Category: Top sights

St Petersburg cruise visa

Many of those who are coming to St Petersburg on a cruise wonder if they need a visa . Good news is that according to the law cruise ship passengers arriving in St Petersburg may stay in Russia visa-free for up to 72 hours if they  book  a shore excursion from a local company or a cruise ship and if they are leaving St Petersburg onboard a cruise ship as…

Top 10 St Petersburg tourist attractions

St Petersburg tourist attractions are very numerous and a first-time visitor may have problems where to go.  There are more than 200 museums in St Petersburg, but we have picked up the most popular and special ones.  You can find our list of the top 10 sights below. The Hermitage museum A #1 attraction in St Petersburg with more than 3 million items. The main complex of the Hermitage museum…

Faberge museum in St Petersburg

[caption id="attachment_1683" align="alignleft" width="300"] faberge museum st petersburg[/caption] Faberge museum is one of the  newest museums in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Faberge eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family, today it is the largest collection of that type in the world. Besides that, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by Faberge company or  by the contemporaries of Carl Faberge. 1682

Nicholas palace folk show

Folk show at the Nicholas palace is one of the oldest in St Petersburg. It's called "Feel yourself Russian". It’s  popular because it’s available almost all year round, but  during the “low” tourist season, mainly in winter, they may have it not every day, but only when they have enough requests. The folk show lasts a little bit less than 2 hours, and during that time you can not only…

The Siege of Leningrad museum

The Siege of Leningrad museum is dedicated to one of the most difficult periods of soviet history. Starting from September 8, 1941 the city was surrounded by the enemy for almost 900 days and although the exact number of victims is still unknown, according to different sources from 300 thousand to 1,5 million people died during that period. The majority of them starved to death. 1307

Metro in St Petersburg

How to use metro in St Petersburg Metro is the most popular means of public transport in St Petersburg as almost half of the citizens are using it daily. Currently we have 5 metro lines our city  that connect residential and central parts of the city. Although different stations have different opening and closing time, generally metro functions between 05:40 and 0:20-0:30. There are signs in English in metro, so…

Aurora cruiser in St Pertersburg

The  cruiser  Aurora is one of the symbols of the city. It is famous for a blank shot it fired as signal to storm the Winter palace where Provisional government sat, and it was a crucial event during the October revolution of 1917. Today the cruiser is  preserved as a museum and  you can easily come to see it as it is docked not far from Peter and Paul fortress…

The Menshikov palace in St Petersburg

The Menshikov palace which once belonged to the most loyal supporter of Peter the Great – Alexander Menshikov- is now a branch of the State Hermitage museum. Menshikov palace  is situated on Universitetskaya embankment 15 in the very center of the city and is recommended for a visit to those who are interested in the history of Russia. Alexander Menshikov was a man of low origin, as people say, as…

Eliseevsky store

Eliseevsky store situated right on the Nevsky prospekt is definately  the most beautiful grocery store you have ever seen. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century in art deco style for wealthy merchants, Eliseev brothers. The  amazing interiors of Eliseevsky  have recently been restored and now you can marvel at their beauty. Originally Eliseevsky store specialized in colonial produce, today the range of goods changed but you still…

The Russian Museum

The Russian Museum, opened in 1898, was the first state museum devoted to Russian fine art.  Today the collection totals about 350000 items (mainly icons, paintings and sculptures). The main building of the Russian Museum is the Michailovsky palace situated on the  Arts Square.  It is the first place you should consider visiting if you are interested in Russian art: its exhibits allow you to trace the history of development…