Walk in the center of St. Petersburg
We should start from the metro station "Nevsky Prospekt" or "Gostiniy Dvor". Need to move on the map in the direction indicated sites. To buy a map in many bookstores or order in the online store. Below is a sample itinerary that covers the main attractions of the Northern capital: m. "Nevsky Prospekt" or "Gostiniy Dvor" - Palace square - St Isaac's square and St. Isaac's Cathedral, bronze horseman - the Palace bridge - the spit of Vasilevsky island - Peter and Paul fortress Avrora - Trinity bridge - Summer garden - the Church of the Savior-on-Blood - m. "Nevsky Prospekt" or "Gostiniy Dvor". The walk can take from 5-6 hours to 1 day.
If in St. Petersburg there are acquaintances, friends or relatives, you should ask them to give you a little tour. Surely they will not refuse and will gladly show you around the city.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a unique monument of religion and architecture, breathtaking in its size, beauty and richness of the decoration. In order to enter the Church and to get to the observation deck, you need to buy 2 tickets:
- in the Cathedral itself (for everyone who purchased a ticket, conducted tour);
on the colonnade (hence, "bird's eye" views of the centre of Saint Petersburg, but you should bear in mind that in bad weather, especially in winter and late autumn, much is spoiled).
These tend to fall practically all tourists arriving in the city of white nights. In order to get around all the halls and see all the exhibitions of the Winter Palace, will take several days. Mostly travel groups are on the route: St George's hall - the Grand staircase of the New Hermitage - "Madonna and child" - the knights ' hall - the Peacock clock. Remember to be sure to visit this landmark, it is better to arrive early in the morning. Otherwise there is a risk of losing a lot of time or not to get inside.
Peterhof or Petrodvorets
Russian Versailles, the capital of fountains - not only as Peterhof. In the summer the Palace and Park ensemble is a must-see destination for tourists, because the fountains work from early may to September. Another time to visit Peterhof is inappropriate, since the impression of it will be incomplete. In order to avoid all fountains of Peterhof will take several hours. But apart from them there are museums and landscaped parks.
Tsarskoye Selo (Detskoe Selo, Pushkin)
This Palace and Park ensemble, the summer residence of the Russian emperors. Tourists are advised to visit the Alexander Palace, Alexander Park, Catherine Park and Catherine Palace, which houses the famous amber room. It rightly called one of the wonders of the world.
Peter and Paul fortress
The main point for all travellers - Peter and Paul Cathedral. Its spire with the angel beneath the cross is recognized as one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. But in order to see this sight, it is not necessary to go into the Cathedral, remarkable for the tombs of the Russian emperors (from Peter). The interior of the Cathedral is ambiguous and represents something average between the Catholic Cathedral and Orthodox Church. In the rest of the fortress is a Museum of history of St. Petersburg and the mint. There today are printing rubles. Exhibitions of greatest interest to tourists is the prison of Trubetskoy Bastion and the medieval instruments of torture.
White nights and the bridges
To enjoy this action, you need in June or July, around 01.30 arrive at the Admiralty and the Palace embankment. At this time there are going to be crowds of tourists. In the middle of the Neva river built up the many pleasure boats which are passing under the bridge at the moment when the flaps are raised. You can buy a ticket and ride along the river when the bridge will divorce.