St. Petersburg, or “Peter” as locals say, is on par with New York, Paris and Rome when it comes to top global destinations for tourists. If you are looking for an exciting dive into Russian art and culture, put Russia’s historic capital city of St. Petersburg on your ‘must visit’ list. And while you’re there, don’t miss these cool things to do:
Visiting the world-renowned Hermitage Museum will satisfy the appetite of art aficionados and history buffs alike. Located inside the Winter Palace of Empress Catherine the Great, the Hermitage contains 1,500 rooms, which take about here hours to breeze through if you insist on seeing them all.
Since its creation in 1764, the Hermitage has curated more than three million objects and works of art, making it the home of the world’s largest collection of paintings. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Monet and Van Gogh are on display alongside some of Russia’s very best.
The State Russian Museum, a historic gallery that includes more than 400,000 masterpieces from the 11th century, represent the history of Russian art. The Fabergé Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, on the other hand, is rather new – it opened in 2013 – and has on display the famed eggs for which Russia has come to be known. You can see nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs as well as over 4,000 other articles from Fabergé and the golden age of jewelry.
Dip into opera & ballet
You probably have heard a lot about famous Russian ballet, which attracts even those who are not very fond of it, because the dancers are a sight to behold. Similarly, Russia opera is elegant and refined, and makes for a great night out in St. Petersburg. There are two renowned theaters in the city: the Mariinsky Theatre and Mikhailovsky Theatre, where you can enjoy opera and view the incredible skill of the Russian ballet dancers.
Located in Teatralnaya square, Mariinsky was founded in 1783 and has become a sparkling gem of St. Petersburg. Mikhailovsky was built in 1833 and is located in a historic building in the city center, in the Arts Square.
Take a canal tour
As St. Petersburg is a city on the water, your vacation will be incomplete if you do not take a boat trip along the Neva River – one of the largest rivers in Europe in terms of average discharge. The river forms a delta of countless islands and three inlets, creating a patchwork of bridges – more than 340 of them!