If you’ve only visited Moscow, you are missing half of your life. There is a lot more to see in Russia such as St. Petersburg, a fascinating city with sweeping tourists attractions. St. Petersburg will welcome you with a rich culture, mesmerizing arts, ancient architecture, and mouth-watering Russian cuisine.
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State Heritage Museum
A popular museum in Russia, the State Hermitage Museum features over three million collections with 360 rooms. Upon arrival to St. Petersburg, you can head straight to the museum and learn more about the Russian history.
Although not as huge as a typical palace, the Grand Palace boasts more than 30 rooms. The Chesme Hall Picture Hall, and Peter’s Study are just a couple of things you need to see inside. The Grand Palace is usually open from June to September for foreign tourists.
A free tour to the Lower Park of Peterhof is a great way to escape the hustle-bustle of the city. The place is quite crowded with tourists and locals even during ordinary days but if you’re ready to brave the crowd, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring view of gilded fountains, statue-lined lanes, and charming canals.
If you want to understand Russian art and culture, you should visit the Russian Museum. Unlike other museums in the city, the Russian Museum mainly focuses on Russian Art. It feature century-old paintings by popular Russian artists like Alexander Ivanov, Kazimir Malevich, Natalya Goncharova, and Kuzma Pe.
The Mariinsky Theater does not just boast a lovely façade. It also hosts beautiful live ballet performance and opera, which you can watch during the summer. You can purchase tickets online or book in advance to reserve a seat.
The New Holland
The New Holland is a historic triangular island in Russia. It was originally designed to protect the mainland from water-based invaders. Now, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions with casual concerts, art exhibitions, and yoga classes. Since it is a public place, it is free to go here and take pictures of the scenic greenery, landscape, and unique architecture of the neighboring buildings.
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood
This iconic church in St. Petersburg is more than just an onion-shaped dome. It was built after Alexander II which marks the end of slavery in Russian history. Aside from the church’s unique architecture, it is one of the most artistic churches in the world that features Orthodox exterior and interior decorated with 7000 square meters of mosaics.
To summarize, St. Petersburg is definitely a great place to visit. Take your Russian tour to another level by visiting this colorful, vibrant city.