St. Petersburg

Sights and sounds of St. Petersburg

  • Nevskiy Prospekt
  • The Hermitage
  • The State Russian Museum
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • The Yusupov Palace
  • Dostoyevsky Literary and Memorial Museum
  • Cruise on the River Neva
  • Peterhof
  • Cosy cellar restaurants
  • Gostinyy Dvor Department Store
  • Mariinsky Theatre
  • Kuznechnyy rural market

A trip to St. Petersburg is well worth it just to see the Hermitage founded by Catherine the Great within the Winter Palace or Peterhof, modelled on the Palace of Versailles, built by Peter the Great.

A recommendable way of city sight-seeing is to book a taxi at the hotel and then make a tour from one sight to another. Please check the price in advance.

It is quite an experience to take a promenade along the main street Nevskiy Prospekt among the lively crowd. The street begins at the Amiralitet and ends at the Aleksandr Nevskiy Monastery.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage founded by Catherine the Great within the Winter Palace houses a collection of about three million objects of art and archaeological exhibits. The open hours are from 10.30 to 17.00 and to 16.00 on Sundays. Address: Dvortsovaya Nab. 34. Metro station: Nevskiy Prospekt.

The State Russian Museum

The collections of the Museum, totalling 400 000 works of art, range among the finest in the world. The Museum is open from 10.00 to 17.00, Mondays from 10.00 to 16.00, and closed on Tuesdays. Address: Inzhenerskaya Ulitsa 2. Metro station: Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt.

St. Isaac's Cathedral

It is a magnificent huge cathedral with e.g., hundreds of works of art from the XVIII century. Open daily from 11.00 to 18.00, closed on Wednesdays. Address: Isaakiyevskaya Pl. Metro station: Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt.

The Yusupov Palace

It is in this Palace that Yusupov murdered Rasputin. The cellar of the Palace houses a museum that tells the story of Rasputin. Open daily from 12.00 to 16.00. Address: Reki Moika Nab. 94.


Peterhof is a treasure of Russian art. The Summer Palace with its parks is a unique historical and architectural monument. Peterhof is located 29 km south of St. Petersburg. It is accessible by hydrofoil or bus, and it is open for the public from May until September from 11.00 to 18.00 and closed on Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month.

Among the museums close by St. Isaac's Cathedral, there are the Vodka Museum, address Konnogvardeyskiy Bulvar, and Kunstkamera with e.g., over 2000 peculiar freak objects of nature, address Universitetskaya Nab. 3. Metro station: Vasilyeostrovskaya.

In addition to the rich cultural offer in St. Petersburg, shopping is a must as well a relaxing cruise on the river Neva. Then you will surely appreciate a delicious meal or refreshments in a cellar restaurant.

Tips for attractive restaurants


Russian cuisine in an ambience of Russian and gypsy music. Address: 14 Nab. Reki Fontanki.


It is an Art Nouveau style luxurious gourmet restaurant with both a European and a Russian kitchen. Address: Grand Hotel Europe, 1/7 Mikhaylovskaya Ulitsa.

In St. Petersburg there are restaurants, cafés, hamburger restaurants, night clubs, Japanese tea rooms, etc. to suit every taste. In addition to Russian and European cuisine, you are invited enjoy Asian, Japanese and other exotic delicacies in the numerous ethnic restaurants of the city.