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A Sneak Peek Into The Most Popular City In Russia – St. Petersburg

By Mukti Solia on Apr 8, 2023
Themes:  Interesting Facts  | Category: Places To Visit | Country:  Russia

Saint Petersburg is a city rich in culture and history – a must-visit place if you are fond of Russian tourism. This charming city also renowned as the Venice of the North is on the Neva River. In the past, Saint Petersburg was the royal capital of Russia. Today, the city still displays its grandeur through museums, cathedrals, and palaces. The city is a classic mix of modern luxuries and old-world elegance. The stunning architecture, historical landmarks, and art galleries are evidence of its rich cultural heritage. You are certain to be captivated by its many wonders. For those planning Russia tour packages, you should definitely visit this magical city of Saint Petersburg in Russia.

History of Saint Petersburg

History of Saint Petersburg

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The fascinating and rich history of Saint Petersburg makes it the number one reason for being one of the most famous cities in Russia. In 1703 – Peter the Great built the city of St. Petersburg. It was formerly known as Leningrad, to be the new royal capital of the country.

In the eighteenth century, under the rule of Catherine the Great, the city developed into a hub of European arts and culture. Many of its cathedrals and palatial mansions were also built during this time. Throughout its history, the city is felicitated by many names. During the First World War in 1914, the city was known as Petrograd. It was renamed in 1924 as Leningrad to honor Lenin. In 1991, the city was again christened Saint Petersburg. The city plays a significant role in molding Russian society, culture, and politics over its lengthy history. It is evening in its historical sites, striking architecture, and luxurious palaces like St. Petersburg Palace. Exploring Saint Petersburg will give you a sneak peek into its fascinating history.

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How to Reach Saint Petersburg

The most convenient and common itinerary for Indian tourists is to reach Saint Petersburg via Moscow. Once you reach by air to Moscow city – the best way to commute to Saint Petersburg is by train. From Leningrad station, you can also opt for the fastest train – the Sapsan train. With this option, you can reach it in less than four hours.

Best Time to Visit Saint Petersburg

June till August is the best time to visit St. Petersburg. The weather in this city is unpredictable. In this city, locals frequently joke that you may experience all seasons in a single day. Thus you must be aware of the weather to have the best holiday. During the summer season – the weather of Saint Petersburg is temperate, with extended sunrises. Thus, now is the ideal moment to explore this magical city.

Places to visit in Saint Petersburg

With a rich and colorful history, you will find many tourist attractions in Saint Petersburg.

Nevsky Prospekt:

It is a busy stretch of road in the city center. There are restaurants, cafes, and stores lining the street.

Peterhof Palace

This grand palace is on the city outskirts and is renowned for its fountains and stunning gardens.

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

This church was erected near the site of Emperor Alexander II’s murder. You should definitely visit this ornate and colorful church for its striking design.

Hermitage Museum

One of the globally renowned and largest art museums – the Hermitage Museum displays an array of artifacts and collectibles from around the globe.

Saint Issac’s Cathedral

Saint Issac’s Cathedral is a beautiful example of Russian Baroque architecture featuring intricate mosaics and a towering dome.

Best museums and architectural monuments in St Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg is a historically rich city with plenty of wonders to explore. There are many museums and architectural monuments of Saint Petersburg of different sizes and shapes. While the unparalleled art collection of the State Hermitage Museum makes it the most famous museum in Saint Petersburg, there are many other museums to check out. To name a few are as below:

  • The State Russian Museum
  • The Fabergé Museum
  • The Catherine Palace
  • Grand Maket Russia
  • Erarta Museum

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Tips before visiting Saint Petersburg

  • Be aware of the pedestrian traffic on Nevsky Prospekt.
  • Learn some Russian phrases.
  • AVOID taking pictures of government structures.
  • Learn to read the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • Do visit the souvenir market and buy traditional Russian souvenirs.
  • Do try the local delicacies.
  • Plan your time to enjoy most attractions.


As a city immersed in grandeur and history, Saint Petersburg is a place that will leave an indelible mark on you. From its stunning architecture and world-renowned museums to its dynamic drink and food scene, the city presents the best glimpse into the rich heritage of Russia. Flamingo Transworld will plan your trip to Saint Petersburg to offer a memorable experience that will leave you wanting more.

FAQs Regarding Saint Petersburg

What is Saint Petersburg famous for?

Saint Petersburg is famous for its world-renowned museums, rich cultural heritage, and striking architecture. The city is famed for its stunning canals and waterways.

What is the best time of year to go to St. Petersburg?

The most ideal season to visit Saint Petersburg is from June to August – it’s the summer months. The weather is pleasant, and the city hosts various cultural festivals and events. However, being the best time of the year, it is the peak tourist season thus – be prepared for exorbitant prices and high footfall.

Is St. Petersburg expensive?

Compared to other Russian cities, Saint Petersburg is relatively expensive. You can save money by purchasing food at local markets, booking stay options in advance, and using public transport.

What are the top activities in St Petersburg?

A few of the top activities in Saint Petersburg are as below:

  • See the Eye-Catching Chihuly Glass Collection
  • Discover Fort De Soto Park beaches and history.
  • The Sunken Gardens Bring Nature to Life
  • Enjoy the sunshine at St. Pete Beach.
  • Run, jog, or ride a bike on the Pinellas Trail.
  • Try the Segway tour of Saint Petersburg
  • Visit the Village of John Pass and the Boardwalk.

About Author

Mukti Solia
Mukti Solia

Hi, This is Mukti Solia (Social Media Head-Flamingo Travels) I can say I am a lawyer turned travel curator. I completed my BBA in Finance and Marketing from HL college, Ahmedabad University. Later on, I moved to Mumbai to pursue Law. Currently, I work as Social Media Head at Flamingo group of companies as I believe that the Travel and tourism industry is no exception to digital transformation. Social media platforms give travel operators the chance to improve the customer experience.

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