Holidays to St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a great city for anyone looking for something different this holiday season. As the second largest Russian city there’s a huge amount to do and see on a St Petersburg holiday. The city sits on the river Neva, so striking views are the norm from many of the impressive buildings.
Architecture in St Petersburg
All across St Petersburg you will find picturesque buildings built in the distinctive Russian style. The gold-draped and distinctively named “Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood” is an impressive sight. Its tall spires and onion domes make it well worth a visit. A trip to The Naval Cathedral of St Nicholas can be just as fun. The cathedral is impressive from the outside and in, boasting fine gardens and beautiful furnishing. The Great Palace was once a formal garden belonging to Peter the Great. Nowadays you can visit the building at its riverside location to take a tour or explore the grounds.
St Isaac’s cathedral is now open as a museum for those who wish to learn a little more about the city, and if you find yourself in St Petersburg at summertime, the Peterhof State Museum can be a great way to experience a real summer palace.
Natural St Petersburg
The Neva River has plenty of hidden gems for you to explore during your trip, either from the shore or on one of its many boat tours. A short journey over the water can take you to Yelagin Island, a chunk of land in the middle of the river with its own palace. Once on the island you can tour the grounds or the beautiful interior of the building itself.
Aleksandria Historical Park can provide you with some really great walks and interesting stories. The park itself has existed for four generations of the Romanov dynasty, and offers some great scenic views.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids then Planet Neptune Aquarium can be a fun day out. Russia’s deepest aquarium has a whole host of interesting underwater animals, as well as live shark shows that you can go along and enjoy.
Food and drink
The national drink is, of course, vodka so you will find it available almost everywhere during your trip to St Petersburg. The Russian Vodka Room No. 1 is a great place to learn more about the drink itself, with its own museum attached. Caviar is the other Russian stereotype you can expect to see all across the city, and one great spot to try some is the Grand Hotel Europe, with its own caviar bar and secret recipe.