About St. Petersburg

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.

The world's most fascinating city is built on more than 45 islands, modelled in the French style by some of the world's greatest architects. The islands are connected by more than 342 bridges, of which 21 are raised at night. This gives the city its other name, «The Venice of the North». It is therefore little wonder that the city is also known as a «Museum in the Open Air». 

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

Sapsan

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

Founded 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/


Peterhof

Located 29 kilometers west of St. Petersburg, the imperial estate of Peterhof is one of the most popular day trips from the city. The Grand Palace is extravagant and lavish in its own right, but the real highlight of Peterhof is the Grand Cascade – a series of more than 140 fountains and canals cascading down a hill behind the Grand Palace. Beyond the Grand Cascade, the impeccably maintained grounds include acres of forests, gazebos, fountains and several smaller palaces.  You can easily spend an entire day exploring it all. https://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/


St. Isaac’s Cathedral

With a gold-plated dome that rises over 300 feet, St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world.
http://eng.cathedral.ru/


Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

Modeled after the unique St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, thisrainbow-colored church with onion domes is one of the most iconic sites in St. Petersburg.  Built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was killed in 1881, it features 7000 square meters of mosaics on the interior.
http://eng.cathedral.ru/


Nevsky Prospekt

Russia’s most famous boulevard, Nevsky Prospekt is also the heart of St. Petersburg. Stretching for 4 kilometers from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery to the Admiralty near the Neva River, it buzzes with energy day and night. A stroll along what was once the grandest boulevard in all of Europe will take you past some of the best that St. Petersburg has to offer. Don’t miss the Kazan Cathedral (modeled after St. Peter’s in Rome), Gostiny Dvor (one of the world’s first indoor shopping malls) or Dom Knigi, arguably the largest and best bookstore in the city.