St. Petersburg Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

St. Petersburg Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


St Petersburg lies around 400 miles to the
Northwest of Moscow.  Nestled on the Neva River, it spreads out from its banks and across a series of islands that lie within
the river delta. With a wealth of extravagant palaces, breathtaking cathedrals and magnificent gardens, St Petersburg is truly Russia’s Imperial
city. Its grandiose architecture and picturesque
canals were born from the glitering ambition of Peter the Great early in the 18th century, and progressively gilded by generations of
Russian royalty.  Over the centuries, this dynasty sought to
create a city to rival the greatest cities of Europe, and as you step onto the cobblestone streets
here, you’ll discover they succeeded. Most visitors start their adventures right in the heart of historic St Petersburg. Palace Square is dominated by the Alexander
Column and is home to the Winter Palace. This monumental palace is a legacy of Catherine
the Great and was designed to reflect the might and
power of Imperial Russia. Experience some of the country’s most extravagant
architecture by strolling along Nevsky Prospect, the city’s
main avenue. During St Petersburg’s construction, Peter the Great banned the use of stone elsewhere
in Russia so wealth and talent poured into the city. Visit the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled
Blood, with its extraordinary mosaics and Kazan Cathedral, another architectural gem. Further along the river is St Isaac’s cathedral, whose gold plated dome has been glittering
under Russia’s sun for more than 100 years. Climb to the top for superb views over the
city. St Petersburg was also important strategically
as it gave Russia a year-round gateway to the Baltic Sea. Admire the golden spire of the Admiralty building where more than 10,000 tradesmen toiled around
the clock to create Russia’s first warships. Just across the river is the Peter and Paul
Fortress, St Petersburg’s original citadel. The cathedral here is the oldest church in
the city and the final resting place of many Russian
Emperors and Empresses. The days of Imperial Russia may be over but the echoes of treachery and intrigue still
resonate in regal estates all over the city. Take a hydrofoil to the sumptuous Peterhof
Palace and Gardens complex which was created to rival the Palace of Versailles
in France. Stand before the shimmering waters of the
Great Cascade, a triumph of engineering with more than 60
fountains runing entirely without pumps. To the South East of the city is the Catherine
Palace, its roof gilded with more than 100 kilograms
of gold. Back in the heart of the city, visit the Summer
Palace and Gardens. Imagine the extravagant balls that were once
held here and see where Tsar Peter planned the graceful
canal system that spreads throughout the city’s many
islands. These elegant waterways, crossed by over 300
bridges, are the perfect compliment to the city’s
soaring spires. As the sun sets, take a canal cruise to discover
the romance of St Petersburg at night. Pass through a network of draw-bridges on a journey that shows the true scale of
Peter the Great’s vision. Romantic, opulent and spectacular, St Petersburg is a glittering testiment to
Russia’s royal history and a celebration of the power of one man’s
dream

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    john Shepard

    Yakutsk in siberia is most underrated city in the world, but is very interesting and beautiful city, for me third city of Russia, very nice.

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    jaba shekriladze

    this city is very pretty there are many pretty buildings and they are very old as it seems this city was rich because buildings are made of by gold i want to know how many fountains are in this city?

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    sanyarock45

    Тронут от комментариев иностранцев) люблю Питер
    Welcome to Russia, come to St. Petersburg, it is truly a fabulous city

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    S S

    Looking forward to visit! Already booked & hooked! Hope to see & experience this charming place. Cheers from India.

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    Abdullah Madani

    I salute president Putin who moves and returns back Russia to the ultimate summit of development and civilization

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    Marilor Bastille

    A BEAUTIFUL city With a Statue There… ARCHANGEL . ALL the HIGH OFFICES own this one. By Grant of Heaven. Do not tamper with any high office nor Their holders ever again.

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    slafito44 x

    Beautiful and selected images. Without denying that the city is beautiful, there are many areas in St. Petersburg that don't look as caring and beautiful as the ones in this video.

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    thomas sferopoulos

    I will never forget our visit to this unique and wonderful city, from Thessaloniki Greece our love to all Russia.

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    annu israni

    Yes v. Beautiful, but no english language, and no veg food available at all, so difficult for indians, even in aeroplane from moscow to petersberg, no veg food is available in plane, so no choice for veges, and only beef burger was served in plane, refused by all indians beef

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    Sir Psycho Sexy

    Does anyone know how the evening admission works for St. Isaac's and the Colonnaded Walkway? It seems you can't buy evening tickets online as far as I can tell? Can someone please advise who's been recently?

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    Zheng Wei

    Greetings from Singapore! I'm blown away by the majesty and grandeur of Saint Petersburg! I actually think the music and video complements the striking colors of the cityscape, highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of it. What is the music used?

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    AnSonn xtv

    Once upon a time in the fairytale kingdom of St.Petersberg … I suppose the only way to describe this enchanting city . Simply sweeps you off your feet and leaves you breathless .Beg,borrow or steal …!

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    3.15.10.20

    In Russia, the cheapest internet. Buy a sim card and use it! ( best Megaphone (Мегафон), average MTS (МТС) ) usually a few months after you stop using the sim card is canceled .For navigation, use Google maps, 2gis-offline map, Yandex – the best search engine in Russia.

    In Russian St. Petersburg there are 2 main types of transport:

    1) state ( tram, trolleybus, bus, metro )

    2) commercial ( usually small buses with a Russian letter "K" in front of the route number, in Russian it means "КОММЕРЧЕСКИЙ" i.e. COMMERCIAL. For the first type it is best to use a single ticket for tram, trolley, bus, metro. it gives unlimited travel for ONE person. there are from 1 to 7 days. Travel for 7 days costs 680 rubles+reusable plastic card about 60 rubles. called PODOROZNIK it can be bought at any metro station at the cashier. In the subway you can pay the fare FOR ONE person. directly at the turnstile Bank card technology "Paypass". For the second type it is best to use small cash. the trip costs 40 rubles.
    Cheap taxi: Yandex taxi and Uber Russia.
    Come only in summer in June,July, August

    Thank u Google translate))

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    Mysterious Muffin

    I was studying the Russian Revolution and Civil War for my history, and coming here made the whole experience come alive. One of the most beautiful and charming cities I’ve ever been to.

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    Andrew Thornhill

    St Petersburg was awesome. Big and bold, wide and handsome. We stayed at the Pushka Inn and our room had a balcony overlooking the Moika Canal. What an introduction! Saw Peterhof (in the rain), the palaces of Tsarskoe Selo, the Peter and Paul Fortess and of course The Hermitage. Then there were the churches (St Isaacs especially), the art, the bridges and the food. Glorious!

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    โรงเรียนสอนเต้นพัทยา Rosinka Ballet

    Old Capital, is most true !
    Thanks for movie
    My born City!

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    Mithun Sharma

    I can say that St Petersburg Russia is the best city in the World, entire city is picturesque.
    One visit for 4-5 days is highly recommended…….
    Every building, palace, church ,parks, museum, avenues and Boulevard are breathtaking……..

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    DOCTOR GLITCH

    I’ve been to st petersburg and oh boy is it beautiful! It has one of the most beautiful canal systems in the world. It’s well connected to most parts of the city. It’s so picturesque that you would almost never have to find a good spot for pictures. The structures there are so European and opulent. Nevsky Prospekt is yet another wonderful street to just walk by. I loved my stay there. Wish to go back soon.

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