Current Time


see + do

View As:

St. Petersburg see + do

St. Petersburg is the city on the swamp built in 1703 to be the capital of Peter the Great's Russian empire—from which the czars ruled right up until 1917. Dostoyevsky called his home "the most abstract and intentional city on earth"; guidebooks call it "the Venice of the North." With scores of tributaries and canals, hundreds of bridges, 150 palaces, gracious proportions, wonderful gaudy churches, and huge squares, it's heartbreakingly beautiful. Heartbreaking because, despite native son Vladimir Putin's $1.5 billion tercentennial restorations, great swaths of it are crumbling and shabby; because every great building is surrounded by its own moat of grumpy souvenir sellers who probably have Ph.D.'s; and because you can't quite connect its past to what you see today. The "real" Piter, as the residents fondly call it, is also relatively impenetrable, but there's more than enough to keep first-time visitors busy.

Sort By:
The City, St. Petersburg

The city that gave birth to Russian literature, Russian music, and the ballet didn't, post-communism, just settle for being a showcase of magnificent art and...more

Editors' Pick
Results 1-1 of 1
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Mobile Terms and Conditions.

iPhone App:

Create personalized postcards out of your favorite travel photos!

Learn More ›
Subscribe to our free RSS feeds:

Get the latest destinations picks, hot hotel lists, travel deals and blog posts automatically added to your newsreader or your personalized homepage.

Learn More ›


Special Advertisement

Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions


Send  to your phone!

Don’t show this box again.
This information will be sent directly to your phone and waiting for you in a text message. Simple click on the url in that message or browse on your phone.
Need more help? Our FAQ may contain the answer you need.
Never want to type in your cell phone number again?
Register now with and you'll be able to save your number and enjoy other great features like this.
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement , Privacy Policy, and mobile terms and conditions. Standard text messaging rates apply.