Saint Petersburg is Russia's cultural capital, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one that you cannot fail to fall in love with. The Hermitage, the Russian Museum, Saint Isaac's and Kazan cathedrals, the Church of the Savior on Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospect and the Summer Garden are some of the attractions that need no introduction. But Saint Petersburg also has attractions outside the city: Tsarskoye Selo in Pushkin, Pavlovsk and, of course, magnificent Petergof. Visitors come from all over the world to see this unusual city during the white nights, to visit the royal palaces and parks, the fairytale fountains and movable bridges.
The city is often called Venice of the North. In terms of water flowing through the city, Saint Petersburg has more rivers and canals than most places in the world. The Neva River is the largest among the hundreds of rivers, canals and streams. The Moyka, Fontanka, Nevka and other rivers divide the city into big and small islands connected by bridges.
Saint Petersburg has more than 300 bridges. Thirteen of them are movable bridges. The sparkling lights on Saint Petersburg's bridges are an unforgettable sight. All the canals and rivers organically blend into the city plan which was developed in 1712. Take a boat trip along Saint Petersburg's rivers and canals for an unforgettable experience.
The White Nights are another highlight of this magical city attracting vast numbers of tourists. They begin at the end of May and last until the middle of July. For more than 50 days a year, the evening dusk blends into the morning dawn.
Nevsky Prospect is the most famous shopping area in Saint Petersburg. Here you can find Gostiny Dvor and Passage, as well as one of the most famous intellectual and cultural centers in the city, the Dom Knigi bookshop.
Saint Petersburg has more than 200 museums which are some of the most interesting and varied in the world.
The city's unique symbols are gryphons, lions and sphinxes. Four of them sit on the University Embankment and are considered to be lucky symbols for the city's residents and guests.
You can see the cruiser Aurora on Petrogradskaya embankment.
The city has three major tourist districts: the historical center, Petrogradskaya Side and Vasilyevsky Island. In Petrogradskaya Side, you can find the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Vladimir's Cathedral, a zoo and the Artillery museum.
The Rostral columns are one of the city's most famous symbols; they are 32 meters high and long ago were used by ships as beacons. You can find them on Vasilyevsky Island. Here you can also see the Stock Exchange, the Kunstkamera, Menshikov Palace and the university.
Petergof is the most popular place to visit outside Saint Petersburg and is more famously known as Petrodvorets. This Russian Versailles with its palaces, parks and fountains will stay in your memory forever. Visitors to Saint Petersburg can enjoy the city's theatres. The world-famous Mariinsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, etc.
Saint Petersburg is beautiful at any time of year and in any weather. Visitors come from all over the world to see this unusual city during the white nights, to visit the royal palaces and parks, the fairytale fountains and movable bridges. A city praised by poets and artists.