Saint Petersburg Travel Guide

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    In front of the Hermitage
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  • St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress
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  • Things to Do
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Saint Petersburg Things to Do

  • Hermitage

    http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/index.html One of the main tourist attractions in St Petersburg is The Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Construction of the Winter Palace was commissioned by Empress Elizabeth Petrovna and commenced in 1754 and was completed in 1762. The Architect was an Italian - Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700-1771). In...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Alternatively, this magnificent church is also named the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. One of my favourite buildings in the world is St Basil's Cathedral at Red Square in Moscow. So when we were walking, and looked down a canal and saw this magnificent church, of which the "onion domes" are built in shades of blue and green, white and...

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  • Palaces

    http://www.saint-petersburg.com/pushkin/catherine-palace.asp In 2013, in the summer, this place received the most visits of all tourist attractions in Russia. We caught public transport to the Catherine Palace. Catherine I, who was Peter the Great’s wife, ruled Russia for two years after her husband died. Catherine Palace is named after her...

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Saint Petersburg Restaurants

  • Russian Cuisine

    4 out of 5 stars

    As everyone knows, there’s no such crime capitalism will shrink from with the view of 200% profit. There used to be a “Café Mumu” in St.Petersburg, with the dog’s figurine at the door, devoted clientele and all that. http://www.cafe-mumu.spb.ru/ Then this mega-chain Moo-Moo comes from Moscow, and the respected small business had to pull down the...

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  • European Cuisine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Truly vegetarian cafe with a special, intimate atmospere. The food here is cooked and served with love and pleasure, smiles and peace are all around. Here one can find vegetarian, vegan, raw dishes, sweets and desserts, dishes with seitan. Recipes are Indian, European, and Russian. Cafe serves breakfast (9am - 12am) and lunch, and has a whole...

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  • Georgian Cuisine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    VT member John Gayton has a fantastic review of this wonderful restaurant. In Russian the name looks like Лоза Ресторан, simply meaning Vine. This was the wonderful setting for the 2nd Diner of the OFFICIAL VT Euro Meeting 2014.. Our

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Saint Petersburg Nightlife

  • Nighttime Dancing

    Western fun rock from Elvis and beyond. Three floors, live music first floor, russian disco upstairs and billiard room. Entrance 150 rubles women, 200 rubles men on weekends. Usually two bands per evening with fun American rock. Decor is Elvis and music Americana. The clientele are mostly normal working Russian people, but foreigners can feel...

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  • Theaters and Concert Halls

    he Theater We crossed over to the theatre with lots of time, luckily, because everyone pointed us in the direction of our seats but no one could tell or show us where they were because we did not understand Russian. To make matters worse, they did not speak English, and furthermore, they thought we were German. What a Shmazol!! Finally this young...

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  • Cafes and Restaurants

    Продукты: Cafe-bar "Produkty" (Russian for "groceries", don't bother trying to google this bar) was opened in the fall of 2011 by Lisa Izvozchikova, a St. Petersburg-born designer and best known as the former bosslady of another very popular DJ cafe-bar "Stirka" on Kazanskaya ulitsa. The space is...

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Saint Petersburg Transportation

  • Metro

    As to be expected with any European city St Petersburg has a comprehensive public transport system. This comprises: buses, trolley-buses, water taxis and as the jewel in its crown the Metro. During my three days, this visit, I used the Metro extensively, at all sorts of times of the day including late at night. I found it simple to navigate, the...

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  • Buses

    St Peterline shuttle At 3:30 ,We made our way back to St Isaacs Cathedral to catch the first shuttle back to the ferry.We wondered if it would even be there and were prepared to take a taxi if need be. But when we arrived there it was .So in about 15 minutes we were back at the terminal. Easy breezy .

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  • Trains

    The 800 kilometre train route between St Petersburg and Moscow is one the country's busiest with up to 36 trains daily each-way between the two. The fastest trains are the state-of-the-art Sapsan services which can cover the journey non-stop in under four hours. There are also a variety of slower, stopping services, and comfortable overnight...

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Saint Petersburg Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    We were given almost no time for shopping which was unexpected since most countries welcome tourist dollars and hard currency and often times guides also are compensated for bringing tour groups to certain shops. At several places we stopped for pictures, individuals often approached you and would bargain with you for a few particular souvenirs. We...

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  • Department Stores

    Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is oldest and largest department store in City. It has a long tradition over 250 years. Russian: Большой Гостиный Двор in literary translation "Guests' Court" is a like Turkish bazaars. It contain a different...

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  • Food & Drink

    WE trumped around all morning and afternoon and were getting tired so we walked back through Nevsky Prospect to the Chocolate museum , bought some chocolate, and went back to our hotel to rest up for our big night out. We had hoped to find some clavier but to no avail.... We did find it the next day but ,,Wow is it expensive!

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Saint Petersburg Local Customs

  • Traditions and Habits

    I don't want to hurt someone's feelings or sth I just wanted to say what I saw. As regards cashiers, this is a disaster. Not all of them, but so many cashiers in Petersburg are rude! I mean, I live in Tallinn and our cashiers don't have this strain when serving the customer. So you need to be ready that in museums or eating places you can be met...

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  • Something Special

    Russia has a wide range of local beers. I tried a few different brands and found them all tasty. Among them were Baltika, Tinkoff, Botchkarev and Nevsky. One of the most popular Russian beers is Baltika which has also a brewery in St. Petersburg. Their different brands are identifiable by a number on the label. My favourite is Baltika 3, which is...

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  • Foreign Languages

    When travelling to Russia be prepared that almost everything is only written in cyrillic letters. Only at airports, a few main train stations and the main sights you will find some English translations. The metro for example doesn't have any English translations. Apart from that not many people speak English. So when you are travelling without a...

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Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Street Crime

    I am sure that some of the posts are well meaning but most are also based on rumors or very outdated info. If I had read only the warnings without knowing better I would never have moved to St Petersburg 8 years ago. Street Crime is very low and seldom involves violence. The remaining risk is pickpockets working in very specific areas on a...

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  • Tap Water

    Please NEVER-EVER-WHATSOEVER drink tap water while in Russia. The main ground is that you don't have a degree on Chemistry and even if you do, I'm sure you don't have your pocket hot lab when on the move in Russia. So please-please-please have fun discovering new chemical elements when you are back to home

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  • Pickpockets

    Friend of mine just told me something scary. After going around Russia and St Petersburg, my friend said her fellow tourist went to take a pictures and found instead of her Canon powershot hanging from its wriststrap, there was just the neatly severed wrist strap. The thief had extremely skilfully selected a moment to home in and surreptitiously...

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Saint Petersburg Tourist Traps

  • Taxis

    Be aware of freelance taxi drivers at the airport, they will charge you horrific fares for your trips to the city. I found an English-speaking taxi service where you can book a taxi ride in advance for a fixed, standard price. They got me an English speaking driver, but I think they also had other languages. They are called Lingotaxi...

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  • Downtown Sites

    Along the Canal Griboedova behind the Church on the Spilled Blood is the main outdoor souvenir market in St. Petersburg. All the tour buses dump out scores of tourists every hour. You have a better bargaining posiiton early or in the off-season when there are not so many tourists and many vendors. You can find a smaller outdoor souvenir market by...

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  • Museums

    I suppose this message is more for people whose mother language is Russian but they are not from Russia ( like me :-) ) I just wanted to say that you need to remember that ticket price is lower for local people ( Russian ) and for tourist it is higher. They just hear, whta is your language, if it is not a Russian, sorry, but payment is higher. So...

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Saint Petersburg What to Pack

  • Clothes

    For a summer trip to St. Petersburg, pack a light jacket (Spring or Autumn-weight) for when the sun goes down or when it rains. Take clothes that you can layer and peel off as it gets warmer. The touristic sights are walkable only in comfortable shoes and dry weather. But bring the umbrella, it will definitely come handy!

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  • Insect Repellent

    Take note if you are like me and don’t enjoy mosquitoes feeding on you whilst you sleep be aware that they are prevalent in St Petersburg, certainly in September and October when I visited. I would like to think that I was personally responsible for keeping the city mosquitoes population under control during my time here. If you would like a...

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  • Miscellaneous

    An excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern or Central Europe is "In Your Pocket". It provides information of more than 50 cities at the travel portal In Your Pocket . About 20 printed full city guides are available locally at various places. I got myself the St. Petersburg guide (150 Rubels, 2005) at the book shop "Anglia",...

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Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Museums

    The State Memorial Museum of the Fieldmarshal Alexander Suvorov the Count of Rymnik and Duke of Italy (1730-1800) was founded in 1904 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. That museum is dedicated to the best Russian military leader Fieldmarshal A.V. Suvorov the Count of Rymnik, the Duke of Italy, the Count of the Holly Roman Empire, the Grand and the...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    The Convent of St. John of Rila is the largest convent in St. Petersburg, Russia and the only stauropegic monastery in the region. It was established on the bank of the Karpovka River by Saint John of Kronstadt (1900) as a branch of the Sura Monastery of St. John the Baptist. The main pentacupolar church of the Twelve Apostles (1902) was built to a...

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  • City Environs

    This is a wonderful water (observing) tower, which stays amazing all year round. It’s a little castle among the industrial decadent style of the time of Kerensky. It used to belong to the Obukhovsky factory as an observing tower. The main guns from the opposite bank of the Neva were adjusting their aiming sights with the tower. 104à Oktyabr’skaya...

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Saint Petersburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Sports Events

    Paintball has become a popular sport, especially for corporate training and team building. St. Petersburg Federation of Sports Paintball 195 Ligovsky Prospect 7-812-320-88-88 North West Paintball Federation 45 Pr.ospect Stachek 7-812-183-62-13 Paintball Club 25 Piskarevskiy prospekt 7-812-521-2326 St. Petersburg Association of Paintball...

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  • City Teams

    The Petrovsky Stadium is home to the local football club FC Zenit St. Petersburg. The stadium was inaugurated in 1924 and has a capacity of 22.300. It is located on a small island and there are only two bridges which lead to the stadium. Both are guarded by safety guards. One of them didn't let me in, whereas the other one was friendly enough to...

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  • Running SPB

    While in SPB, I was staying at the far eastern end of Vasilyevsky Island which was approximately 6 kilometers from the city center so I decided to explore around on by own feett. At the time of this tip I had covered 27 km of Vasilyevsky Island via running! Throughout Vasilyevsky Island I discovered Smolensky Cemetery, Smolenka Canal and great...

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Saint Petersburg Favorites

  • Hermitage

    The most known symbol of the city, which is certainly on the list-to-see of any tourist in St Petersburg, is Winter Palace. The first building was begun to build in 1716 for Peter I The Great, the founder of the Northern Capital of Russia (it was rather comfortable house for the family in winter times, that's why the word "winter" is binded to the...

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  • St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress

    Opposite to Winter Palace on Neva River, there is the first construction of the city, Sts Peter and Pavel Fortress. The fortress was found by Peter I the Great in May of 1703 (the year of the foundation of the city). The fortress, in spite of its military name, never been under the siege or took part in the battles. But it was used as a prison in...

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  • Canals and Rivers

    Why not have a boat trip along the city canals and rivers, which will allow you to see the buildings from different angles and to enjoy the city sites - the splendid samples of the old Russian architecture. walking along the city canals and living there for a year.

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