Must See Sights

30 of the most visited tourist attractions in St. Petersburg

What places should I definitely visit in Saint Petersburg? What are the top 10 sights in St Petersburg Russia? What attractions are must see there?

These and many other questions of a kind are very popular on forums, travel blogs or general search history. So to make your life way easier and to save your time on searching quality advice on attractions to visit in the Northern capital of Russia, I have prepared a list of places you need to see.

Theatres, cathedrals and churches, famous palaces, museums and squares are among them. Of course, there are many more exciting historical and current sightseeing that can be visited during a guided tour or a casual walk.

Summer palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Summer Palace of Peter the Great is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Saint Petersburg. It’s located in a very beautiful area called Summer Garden. The garden was established in the beginning of the 18th century when the Northern capital was just…

Peterhof Great Palace

Peterhof is the "world's capital of fountains", a tremendous extravaganza of water and gold, marble and bronze. Concentrated on its territory of 117.5 hectares (290 acres) are several palace ensembles (the Great Palace with the Upper Garden and Great Cascade, the Lower Park with the…

Catherine Palace twilights

Beautiful, very cozy and green, this city in the suburban district of Saint Petersburg was named after Alexander Pushkin in 1937. The poet studied there at the Lyceum of Tsarskoye Selo. Interestingly, for about two centuries this town was a summer residential area of the…

The winter view on the Spit (Strelka) of Vasilievsky island

Spit (in Russian: Strelka) of Vasilievsky island is one of the oldest sights of Saint Petersburg. It was established in the times of Peter the Great as a business, educational and governmental centre of the city. The architectural complex of the Spit is one of…

rostral columns from water in st petersburg

Architectural constructions of 32 meters high are situated in the centre of St Petersburg, in the Spit of Vasilievsky island, and are considered as one of the symbols of the city. Rostral columns were established in 1810 and projected by the French architect Thomas de…

Kunstkamera on Vasilievsky island in St Petersburg

The first museum of Russia was established by Peter the Great in the centre of St Petersburg on the shore of the Neva river. This is Kunstkamera also known as Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. For over 300 years, Russian and Soviet…

The Admiralty of St Petersburg Russia

It’s one of the most known oldest architectural monuments of the Northern capital. History The Admiralty’ construction started in 1704 under the supervision of Peter the Great on the island between Neva and Moyka rivers. The Admiralty was thought as a main dockyard of Russian…

Palace bridge in St Petersburg

The bridge connects the Spit of Vasilievsky island and Palace square and goes over the Bolshaya Neva. Palace bridge consists of five spans, and its raising span is 56,5 meters wide which makes it one of the largest in the world. The spans weigh 4868…

Nevsky Prospect St. Petersburg

The main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg is Nevsky Prospect, only six years older than the city. At the beginning of the XVIII century, when St. Petersburg was the only bank of the Neva, it was a wooded and swampy area. Peter I ordered to cut…

Kazan Cathedral St. Petersburg

In the very heart of the city, where the Griboyedov Canal crosses Nevsky Prospect, a majestic view of Kazan Square opens up. A beautiful temple, having stretched a wide arc of the colonnade, as if it embraces both a square with a fountain and the…