An enormous and beautiful city, St. Petersburg houses many of Russia's most important treasures. Learn all about the country's culture at the Hermitage Museum and see where the tsars lived at the Winter Palace. You can also check out chic shopping districts or drink vodka and dance the night away on the south bank of the Neva River.
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There are plenty of world-famous monuments and districts in this alluring city, making it an excellent spot for a cultural trip.
1. Hermitage Museum
One of the most famous art galleries on the planet, this huge building also encompasses the Winter Palace. You can visit the royal chambers and marvel at an art collection from across Russia and beyond. Indeed, the Egyptian, Italian, French, and numerous other exhibits are magnificent.
2. Peterhof Palace
Seen from above, the astoundingly beautiful grounds of this splendid palace are perfectly lush and symmetrical. When you're in them, you can lose yourself among the mazes, patios, and gardens outside. Inside the Grand Palace, you'll find a gorgeous French-style, opulent interior.
3. Church of the Saviour on Blood
Built in the 1880s, this is one of Russia's most easily recognisable buildings. A series of towers is topped with the distinct Russian onion-shaped domes, painted in vivid colours.
4. Nevsky Prospect
This is St. Petersburg's best shopping street. It houses the magnificent Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor, a UNESCO-protected shopping centre with everything from designer labels to high street brands. This is a fantastic place to taste authentic Russian and international food, too.
5. Peter and Paul Fortress
A beautiful old fortress that's built on a small island on the river, it was founded by the legendary Peter the Great and tells the story of the city's origins. Its fascinating history bears the marks of the changing faces of Russia through the centuries.