St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and one of the world's major cities. It has more to offer than just the Hermitage Museum and the Kirov Ballet. It is one of the biggest cultural centres in the world, a city with an exceptionally rich history, centuries-old traditions and a promising future.
Population: more than 6 million.
Area: approximately 600 sq km.
Almost all basic trends in world and Russian architecture of the 18th-20th centuries are found in St Petersburg. The city has played a vital role in both Russian and European history. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for two centuries.
St. Petersburg has been named the best tourist destination in Europe by the prestigious World Travel Awards Europe.
The key factors in the city's success were century-old traditions, a rich history and its great tourist potential.
Today, St Petersburg is ranked alongside Paris and Rome as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
This is a great city for sightseeing, with an abundance of art-filled galleries and brilliant architecture to explore.
For more information about St. Petersburg and its surroundings please visit the town's web site in English at www.visitrussia.org.uk
The quickest and the safest way to get from Moscow to St. Petersburg is a high-speed electric trainknown as “Sapsan”. The trains were produced by Siemens Transportation Systems and their maximum speed is 250 km/h (155 mph). It takes about 4 hours to get from one city to another one.
The train offers several classes: Premium 1st class, Superior 1st class, Regular 1st class and 2nd class. There is a bistro on board.The price depends on a kind of carriage, the date of sale of the ticket and percentage of occupied seats on the train.
The best way to buy ticket to “Sapsan” is by on-line. All information and the timetable you can here https://www.russianrail.com/moscow-to-st-petersbur...
The State Hermitage
by Catherine the Great in 1764, the State Hermitage houses nearly three
million pieces of art in several buildings across St. Petersburg. The
main museum complex on Palace Square consists of 365 rooms in the Winter
Palace, plus the Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, all
constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries. If you can, splurge on a
visit to one of the Treasury Gallery rooms – the Gold and Diamond Rooms
contain an impressive collection of gold and silver dating back to the
2nd century B.C. and can be visited only by guided tour.
All information you can find on website https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/