Places to Visit in Saint Petersburg & Top Tourist Places

Tourist Places in Saint Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, Mariinsky Theatre, Tsarskoye Selo, Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Square and more.

With its array of museums, palaces and Cathedral, one can never run out of places to visit in St. Petersburg. Teeming with a vibrant culture and past that has left an indelible imprint on the city, St. Petersburg offers some of the best historical attractions in the world.

One of the best ways to explore the war-ridden past of St. Petersburg is to take a tour of the various palaces here. From the stunning Baroque interiors of the Peterhof residences to the Winter Palace by the Neva, these magnificent buildings promise to take your breath away. Some of the other amazing tourist places in St. Petersburg includes the host of museums in the city, such as the State Hermitage Museum, or the Russian Museum.

A wide variety of offbeat attractions in the city offer a bountiful and interesting sightseeing experience. Some of the most unique places to see in St. Petersburg include the statue of the Bronze Horseman, the war Cruiser Arora, and the ancient Citadel of Peter and Paul.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Saint Petersburg:

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People Also Ask About Saint Petersburg

  1. Which are the best places to stay in St Petersburg?

    1. Belmond Grand Hotel, Europe: Established in 1830, this luxury hotel is one of Russia's best stay experiences. No two rooms at the heritage establishment are designed in the same way, although each one is extensively spacious and well-equipped.

    2. Hotel Indigo: Offering tastefully decorated rooms, this traditional hotel in St. Petersburg offers an offbeat lodging in the heart of the city. Apart from its spacious living quarters the hotel also features a shared living space, a library and a sauna room.

    3. Baby Lemonade Hotel: An ideal lodging for holidaying students, this vibrant hostel offers two spacious dorm rooms adorned with 1960's pop art. The hostel also features two separate private rooms with attached rooftops.

    4. Friends by the House of Books: With its quirky and well decorated interiors, Friends offers two large dormitories as well as private rooms for stay.
  2. What to see in St Petersburg in 2 days?

    1. The Winter Palace: Dating back to the Tsarist Eras, The Winter Palace formerly served as a royal residence for the rulers of Russia. The Baroque style Palace now serves as a Museum, housing an impressive collection of artworks.

    2. Nevsky Prospekt: If you're planning a two day trip to St. Petersburg, then Nevsky Prospekt should definitely be on your list. One of Russia's most high-end streets, Nevsky Prospekt is widely regarded as the best shopping destination in St. Petersburg.

    Most of the ancient buildings on the street date back to the early 20th century. Major tourist attractions on Nevsky Prospekt include the magnificent Singer Building, the Kazan Cathedral and the 18th century shopping arcade Gostiny Dvor.

    3. Anichkov Bridge: Suspended across the River Fontanka, Anichkov Bridge is one of the major architectural highlights of St. Petersburg. Built in the early 19th century, the Bridge is best known for the two statues of Horse Tamers that flank each end.

    4. Vasilyevsky Island: Located just across the river from the Winter Palace, this small island is home to some of the biggest tourist places in St. Petersburg, such as the Baroque Menshikov Palace the Museum of Electrical Transport and the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography.
  3. What is there to do in St Petersburg for free?

    1. Take a stroll along the Kissing Bridge: One of the most  visited spots in St. Petersburg among couples, it is said that lovers who kiss on this bridge will have a happy life together. Suspended across the Moika River, the bridge offers some of the most beautiful views of St. Isaac's Cathedral as well.

    2. Visit  the Alexander Nevsky Monastery: Named after the Patron Saint of St. Petersburg, the Monastery is known for its intricate artisanal work and mosaic paintings.

    3. Explore the Sigmund Freud Museum of Dreams: One of the best free places to see in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Dreams offers conceptual exhibitions based on thoughts and abstractions, instead of artefacts.

    4. Browse through books at Dom Nigi: Bookworms travelling to St. Petersburg should not miss out on a visit to Dom Nigi, the city's oldest bookstore. The historic store let's readers lounge here as long as required, going cover to cover through Russian and English titles.
  4. Which are the best places to eat in St Petersburg?

    1. Palkin Restaurant: The first ever eatery in St. Petersburg serving authentic Russian cuisine, Palkin is the oldest and one of the most luxurious restaurants in the city.

    2. Chekhov Restaurant: With its delightful 19th century styled interiors, this themed restaurant in St. Petersburg serves delectable traditional wares.

    3. L'Europe Restaurant: The oldest serving restaurant in St. Petersburg, L'Europe serves one of the best classic culinary experiences in Russia. Featuring an Art nouveau interior, the restaurant is best known for its breakfast buffet, which is recognized to be one of the best in the world.

    4. Ukrop Restaurant: One of the top Russian diners for vegan and vegetarian meals, this scenic restaurant offers traditional Russian delights with a fun twist.
  5. What is famous in St Petersburg?

    St. Petersburg is best known for its grandiose palaces, which stand testament to the Tsarist past of Russia. Popular places to visit in St. Petersburg include the Catherine Palace, Alexander Palace, and Summer and Winter Palace of Peter the Great.
  6. How many days do you need in St Petersburg?

    You need about 4-7 days to properly explore the old streets, palaces and other major attractions in St. Petersburg in a hassle-free manner.
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