To come in summer (White...
To come in summer (White nights).
You MUST visit
Sites - Peter and Paul Fortress, Summer garden, Alexandr Nevsky monastery
Museums - Hermitage, Russian, Ethnography, Dostojevsky's memory flat
Theatres - Mariinskij, Philharmony
Suburbs - Peterhof, Tsarskoje Selo, Pavlovsk
Nevskij prospect - the main street of the city. ALL is wonderful in St.Petersburg!
The second of St. Petersburg's great squares is named for the ill-fated Decembrists' revolt. On December 14, 1825, a small group of reformist officers entered the square at the head of their troops in order to prevent the Senate from ratifying the accession of Nicholas I. Unbeknownst to the officers, the Senators had anticipated such an action and had already taken their oath to the Tsar in secret. Although the reformers thus found no Senators in the adjacent Senate building, they did run into several thousand loyalist troops who had been called into action by the Tsar. The rebels were attacked, captured, and soon afterward executed or exiled.
Unfortunately, you still need a visa for travelling to Russia. The most common visa is the tourist visa. If you are on a package tour most formalities are sorted out for you by the travel agency. If you are an independent traveller you firstly need an invitation letter from a prebooked accomodation. With this invitation you can apply for the visa at your local embassy. On arrival in Russia you should get an Immigration Card and if you plan to stay more than 3 days you finally need a registration in Russia.
The Sea Port of St. Petersburg
It was for its location at the mouth of the Neva River that Peter the Great fought so hard to obtain the site where St. Petersburg now stands. The port is truly a "gateway" through which billions of dollars worth of goods and raw materials pass from East to West and West to East each year. The port is enormous, so large in fact that if you arrive in St. Petersburg by ship you will see that the commercial port stretches as far as the human eye can see. It is truly a marvel.
Krestovsky Island is one of the greenest parts of the city with big Victory Park on it. You can get it by metro, Krestovsky Park station. On the photo is the bridge between Krestovsky and Kamenny Islands.