“Former Russian capital whose mysterious White Nights and winding canals inspired literary giants as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Nikolai Gogol. Constructed from scratch out of marshland in 1703 by Peter the Great, as Russia’s “Window to Europe”, St Petersburg has seen more revolution, war and political intrigue in its 350 years or so than other cities witness in a millennium. This history is apparent at every turn, from the Aurora warship that signalled the start of the Bolshevik Revolution to the many reminders of the 900-day Nazi siege of the city that left around two million dead. When you’ve got your breath back, head to the legendary Hermitage art gallery.” – The Telegraph.co.uk
We used the first paragraph form Telegraf, they made really raw and pure enter to this tour.
We suggest a book by the great Fyodr Dostoevsky – “White nights” before you arrive, so that can tour you through another perspective and ride you throughout past in St. Petersburg.
White Nights, when the sun barely sets, last from around June 10 to July 2. For a real Russian winter, January is your best bet.
Must see – no way to come in “Peter” and not visit famous museum Hermitage
The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine’s Day. It has been open to the public since 1852. Museum contains masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt.
Aside from art, St Petersburg is also full of fantastic architecture, from the psychedelic domes of the Church on Spilled Blood to the imposing façade of St Isaac’s Cathedral.
Nevsky Prospect is the main street in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, named after the 13th-century Russian prince Alexander Nevsky. Planned by Peter the Great as the beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow, the avenue runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and, after making a turn at Vosstaniya Square, to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.
A few details
- Currency: Rouble
- Transport: use metro and walk
- Drink: Vodka
- Boat toure: Sure thing!