Category: Top sights

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Ballet in St Petersburg

Of course, many visitors of  St Petersburg want to see a ballet. But what theater to choose? I strongly recommend only two places for ballet in St Petersburg: Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky theaters. Mariinsky is the most famous ballet theater in St Petersburg. Its main building was open to the public in 1860 and the interior looks just amazing. In 2013 The New Stage was built nearby, and even though the…

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Catherine palace in St Petersburg

The Catherine palace near St Petersburg is one of the most visited attractions . This former summer residence of tsars is famous for stunning baroque-style interiors, opulent Amber room and a nice park. The Catherine  palace is situated in a suburb called Pushkin (but the historical name of the place is Tsarskoe Selo that means “the Village of tsars”).  The town is located about 30 km from St Petersburg, so…

The Hermitage museum in St Petersburg

In my opinion, the Hermitage museum is a must-do even for those who don’t really like art. It’s much more than a typical art gallery: it has amazing interiors filled with world-class paintings and sculptures. Even if you won’t be interested in art, you will like the decoration of the rooms. The Hermitage is the largest art museum in Russia, its collection counts more than 3 million items and only…

Hermitage treasuries: Gold and Diamond rooms

The Hermitage museum has two treasuries – they are usually nicknamed the Gold and the Diamond room. Each of them require special tickets that can be bought either at the ticket office (just a very limited number of them is available) or on the website of the museum . The treasuries can be visited only with a tour that usually lasts 1-1,5 hours (for each treasury). If you want to…

Museum of railway transport in Saint-Petersburg

In October 2017 the new Museum of Railway Transport was opened in St Petersburg, Russia. It's the largest museum of this kind in Europe that occupies more than 50000 m2 and exhibits 115 trains,  steam locomotives and coaches from the beginning of the XX century to our days. The museum became very popular from the very beginning - very often there is a line to the ticket office. Museum of…

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

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…