely stumble upon Kazan cathedral with its impressive colonnade. If you have time I’d recommend to go inside to see the interior decoration it’s quite impressive.

  • Opened; daily from 6.30am to 8pm
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; in front of metro station Nevsky Prospect (Griboedov canal exit)

St.Petersburg mosque is another religious building with a big blue dome and impressive decoration (mainly the dome and the main entrance). It’s not a museum which means you can go inside if you’re not a Muslim but it is worth it to come here just to see it from the outside.

  • Opened; daily from 9am to 7pm
  • Admission fee; free
  • Getting here; it is right in front of Gorkovskaya metro station. 

Best places to visit for history buffs

Egyptian Sphinxes

Right in front of the Academy at the Universitetskaya embankment, you can find two syenite Sphinxes that were brought here all the way from Egypt in 1832. The sphinxes were spotted by a Russian traveler in Alexandria where they were bought, it took 2 years to deliver them to St.Petersburg, each sphinx weighs about 23 tons. The estimated age of the sphinxes is 3500 years old, the original location of them was in front of a temple in Luxor for the 18th dynasty of pharaoh Amenhotep III, it says their faces portrait his face. It’s quite an unusual thing to see that far away north from Egypt.

Getting here; Universitetskaya emb., 17 (in front of the Academy of Arts), metro Vasileostrovskaya

Veliky Novgorod 

If you have more than 3 days in the city and really interested in history I’d suggest visiting a town of Veliky Novgorod which is according to some sources one of the oldest Russian towns. It’s about 850 years older than St.Petersburg. Novgorod is very different from St.Petersburg it is much more Russian town with the traditional Kremlin (yes, Moscow is not the only one, many old Russian towns have a Kremlin), several churches that date back to the 11th-15th centuries and an open-air museum Vitoslavlitsy – a reconstructed traditional Russian village with wooden houses and churches. It’s a quiet green town by the river a pleasant place for a day trip from the bustling city.

If you decide to stay in the town for two days there are several accommodation options for different budgets;

Home HostelHotel Welcome innBoutique-Hotel TruvorMini-hotel Tri Kota |

Cost; train ticket RUB580/US$10 one way

Getting here; a fast train Lastochka St.Petersburg – Veliky Novgorod leaves every day at 7.16am (confirm time at the railway station) from Moskovsky Railway station. It takes 3 hours to get there. Train back to St.Petersburg leaves at 6pm.

You can visit Novgorod with a tour from St.Petersburg

Kremlin, Veliky Novgorod
Kremlin in Veliky Novgorod a great trip to do from St.Petersburg for history lovers

The Museum of history of St.Petersburg

The Commandant’s House of the Peter and Paul Fortress consists of two sections; the first section is dedicated to the ancient history of the Neva banks and the history of St.Petersburg in the early 18th century. Here you can see archaeological finds, maps, paintings, graphics and applied art. The second section provides some insights into the daily life of the city in the 19th – early 20th centuries. Every room is dedicated to a specific subject: business, life in a rental apartment, transport, fashion, cuisine etc.

  • Opened; daily from 11am to 6pm
  • Admission fee; RUB200/US$
  • Getting here; 5 minutes walk from metro Gorkovskaya

Cruiser Aurora

A protected cruiser Aurora built in 1900 in St.Petersburg has an interesting and eventful story. It made a long and tough journey around the world before returning back to the city in 1916. During the Russian-Japanese war, the cruiser took part in several battles in the South Pacific. After it was relocated to the Baltic sea from where it came back to St.Petersburg for repairing just before the February Revolution. Half of the cruiser crew decided to join it. On 7th November 1917, a blank shot from the cruiser announced the start of the assault of the Winter Palace. Nowadays Aurora became a museum-ship and is anchored at Petrogradskaya embankment.

  • Opened; Wed-Sun from 11am to 6pm
  • Admission fee; RUB600/US$10 – adults, RUB400/US$6 – children.
  • Getting herePetrogradskaya embankment, 10min. walk from metro Gorkovskaya

A good option is to join a guided segway tour Revolutionary St.Petersburg during which you’ll be visiting the main places in the city that are related to the revolution.

Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad

This is a place for those who is interested in WWII in general and particularly in the role of St.Petersburg (Leningrad then) in it. The main exposition is dedicated to the most tragic period in the history of the city, 900 days of the siege of Leningrad by the Nazi troops. During that period over 700 000 civilians died from hunger and diseases, the daily ration of bread was 125g for a civil working person. It was the most lethal siege in the world’s history. In the museum, you can see photos, documents, parts of diaries and more siege related objects.

  • Opened; temporarily closed for renovation
  • Admission fee; RUB300/US$10 – adults, RUB100/US$6 – children, students.
  • Getting here; Solyanoy Pereulok, 9 metro Chernyshevskaya

If you’re really into WWII and would like to know more about the siege you can do Siege of Leningrad – a private 8-hour tour during which you drive out of the city to visit the main places of battlefields, the Road of Life, the Broken Ring and the Diorama Museum. It’s a very informative tour that takes you to the places you won’t be able to visit on your own unless you rent a car and know where to drive.

Best party places in St.Petersburg

Everybody knows that Moscow never sleeps but you’ll be quite surprised how little St.Petersburg sleeps in the summer months of June and July!

Rubinsteina street

The main drinking street with tons of bars, restaurants, and clubs that gets quite busy especially in summer over weekends. It’s a good place to come for a drink, late dinner or just to hang out and meet people. Some of the best-rated places are; restaurant Duo Asia, Fiddler’s Green, Jazz Bar 48 Chairs, Vinostudia, Pub Mollie’s, restaurant-bar Geography and Beergeek.

 Dumskaya street 

Another street though quite a bit smaller than the previous one with many bars and clubs. This area used to be the main city party corner and it’s still but the places here are by far not as fancy as at Rubinsteina street. Most of the city pub crawl tours take place here. Some of the oldest bars here are Fidel, Dacha, Belgrad but there are many more, it’s difficult to believe but there are about 40 bars and clubs at this small street. If you want to go out on a budget it’s a good option.

For solo travelers joining a Pub Crawl tour is a good option to meet new people and have some fun.

Party boat on the Neva river

With so many rivers and canals, a party boat is a logical thing to expect in St.Petersburg. It’s not just a boat with music and drinks on Purga boat you can join a New Years party that takes place every weekend (Friday and Saturday night). The trip is 4 hours during which you get a chance for partying and dancing, celebrating New Year and watching the opening of the bridges over the Neva River. There are two decks on the boat; opened for warm summer nights and closed in case of rain. The boat leaves on Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm from Fontanka emb. 15. 18+ passengers only.

Useful items to bring with on a trip

Weather in St.Petersburg is unpredictable, it can change from warm and sunny to cold in windy in a day so my advice, bring some warmish clothes (hoodie, jeans, trainers) as well as summer clothing.

  • Comfortable shoes/sandals for walking – you’ll be walking a lot; around the city, in the museums and parks make sure you have a pair of comfortable shoes.
  • Umbrella – it can rain at any time in this city.
  • Hoodie/sweater – even if it’s warm during the day you’ll need something warm to wear at night time.
  • Jeans (ladies’ option) – for the same reason as a hoodie.
  • Travel backpack – for hand luggage (to pack your laptop, phone, documents etc.) and to use as a day pack in the city.
  • Sunglasses – yes, it can be sunny in the city and if you do any water excursion sunglasses will be quite handy.
  • LifeStraw – tap water is not good for drinking (at least nobody I know drinks it unless there is a filter) bringing a LifeStraw bottle of just a filter is a good idea.

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  1. Hi Gokgul
    I am going to St Petersburg in mid Dec’19 – 14th to 17th, its going to be very cold and perhaps able to see snow that time.
    Am I right to say that both Peterhof Palace & Catherine Palace will not be open for tourists during this time of the year?
    Any other suggestions to do during Winter time that I am visiting St Petersburg apart what you have listed in your webpage (as its more applicable to those who are visiting during summertime)?
    Many thanks in advance!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi, Will! Both palaces and parks stay open all year, only fountains in Peterhof are off for winter season, on a bright side in winter season entrance to both parks is free. You can visit both but I personally prefer Catherine Palace and Park in winter, Peterhof looks a little bit sad without fountains but it’s my personal opinion. Before going to the suburbs check times and days when the palaces are open, you can do it on their websites. Palaces, cathedrals, and museums are the main attractions in the city it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter. You won’t be able to do a river cruise but you still can do a sightseeing tour by bus. There will be the Christmas market at Manezhnaya square, it might be interesting. Go to the Mariinsky theater to watch Russian ballet.
      Enjoy St.Petersburg!

  2. Hi ,

    We are currently in St. Petersburg enjoying your 3 day guide. The information you have given is of a very high standard and easy to follow.

    We will be going to Moscow next I do not see a guide for Moscow on your page, could you please make some recommendations!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Chris!! Thank you for the feedback! I’ve been living in St.Petersburg all my life and know the city very well for this reason it’s easy to write guides and give recommendations. As for Moscow I’ve been there many times but I don’t feel like I know it well enough to write itineraries and guides that’s why you don’t find any content on Moscow on our blog.
      Depending on what you like and how much time you have definitely go to Red Square and inside the Kremlin. If you want to enjoy the Square without the crowds early morning is the best time. Cathedral of the Christ Savior and the St.Vasil’s cathedral are two symbolic churches to visit in Moscow (though the first one was completely rebuilt, the original one was exploded in Stalin’s time).
      If you like art Tretyakovskaya Gallery is a must visit, in my opinion its collection of Russian art is better than the one in the Russian museum in St.Peterburg. Moscow’s metro is beautiful as well some stations are really impressive e.g. Komsomolskaya (probably the most beautiful one), Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya. Go to VDNKx it’s a symbolical construction of the Soviet Era. I absolutely love so-called Seven Sisters (7 Skyscrapers built in Stalin’s time), my favorite three are Moscow State University building, Hotel Ukraina (now Radisson Collection hotel), Ministry of Foreign Affairs building. They all are in the city center so you won’t miss them.
      Take a boat ride on the Moscow River it’s a great way to see the city center without getting stuck in the traffic.
      Go to Kolomenskoye it’s more of an old Russian architecture. Of course there are more places, museums and churches, the suggested places you’ll be able to visit in 3 days or so. Hope it’ll help you to plan your Moscow trip!

  3. Carina de Lange

    Thanks so much. You covered so many things, and listed places and things of interest that I havent seen on any other posts. We will be visiting St Petersburg in September 2019. Cant wait to explore your Beautiful city. My husband and I, are very keen photographers. We booked 6 nights.
    Regards, Carina South Africa

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Carina! Thank you very much for the feedback! St.Petersburg is a great place for photography lovers I’m sure you’ll get some amazing photos from this trip. We’re currently in St.Petersburg but unfortunately won’t be here in September it would be nice to meet up and to show you around a bit!
      Campbell & Alya

  4. Wow it is the best list for tourists who plan the own Russia visit.It is really very helpful.Thanks for sharing.

  5. Nancy Cadjan

    AWESOME list. Thank you. Spacubo.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Nancy! Thank you for the feedback! We hope you’ll have a great time in St.Petersburg!
      Safe travels!

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