Take a trip to glorious Saint Petersburg, where the grandeur and sparkle of Russian history cannot be matched. Colourful cathedrals and astounding art await you, and the echoes of the Romanov past are tangible. As the Venice of the north, the canals and hundreds of bridges in Saint Petersburg add to the classic beauty of the city. Take the opportunity to see this gem!
Saint Petersburg is buzzing with artistic and historic stops. See the infamous Church of the Resurrection of Christ (also known as the Church on the Spilled Blood). This iconic five domed church is embellished with the Russian orthodox mosaic style. The Russian Museum is an amazing collection of art, at the Mikhailovsky palace. You can buy a ticket that covers all four of the connected museums for three days! The gold-leaf-adorned Saint Isaac’s Cathedral has a lavish museum inside. Most visitors want to climb the 262 steps to the colonnade in the dome, where you can find amazing views. The Cathedral still holds services on holidays. See classic Russian ballet and opera at the Mariinsky Theater. Buy your tickets in advance if you plan to visit in the summer, as the impressive interior and height of Russian culture can get very popular.
There are a number of amazing Russian stops right outside of Saint Petersburg — perfect for day trips. Visit the palace and park of Peterhof, also known as the Russian Versailles. Peterhof is in the suburbs, just outside of Saint Petersburg. The drive takes about an hour, and the train takes 45 minutes. This landmark is best seen in summer when the buildings and fountains are all operational. Vyborg is a 13th century town on the Gulf of Finland, which has had arguable borders for centuries. With Finnish art nouveau buildings and cobblestones, the old town is two hours away from Saint Petersburg. Kronstadt is an island fortress 45 minutes away from Saint Petersburg. It was a former viking rest stop, and then a soviet naval base. Today, Kronstadt is the main seaport of St Petersburg, with a historic city centre and echoes of rebellion. There are bus and water tours to Kronstadt from Saint Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg is light well into the night in summer, and has dazzling snow in winter. To keep you warm, Tripping has thousands of hotels, rentals and houses to make your stay in Saint Petersburg comfortable. Tripping can help you find a fashionable, or even luxurious get away with old world charm, at a reasonable price!
Getting around Saint Petersburg is easy enough on foot when you’re in the city. The metro covers the city, and is extremely useful. Some of the metro stops are artworks in themselves! The public transportation is limited after midnight, in which case taxi’s can be your best bet. There is a tram and bus line above ground, but it’s less frequent than the metro. Saint Petersburg also has water taxis, or the ‘aquabus,’ to get you around the canals. To get to the palaces outside of the city, take the metro to the end of the line at Kupchino and take a bus to the palaces outside of the exit.
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