Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. History seeps from every wall and the colours, scale and grandeur of the buildings seem almost too much to take in. According to the UNESCO, Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful and architecturally sophisticated cities. Peter the Great’s "window on Europe," which saw the revolution that changed the world, is regaining its imperial splendour. At its historic heart are grand palaces, amazing museums and spectacular churches. Music, art and literature are in its soul - and partying is a way of life.

Facts

Population

5 million

Currency

Russian ruble (RBL) 1 ruble = 100 kopeks

Opening hours

Shops usually are open from 10 am till 9 or 10 pm. Many of the shops are open on Sundays. There are many shops and supermarkets opened 24hr. Banks open hours usually 10.00-18.00, Monday-Friday.

Newspapers

Pravda, Izvestia Vyedomosti Vesti St Petersburg Times Neva News Pulse Spb Dnevnik Smena

Tourist information

City Tourist Information Bureau Offices: 14/52, Sadovaya street Tel: +7 812 310 2822 service@ispb.info Metro Gostiny Dvor Opening hours: weekdays 10.00-19.00; Saturdays 12.00-18.00. 37, Sadovaya street. Weekdays 9.00-19.00 Tel: +7 812 570-76-25 Metro Sennaya Opening hours: weekdays 10.00-19.00; Saturdays 12.00-18.00 Information pavilions: - Pulkovo 1 Airport (daily 10.00-19.00) - Pulkovo 2 Airport (daily 10.00-19.00) - Palace Square (daily 10.00-19.00) - St.Isaac's Square (daily 10.00-19.00) - Aleksandrovsky Park (daily 10.00-19.00) - Vosstaniya Square (daily 10.00-19.00) - Rastrelli Square (weekdays 8.30-16.00) - Marine Facade (Seaport) (daily 10.00-19.00)

Travel to Saint Petersburg

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Top 5 Things To Do in St. Petersburg

  • Be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the Winter Palace and the unmatched art collection of the Hermitage originally acquired by Catherine The Great
  • Relive the past as you walk through the gates of Peter and Paul’s Fortress located on a tiny island and once the prison for Peter the Great’s son
  • Spend a day cross country skiing in the wonderful countryside and retreat to a soothing sauna at the end of the day
  • Spend some alone time walking hand in hand with the one you love through the Summer Garden
  • Witness the intimidating construction of the Engineer’s Castle, a former home of Russian nobility

Plan Your St. Petersburg Holiday

St. Petersburg is lined with majestic and stunning buildings dating back to the 1700s and you will feel transported back to a time of Tsars and Tsarinas. The city is a museum itself in many ways but that hasn’t stopped the emergence of over 100 world class museums including the famous Hermitage and the State Russian Museum. It also boasts several beautiful and historic theatres including the Alexandrinsky National Drama Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre.

The best time to witness the real beauty of this city is during the summer months from May until August and the peak tourist time is during July and August. It is suggested that you buy your tickets to St. Petersburg as early as possible if travelling at this time. Cheap hotels in St. Petersburg can be found easier in the winter months. Flight deals to St. Petersburg can easily be found with Etihad Airway’s fantastic deals year round.

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