Saint Petersburg    

Saint Petersburg city break guide

Why go?

St. Petersburg was founded by the first Russian Emperor Peter I in 1703 and became its capital for almost 2 centuries. Now Saint Petersburg is a city of federal importance of Russia, its historic and cultural center.
It is located in the north-west of Russia, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, at the mouth of the Neva River. St. Petersburg is an important economic, tourist and scientific center of the country, a large transport hub.

Where go?
Stroll down the city center with its magnificent view. Palace Square with Winter Palace, where The Hermitage museum is situated. The Hermitage attracts art lovers from all over the world with a grate collection of masterpieces.
Nevsky Prospect is a central street where you can enjoy both nice walk and shopping.
Explore the phenomenon of white nights. During the period close to solstice, the sun is only 7 degrees below horizon, that’s why the sunset nearly coincides with the dawn and twilight continues all night long. White nights in St. Petersburg take place from June 11 till July 2.
Saint Petersburg is a cultural capital of Russia. It is a great choice for opera and ballet lovers, and there is always something for them to see, with a varied mixture of traditional and contemporary performances. The Mariinsky Theatre, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Komissarzhevsky Theatre and etc.

Know before you go!
Currency: Ruble
Telephone code: Saint Petersburg has telephone code – 812 (prefixed by 00 7 if dialing from abroad). Codes must be used and prefixed by an 8 - so 8-812 1234567, for example, then the number
Time difference: +3 hours (GMT)
Weather: Summer: around 18 °C (71 °F) winter: around −20 °C (-4 °F), very often rainy and windy