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St Petersburg Holidays 2020
A port city in Russia, St Petersburg overlooks the Baltic Sea and hosts a range of sights which reflect the magnificence and history that have been left behind. Known as Russia’s imperial capital, St Petersburg has become the nation’s cultural hub, home to all things opera, ballet and art. With a visit to the Mariinsky Theatre and the State Russian Museum, many of these cultural aspects are easily accessible.
This modern city boasts stunning palaces and wonderful cathedrals, making it a must-see city break destination. With plenty of history left behind in St Petersburg, it keeps its historic core running, almost frozen in time. To add to the sheer beauty of this city, graceful canals twist and turn throughout St Petersburg. Lined with Italian-like mansions and buildings, St Petersburg could almost be compared to Venice.
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Top city attractions
Winter Palace, Catherine Palace & Peter and Paul Fortress
Check out the State Hermitage Museum for art and culture or Saint Michael's Castle for even more art exhibitions
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Head down Nevsky Avenue, the city's most prominent street for sights and shopping
Palace Square is lined by many significant buildings and holds an important spot in Russia's history
Art & culture
Visit the Mariinsky Theatre for opera shows or even a spot of ballet
Popular with couples
Beautiful buildings, lovely park spaces and great eating spots make St Petersburg perfect for a romantic break
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Things to do in St Petersburg
Magical palaces and large museums encompass the city of St Petersburg. A truly enchanting destination, the city has some of the most picturesque pieces of architectures you’ll ever see. From churches and cathedrals to palaces and parks, there is plenty to explore and be entranced by.
- Peterhof Palace – This palace is located on the seafront, so you’ll appreciate the surrounding views as well as the palace itself. It’s known for its huge number of fountains in its park area.
- Peter and Paul Fortress – A fortress founded by Peter the Great, it includes a museum detailing the history of the city as well as a cathedral.
- Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – This Russian Orthodox cathedral includes a gold-plated dome and a fascinating interior.
- Palace Square – A large central square which includes the Alexander Column which boasts the victory over Napoleon’s armies.
- Summer Garden – A lovely green outdoor space which was designed by Czar Peter. Filled with blossoming plants and statues.
Best time to go to St Petersburg
The best time for a St Petersburg holiday would be between June and September. During the summer sometimes you might catch the city experiencing nearly 24 hours of daylight – which is truly fascinating. The summer time also provides visitors with cool temperatures, even though they are the warmest that the city has throughout the year. The late summer into early autumn period sees temperatures drop again. Winters in St Petersburg are extremely cold, so if travelling during this time, make sure to pack accordingly.
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