Saint Petersburg Travel Guide

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    In front of the Hermitage
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Saint Petersburg Things to Do

  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Church of Christ the Savior on the Spilled Blood was built between 1881 and 1907 by architect Alfred Parland at the place where Emperor of Russia, Tsar of Poland, Great Duke of Finland and etc. and etc. Alexander II was mortally wounded. According to plans of criminal group consisted of Andrei Zhelyabov, Sofia Perovskaya, Nickolay Kibalchich,...

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  • Hermitage

    After the restoration of Imperial Main Headquarters or General Staff, that building has exhibition dedicated to Russian Imperial Life Guard and French Fine Art of XIX and XX centuries. Today this is the part of the State Hermitage. French fine arts of XIX century represented here by many portraits accomplished by French painters. The most...

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  • Museums

    Before learning Russian and visiting St Petersburg, I never appreciated just how rich and complex Russia's contemporary history has been. After visiting Erarta, however, I've found that the museum not only works hard at presenting truly innovative works of art, its art also reflects Russia's contemporary history and society in a very organic way. I...

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Saint Petersburg Hotels

  • Grand Hotel Europe

    I wish I could have described my stay here, but I only passed by almost every night. The building is...

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  • Hotel Astoria

    Five star accommodation caters to the foreign visitor. For regular tourist it also has some...

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  • Nashotel

    I suppose it was the most luxury experience of mine in StPetersburg :-) I like Vasilievsky Island...

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Saint Petersburg Restaurants

  • Russian Cuisine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Authentically Russian food. Located in the city center. Not bad taste and extremely cheap. Almost all traditional Russian dishes are available. Stolovaya #1 works 24/7. In the morning serve breakfast until 11:00. Interior made in USSR style. Very good place for tourists. Great food quality/price ratio.

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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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  • Asian Cuisine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The restaurant Shurpa (Ginza Project Group) on Wednesdays at 20:00 suggests a master-class of Uzbek dishes. One can get a free portion. Book seats in advance by phone. We were there again on Wednesday 01/08/2012 and they prepared "pilaw". It's tasty too! The free portion is not very big but enough for an evening meal. Their usual portions are very...

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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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  • Evening Outing

    Despite the spartan interiors and menu, this place is still a favorite for local rock musicians and alternative artists, with the bonuses of table hockey and underground films. Daily, 3 p.m. until the last person leaves. Live gigs start at 10:30 p.m.; film program on Sunday from 8 p.m. Entrance 50 rubles.

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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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Saint Petersburg Transportation

  • Metro

    When I was tired from walking or I need to travel far I was using city's metro. Saint Petersburg metro system (Russian: Петербу́ргский метрополитен) is very effective public transportation...

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  • Trains

    The favourite place for me was Siberia in Russia. I travelled there some years ago and made a trans-Siberia train trip from Bejing to St.Petersburg - It includes such beautiful cities as Bejing, Ulan-bator, Irkutsk, Moscow and St.Petersburg. And the nature of Siberia is completely astonishing! I did it thanks to...

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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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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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  • 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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Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Personal Observations

    Having a lot of water means also having a lot of musquitos. We noticed this during the night. We slept very badly because of these small flying animals. Then after talking to the recptionist of our hotel we found out they had something to plug in against musquitos hidden in a closet.

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  • Street Crime

    Hi, last update on the city. I walked around during the day and night alone. I must say I haven't seen any crime or was a part of it. The city felt very safe. Even more than a lot of EU cities. I talked to many Russians and they said that in the last 6-8 years a lot have changed in the city. My observation is. A middle class people are strongly...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Taxis

    I had read that taxis will try to rip you off - I was ready for it and it still happened!! We had caught the free shuttle from the ferry to St Isaac's and found a taxi immediately. I had a map showing our hotel and the address in Russian. The driver spoke a little English and I asked the cost, he said no problem, meter. Once we got into the taxi he...

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Saint Petersburg What to Pack

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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Saint Petersburg Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Personal Observations

    Having spent a very pleasant, and educational, few hours exploring the Peter and Paul Fortress it was definitely "that time of day". The sun was out and this little outdoor cafe on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island looked like an ideal spot to sit band enjoy it. My request for a "Pivo pajalusta" was easily interpreted and the friendly guy serving...

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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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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Saint Isaac's Cathedral is a beautiful and impressive building in the heart of Saint Petersburg. Saint Isaac's was originally the city's main church. It was constructed between 1818 and 1858,by French architect Auguste Montferrand. Under the Soviet government, the building's interior was stripped of all religious images. It was like this when we...

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