St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the country of Russia. Within this iconic city, there certainly is no shortage of things to do and see. Full of rich history, beautiful architecture, luscious gardens, Russian art, and stunning views overlooking the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg should make it on everyone's bucket list.
This destination is a great match for all types of travelers. Couples looking for a cultural experience. Multi-generational families wanting to appeal to a variety of travel styles, and those who want to explore the vast, rich history of Russia and all the truths, secrets and treasures that it holds.
Before we jump into the list of top adventures to see and do in the city, let's discuss some of the popular ways that you can visit St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sitting at the edge of the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg is a top port on many Baltic Sea cruise itineraries. Many cruise lines sail here, including Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Holland America, Azamara, Celebrity, and others. It's a great way to see much of the region, while only unpacking once.
An alternate option is by river cruise. Most sailings start in Moscow and end in St. Petersburg, giving you more time in each of the destinations vs. having a one day port of an ocean cruise. Cruise lines such as Viking River Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises, Emerald and Waterways.
Lastly, you can always join an escorted land tour, anywhere from 4 days in length up to 24 days visiting Russia and other countries along the Baltic Sea.
There are many different ways you can choose to visit this amazing country, full of history, culture and more! It's absolutely worth a visit.
Now... Let's take a look at ten unforgettable adventures in the city of St. Petersburg… If you prioritize these in order of your interest, it will help you see more and make the most of your time in this city.
As one of the oldest museums in the world, you must visit the Hermitage Museum. Situated in the Winter Palace of Empress Catherine, this museum contains more than 1,500 breathtaking rooms. Wandering around, you will see the works of some of the most magnificent artists of all time, including Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Thomas Couture, and more.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
This is the site where Alexander II of Russia was assassinated on March 13, 1881. It is one of St. Petersburg’s most quintessential places to visit. With unbelievable multi-colored mosaics and a vibrantly colored, palace-like design, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this beautiful museum.
Constructed by Tsar Peter, this palace was an attempt to exceed the Palace of Versailles created by Louis XIV of France. Outside of the Peterhof Palace, you will get to walk through alluring water gardens filled with luscious greenery and gold statues. Inside the palace, you will find gold detailing, chandeliers, and sightly artworks.
Peter and Paul Fortress
Playing a significant role in the Russian revolution and being the very spot that St. Petersburg was founded, make sure you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Take a tour of the fortress for some incredible views of the Winter Palace and River Neva.
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral
This sanctuary is the most prominent orthodox basilica on the planet. This cathedral no longer serves solely as a place of worship but rather a museum. Visit the top of the temple for some of the most magnificent views of St. Petersburg.
The ballets and operas put on in Russia are some of the most notable. If you can manage the time, purchase tickets to a show while you’re in St. Petersburg.
Take a Canal Tour
There are many canals and around 800 bridges throughout the city. At one point, these waterways were the main form of transportation. Nowadays, the canals are famous tourist attractions.
Right outside of St. Petersburg is the Catherine Palace in Pushkin. While you are there, visit the Amber room and take a stroll through the gardens.
Opened in 2013, this newer museum holds beautiful, exciting works of art. Check out the Imperial Easter Eggs and other jeweled art pieces. This museum holds old and new artifacts for all to behold.
Over 2.5 miles long, the Nevsky Prospect serves as a royal pathway and the main street in St. Petersburg. This is where you will get to enjoy the best restaurants, palaces, boutiques, shops, hotels, and more. Much of the architecture on this street is very distinguished.
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What do you think? Any of these on your top "must-see" list. This list is a great start to prepare you for your visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. Whether you sail by ocean, river or arrive by land, this is an amazing city worth spending a few day exploring.