Are you looking for what to do in Saint Petersburg?
PLACES TO SEE
The Russian cultural capital, St. Petersburg is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’. Take a walk through the historical centre and enjoy the live view of the world-known sights that you've already seen sometime on postcards.
- The Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum: The official residence of the Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917, the Winter Palace was intended to reflect the power of the Russian Empire. Today, this monumental building is a part of the complex of buildings housing the famous Hermitage Museum.
- The State Hermitage: Is considered to be the largest art museum in the world. The Museum's exhibitions, storerooms and departments are housed in ten buildings. Six of them are remarkable buildings constructed in the 18th and 19th century. The collection contains almost 3 million items, including paintings, sculptures, numismatics and archaeological objects.
- The Peter and Paul Fortress: The first fortified complex was built in 1703 to protect Peter the Great's northern city from Swedish attacks. The fortress later served also as a notorious political prison, known for its famous residents, like Dostoyevsky, Gorky and Trotsky.
- Most of the Russian emperors and empresses were buried in the beautiful baroque Peter and Paul Cathedral, which stands in the middle of the fortress.
- The Summer Garden and Summer Palace of Peter the Great: The Palace was built in the early 18th century to serve as a summer residence of Peter the Great. Enjoy this well preserved palace and take a walk through the Peter's favorite park.
- St. Isacs Cathedral: Once the largest church in Russia, St. Isacs Cathedral with its gilded dome dominates its surroundings. Beside impressive fades and interiors, the church boasts amazing views of the city.
- Alexander Garden: The city's most central park, found opposite the Hermitage Museum. The park was named after Tsar Alexander II, who opened it in 1874. It is known for its musical / dancing fountain.
- Admiralty: The Admiralty shipyards were built in 1704 on the left bank of the Neva River. Nowadays, the Admiralty represents one of the most beautiful examples of the early Russian Classicism.
THINGS TO DO
Pubs and Nightlife
- Cosmonaut Club: A night club with lots of organized events throughout the year.
- 2nd Floor Club: Dancing, fun and concerts
- Jimi Hendrix Club: A blues club with Armenian cuisine.
- Red Fox Club: A nice basement cafe with live jazz performances every night.
- Dickens Pub: An English pub ambience, offering plenty of English beers.
- The whole of Nevsky Prospekt offers the best variety of shops and stores in St. Petersburg.
- Babushka Art Store: The Store offers a wide range of Russian souvenirs and presents.
- House of Books: A great selection of Russian and foreign literature, art and travel books and more.
Below we have a list of things to do in Saint Petersburg and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Saint Petersburg getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Saint Petersburg with confidence.