Saint Petersburg Travel Guide

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    In front of the Hermitage
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Saint Petersburg Highlights

  • Pro
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     culture, museums, opera, ballet, Neva river, White Nights 

  • Con
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     the language and the cyrilic signs 

  • In a nutshell
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     nichy voh! 

Saint Petersburg Things to Do

  • Hermitage

    The Military Gallery of 1812 was created by Carlo Rossi in 1826 in commemoration of Russian Imperial Army participation in the Napoleonic Wars. The Gallery is divided by doubled columns into three sections; the middle section forms the threshold to the St George Hall (the throne room), and is lit by skylights in the painted vaults. 332 portraits...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    So today was a pretty cool day! We cashed in on the free breakfast at the hotel. No money made on us here! Church of the Spilled Blood Then we made our way to the Church on Spilled Blood. We only wore Tshirts because we didn't think it was very cold, and it wasn't, as long as we were moving. All the Russians wore big coats and jackets. We were...

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  • St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress

    This photo was taken whilst on a evening cruise along the Neva River and canals. A good method of obtaining an uninterupted view of many of the important buildings, palaces a historical points of St Petersburg.

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Saint Petersburg Restaurants

  • Russian Cuisine

    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

    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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  • Coffeehouse

    If you are looking for a decent cup of real coffee and in a quirky setting try the place our guide took us to. It was a little restaurant slightly underground and in the middle of Alexander Park. It had a range of coffees including Italian and Ethiopian and a small selection of cakes and pastries. The chocolate was thick Italian style. On the walls...

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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

    Using the metro is very easy. Cost 28 roubles. You are given a voucher that you place in slot as you walk through. Note there is a separate entrance to the exit. There are plenty of signs indicating stations in the subway station and in the train itself. (See photos)It is all very easy. Trains seem to run every minute or 2 minutes so Russians don't...

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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

    We were on a group tour through Russia and our journey from St Petersburg to Moscow was on the fast train. Luxury travel,very fast, and comfortable. The trip took approximately 4 hours with a few stops along the way. We passed many large industrial complex which were derelict, it looked as though the business had closed up and everyone walked...

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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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  • Museums

    Women are not allowed to wear high heel shoes in some museums, especially in Hermitage. These destroy the floor material and create quite a noise with the echo of big exhibitions halls. Those with high heels are enabled a kind of shoe cover.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Saint Petersburg Tourist Traps

  • Taxis

    never hire a taxi near the airport - men offering you a cab will charge you a double or thee times price! order a taxi from english speaking taxi service or hire from a taxi point inside the airport english speakin taxi here http://www.dailyexpress.ru/taxi-st-petersburg-russia.php just to compare - from Pulkovo to Vassilyevsky ostrov price is 800...

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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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  • Personal Observations

    When your guide stop you from buying in a museum souvenir shop it means that she will bring you to another place where she is paid her 10-20% interest on your account. Just compare prices. Moderate prices for souvenirs are at the airport on departure

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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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  • Rainy Weather

    SPB is quite rainy place and when it rains is lasts long. Especially if you are visiting during spring or autumun, an umbrella is strongly recommended. It rains heavily and sometimes non-stop few days.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • Personal Observations

    I was so happy to meet Igor and do a free tour with him because he's so knowlegable about his city. I recommend Igor Rogovtsev to show you around Saint Petersburg. His company is called "Saint-Petersburg Feel Free Tour". You can contact Igor +79045188851 His website is www.feelfreetour.net or infofeelfreetour@gmail.com

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  • Weather

    St. Petersburg gets all four seasons, sometimes a bit unpredictably. The long days of white nights in June do not mean it will be always warm, carry a sweater and umbrella! It can rain most any time of year, though January and February are the coldest and there will be a glaze of ice on sidewalks. Beign by teh Finaldn gulf, the air can often be...

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