The main Russian port on the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg was founded on water in 1703 by the will of Emperor Peter the Great, who became a Bronze Rider. Imperial capital for 2 centuries, the city remains the country's cultural centre with flagships such as the Mariinsky Theatre, a temple of opera and dance, the Russian Museum (Orthodox icons, works by Kandinsky...) and the immense Hermitage Museum. Like a northern Venice, bordered by the Neva River and the Obvodny Canal, bathed by the Fontanka and Moika rivers, the centre of St Petersburg is built around the Nevsky Prospekt, a wide and chic shopping avenue, lined with historic monuments. Also a lot of charm and remarkable monuments on Vasilievsky Island. The initial nucleus of the city, Petrograd is home to the famous Peter and Paul Fortress. You can also admire the bulbous and richly decorated church of Saint Sauveur-sur-le-sang versed and that of Saint-Nicolas-des-Marins. Much less lavish is the northern suburb of the Soviet era where the Finnish Railway Station is located. Finally, we must see the district located south of St. Petersburg with its industrial and Stalinist architecture. Great! Great! The Narva Arc de Triomphe, the Chesme church and the Poulkovo observatory are located there. The Soviet authorities had planned to move the city centre south. This was not done. St. Petersburg sumptuous under the snow when the Fontanka freezes, attracts many visitors, in summer, during its Nights blanches. The sun does not set and the celebrations follow the shows.

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When to go to Saint-Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург)?

The high tourist season is from mid-May to the end of August with a peak between mid-June and mid-July, during the Nuits blanches. Hotels are full and prices are rising. The rest of the year can be considered as the low season, with the exception of the first 10 days of January when the Russians celebrate Christmas and New Year with their families. Winter temperatures are far from the Siberian cold, but the climate of St. Petersburg remains marked by the humidity of the Baltic Sea. The sidewalks are then transformed into an ice rink or a.... children's pool. Clothes close to your body, a good windproof jacket, waterproof shoes... and you're ready to walk through the city in the snow. Here as elsewhere there is no more climate. Snow is sometimes slow to come and the sun can sulk in summer. A quick look at the local weather can help avoid disappointments. The people of Petersburg have a joke that reflects the region's very changing climate: "If you don't like today's weather, wait 15 minutes. "»

How to go to Saint-Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург)? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

The package tour is a good option for discovering St. Petersburg. Generally, the proposed stays take place over a week. Good timing to see the most important thing and get to know the city. With this formula, you don't have to worry about your visa and you are sure to see a maximum of things in a minimum of time without wasting time looking for your subway station!

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You can organize your stay alone. Don't forget to make your visa on time. Low cost airlines offer direct flights to St. Petersburg. You can book your hotel from home, but on site the choice is wide. Going alone is the right option to enjoy the Nuits blanches at your own pace, depending on the encounters. You can also land in Moscow, visit the city for two days and take the high-speed train that links St. Petersburg in 5 hours.

In St. Petersburg, the metro is a must. It operates from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. The stations in the centre are worth a visit for their Stalinist decoration, especially that of Avtovo. Some are very deep because of the water underground. You don't see the end of the escalator! They are very far apart and you will refine your trips thanks to the bus, tramway or trolleybus. In addition, there are the stars on the Neva and the canals. You can also use a (affordable) taxi.




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  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The high tourist season is from mid-May to the end of August with a peak between mid-June and mid-July, during the Nu...
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Weather forecast

The humid continental climate of St. Petersburg, with strong thermal contrasts between winter and summer, makes life...
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Budget

The monetary unit is the ruble (RUB), subdivided into 100 kopeks. You can change or withdraw euros without any proble...
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Formalities

You need a visa to travel to Russia. The visa implies a formal invitation, which will be faxed to you by your hotel o...
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Health

Don't worry, St. Petersburg is a healthy city. It is advisable to leave with your up-to-date vaccinations (DT-polio,...
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How to travel by yourself?

You can organize your stay alone. Don't forget to make your visa on time. Low cost airlines offer direct flights to S...
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How to get organized?

The package tour is a good option for discovering St. Petersburg. Generally, the proposed stays take place over a wee...
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Getting around

In St. Petersburg, the metro is a must. It operates from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. The stations in the centre are worth a...
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