Saint Petersburg or Saint P is the undiscovered gem of Eurasia, encompassing rich historical sites; this second largest Russian city boasts grandeur of utmost elegance; from culture, shopping, food and the incredible people. Below are some picturesque places you need to visit in St Petersburg, Russia that I came to discover since I lived there for a year.
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The second largest museum in the world is home to the famous Leonardo da Vinci – Madonna and Child painting.
Travel Tip: With an extraordinary amount of square meters to cover, begin your exploration of the arts early and mark the important pieces you would definitely like to see first on the museum map.
Standing at 101.5 meters high, this cathedral is the ultimate place to discover Saint Petersburg’s breathtaking skyline at the rooftop, but prepare to climb 300 stairs.
Travel Tip: The Astoria Café is a beautiful coffee stop after your tour, which overlooks the building.
Saint Petersburg’s most popular site has an impressive collection of art adorned throughout the church.
Visiting the Peterhof Palace requires you to embark on a getaway of Russian culture in the Baltic Sea. Schedule a full day for this exceptional tour.
Travel Tip: Schedule a full day for this exceptional tour, book your boat trip from the city in the morning. Granted it is one of the popular tourist attractions in St Petersburg.
My husband and I thought that the rides at the Krestovsky Theme Park were on steroids to the ones in South Africa, so we just opted to ride on the carousal, which provided a beautiful view of the elegant island.
Travel Tip: Be prepared to queue for long amounts of time, if you plan a full day of rides, go early.
Krestovsky Park of the Forest
I lived in Krestovsky Island and loved walking throughout this park, with many activities, eating places and beautiful areas to relax, picnic and just enjoy nature – it’s a must add to your list of places to visit in St Petersburg.
Travel Tip: The forest is encompassed around a 10km circle, wear comfortable shoes and pack a picnic basket. Have cash for entrance payment.
Without doubt Russia impresses the world over with the best ballet dancers and surely enough I was elated by the extraordinary performance of the classic Swan Lake. Your Russia travels aren’t complete without a night at the ballet.
Travel Tip: Book your ballet tickets when you book your holiday – in advance.
The trendy street of Saint Petersburg is filled with culture, shopping, good food, interesting finds and the authentic Russian experience and is the popular street for sightseeing St Petersburg.
Travel Tip: Walk the full length of Nevsky Prospect – it leads to abundant interesting finds.
This urban shopping mall houses an unlimited array of shops from high end to budget friendly and furthermore all stores are up to date with the latest trends.
The ultimate gardens in the city for the most beautiful pictures during summer and spring.
Travel Tip: The gardens are closed during winter and the fountains also don’t run until it’s warmer. Have cash for entrance payment.
These are a few of the many activities to do in Saint Petersburg, but this metropolis city is a definite to any travel bucket list and as a tourist you will be eloquently thrilled, wowed and occupied.
I had a bit of nostalgia writing this blog, and would defiantly visit Saint Petersburg again one day.
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