Most facilities in the center are portable toilets.
Sometimes on Palace Square you will see toilet buses.
Generally WC are all 10 rubles.
For free in 5-star hotels, McDonalds and other restaurants.
Fondest memory: Marble and gold WC in nice hotels like Grand Hotel Europe or Dostoevsky Hotel.
There are five free pocket guidebooks to St. Petersburg in 2008.
Our favorite is the In your Pocket guide which is written by people who give a local feel.
Followed by St. Petersburg The Official Guide, which is accurate but a somewhat dry presentation of facts.
Sometimes we feel they all cater to commercial advertisers and give more favorable attention than deserved to some of the big or touristy places. We try to balance them in our tips which are from our own experiences from living here :)
Fondest memory: St. Petersburg In your Pocket,
St. Petersburg The Official Guide,
ALL YOU NEED St. Petersburg
Visitor St. Petersburg, a smaller pocket size guide just out in 2007,
Sky Top Tour
They are available at major hotels and travel desks and at Tourist Information centers.
The main city tourist information center is a Nevsky Prospect and 14 Sadovaya St, see our tip for it in this section.
This is a cool resource to find most major (148) tourist attractions in St. Petereburg on a map.
Fondest memory: Peter and Paul Fortress on the Neva River
This is the only guide tip you need :)
New in 2006 the city decided to open some tourist information centers!
At Nevsky Propect and Sadovaya Stret 14 you can find all the tourist handouts in one place.
There are 3 very good guides including:
"In Your Pocket" very usueful and
"St. Petersburg The Official Guide" and
Visitor St. Petersburg, a small pocket size guide just out in 2007.
You can get englsih vesion of Hermitage news ( and russian) and The St. Petersburg times on Tuesdays and Fridays, the only English language newspaper.
Fondest memory: Nevsky Prospect and Sadovaya street, 14
and on the Palace Square
+7 (812) 310-2822
For an English reader the first look at Cyrillic is quite baffling and exotic.
Russian has 33 letters and some are the same as used in English.
A, K, M , O , T look and sound as in English.
Russian has 7 letters that look like English, but sound different:
B, E, H, P, C, Y, X
It is quite rewarding to get the hang of the conversion of cyrillic letters to roman letters. Many words are the same or similar to English. Here is the Library of Congress recommended transliteration of Russian letters.
Fondest memory: Russian / pronounced /English If you cannot read this, change View/ Encoding to Cyrillic in your browser.
П, п .../p/...P,p
Ъъ... hard sign
Ы,ы.../i/...Y,y vowel sound not in english, uh sound
Ь,ь... soft sign
Be sure to get the most up to date guidebook you can. Things seem to change very rapidly here.
My favorite guidebooks are usually Eyewitness guides which have in depth features on the major attractions with excellent pictures. They also have excellent street maps.
I also picked up the Cadogan guide for St. Petersburg as it had a lot of additional information that was interesting.
I didn't get Lonely Planet for St. Petersburg but I liked the Moscow book for it's off the beaten path stuff and the maps that had points of interest, restaurant and hotels all marked on the maps which makes it easy to arrange your day.
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.
Fondest memory: ALL is wonderful in St.Petersburg!
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Fondest memory: Now there are white nights in St.Petersburg. So, it's really nice to walk all the night and see briges drawn.
The modern White-Blue-red flag was first used in 1896, then changed to the red Soviet flag in 1917, then back to the current flag in 1991.