Official language: Russian
Time zone: UTC +3
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During white nights, a romantic place to admire the city’s panorama are…roofs of town houses in the centre. You can get there with one of local roofers. Recommended!
If you are into splendour and luxury, make sure to go to Peterhof, a palace with a neat park of a several dozen hectares with historical fountains.
Drawbridges on the Neva are not working during nights, so while planning evening walks through Saint Petersburg, check their schedule of opening and closing, so you are not stuck for the rest of the night on the other side of the city.
One of a kind Saint Petersburg is attracting each year hundreds thousands tourists not only with its breath taking monuments and ubiquitous splendour, but also with hope to witness so called white nights. It was recognized by UNESCO as the eight most attractive city in the world. What is worth seeing there?
Saint Petersburg can boast of really rich network of water channels at the mouth of the river Neva to the Gulf of Finland and huge number of monuments. It serves as perfect surroundings for watching white nights. In period from May to July in the night hours there is always twilight there and it never gets fully dark. In this time city doesn’t fall asleep and for 24 hours you can see pedestrians on the streets, mainly tourists. Where best to observe this astrological phenomena? Citizens of Saint Petersburg mostly sit on banks of the Neva, from which there is lovely view for drawbridges and the river.
It is best to start sightseeing of the city from a walk through the centre of via Nevsky Prospect to feel vibe and pace of life of locals. Among monuments it is definitely worth to see impressive Orthodox Church of the Saviour on Blood (Tserkov Spas na Krovi), which interiors are all decorated in mosaics. Another must see point is Hermitage Museum, that is composed of five buildings, which are Winter Palace, Small, Old and New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre. It is the most famous Russian national museum, that was founded by empress Catherine the Great. It is also worth to see the monument of Peter I and – serving as the symbol of the October Revolution – cruiser Aurora or Peter and Paul Fortress, where one can admire tombs of Russian emperors.
What tastes should be associated with Saint Petersburg? For sure typical Russian soups are worth trying, such as solianka, ucha, barszcz or szczi, and fluffy Russian pancake with cream and caviar. You can get them not only in restaurants, but also in fast foods bars, called stolovyjach. In the centre there are also many hugely popular in this city bars serving sushi and Georgian restaurants. Where it is worth to eat? If you look for Russian tastes, you will find them in Troika, Pelmenya and Severyanin.