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May - Aug

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About St Petersburg Tourism

Saint Petersburg is a magical city, with a history that defines its existence to the very core. Located on the coast of Baltic Sea, iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue, the Mariinsky Theatre, and beautiful canals drive the majority of tourism in St Petersburg. Threaded with canals and dotted with the historic reminiscence of the Romanovs, the unparalleled grandeur and an unbeatable spirit of St Petersburg, Russia makes it one of the best cities to visit in the country.

History of St Petersburg

The second-largest city of Russia after capital Moscow was once the capital of Imperial Russia in the 18th century, shortly after its foundation was laid by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. As Leningrad, the city underwent one of the most significant sieges of history. The Siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany and their allies went on for almost 900 days. Recently it came under much limelight as well, St Petersburg stadium being one of the venues of FIFA World Cup 2018.

Famous Food in St Petersburg

Russians love to binge on calorie-rich dishes and wash it down with hearty portions of desserts. Beef Stroganoff, originated in the 19th century, primarily made of beef pieces and sour cream sauce with vegetables. Savoury pancakes , Borscht, Pirozhki, and Shchi are other popular dishes to try in the city. Local wine and Russian Vodka remain favourite choice to wet your whistle.

Major Festivals in St Petersburg

White Nights Festival is an annual celebration of art and crafts. People in Saint Petersburg celebrates events and festivities in a grand and vibrant way and rejoice merrily during the celebration. They celebrate the Great Battle of Waterloo festival wherein the whole scene is re-enacted at the very same place where the actual battle had taken place.

Museums in St Petersburg

Staying true to its heritage, the city of St Petersburg offers some of the best museums to explore. The Hermitage Museum is the greatest of them all, standing along the Neva River. To know the history of perhaps the biggest and most tragic event of the city, visit the Museum of Defence and Siege of Leningrad. Those interested in Russian literature must visit the Dostoevsky Museum, and for art lovers, the State Russian Museum awaits with more than 400,000 art collections of the medieval times.

Cathedrals and churches of St Petersburg

Medieval and contemporary cathedrals make up a huge part of St Petersburg tour. The striking Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood is a feast for the eyes, while St Isaac’s Cathedral is a reward for the artistic mind. Kazan, Nikolsky, Trinity and St Peter and Paul’s are important additions to St Petersburg tourism.

1. The Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum is the crown jewel of the city’s tourism. This St Petersburg museum is the world’s second-largest collection of art and antiquity, initially founded on the basis of Empress Catherine’s personal art collection back in 1764. Within the museum complex, the restored Winter Palace is the most distinct architecture, being the residence of the Tsars till 1917.

2. Mariinsky Theatre

The St Petersburg counterpart of Moscow’s Bolshoi, the Mariinsky Theatre is unmatched in its cultural importance. Over the years it has been the stage of multiple plays, opera, and ballet masterpieces. From 1860 to this date, this theatre has been the cradle of culture in St Petersburg.

3. Peterhof Palace

Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the great Peterhof Palace built by Peter the Great was the summer residence of the Romanovs for centuries. The baroque architecture, complete with a gilded exterior and the beautiful garden makes this a chief attraction of St Petersburg tourism.

4. St Isaac’s Cathedral and Colonnade

In a fairly low-rising St Petersburg, the golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline. The interior of this grand European Empire-style architecture is as grand as its exterior. Precious stones from all around Russia were brought together to set up the insides. The cathedral holds no masses anymore, so it is open as a museum for the public to cherish the marble and lapis lazuli. To catch a glimpse of the entire archaic city, climb the 300-something steps to get to the colonnade.

5. The Church of the Saviour on Blood

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, also known as the Church of Resurrection, looks like a palace straight out of a fantasy book. Located by the Griboyedov canal, the church gets its name from the fact that Tsar Alexander II was assassinated right in the same spot. The insides are as exuberant as the outside, covered in bright mosaics and displaying a vivid collection.


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How to Go to St Petersburg

Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers

By Air

There are no direct flights to St Petersburg, Russia from India. However, there are multiple connecting flights which are just as easy and convenient. As mentioned before, many tourists prefer to visit Moscow first. There are direct flights to Moscow from the Indian capital Delhi which operates twice every day of the week. Flown by Russia’s own Aeroflot, this air service provides the best flight duration – 6 hours 25 minutes. There are numerous flights every day from Moscow to St Petersburg and the time taken is only 1.5 hours. The next best option is the 8 hours 35 minutes flight from Delhi via Ashgabat by Turkmenistan Airlines. Emirates have flights via Dubai as well, and so do Qatar, Lufthansa and Swiss Air via Doha, Frankfurt, and Zurich.

By Train

It is not possible to go from India to St. Petersburg by train. But one can go from Moscow certainly. Reaching Moscow is easier than reaching St Petersburg, and from the capital city, there are multiple trains to take you to your destination. From Leningrad station in Moscow to Moskovsky station in St Petersburg runs the Sapsan train, which is the fastest and smoothest train journey one can imagine. It takes you to your destination in under four hours. If you want it to be a luxury trip, Grand Express and Red Arrow are there at your disposal.

By Road

Going to St Petersburg from India by roadway would be like taking the road less traveled. Unless people have an expedition to make, in which the road trip in itself is the objective, going by land makes no sense. There are geographically possible roads via Iran or Kazakhstan, and also via the Trans-Siberian Highway. But to implement them practically takes a lot of effort and political permissions.

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    FAQ's of St Petersburg

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    St Petersburg winters are cold and freezing throughout. January is the coldest month with an average minimum temperature of -11°C.

    There are frequent flights of 1.5 hours duration between the cities. However, the train is often the more preferred mode. Sapsan train is a comfortable and convenient one, while Grand Express or Red Arrow is there if you want luxury trains.

    From mid-June to July, St Petersburg experiences nights with a strange white light lingering long after the sun sets, which gave birth to the moniker White Nights. The last ten days of June is celebrated as the White Nights Festival, with lots of dance, music, theatre, and opera.

    St Petersburg used to be the royal capital during the Tsar regime. Later during World War II, the city was under a 900-day blockade, famously known as the Siege of Leningrad.

    The summer months are the ideal ones to visit St Petersburg. From May to August, the temperature stays comfortable and warm enough.

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