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St Petersburg

Located in Russia, St Petersburg is also known as the ‘City of Tsars’ or ‘Northern Venice’. It is one of the most cultural cities you will ever visit. The artistic culture is everywhere you look in St Petersburg. There are statues and sculptures in abundance, always ready to capture your attention. Just walking through St Petersburg is an experience you will never forget.  

But there is more to do in St Petersburg than just walk through the parks and squares. How can you go to Russia and not see the Russian ballet? It isn’t something travellers should miss. Russia boasts of the best ballet in the world, and has for many, many years. You can see some of these world class performers in St Petersburg at the Opera House.

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Why visit St Petersburg ?

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Where the Night Meets the Day

To learn more about Russian history, visit the Russian Museum in St Petersburg. The Russian Museum originally opened in 1898 as The Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III with just a few pieces of donated art. The Russian Museum now houses the largest collection of Russian art in the world. It takes four buildings to hold it all.  

You won’t want to miss the Russian palaces in St Petersburg. In Pushkin, you can visit Catherine’s Palace. This 18th century baroque palace is thought to be the grandest in all of St Petersburg. That says a lot since St Petersburg has many palaces to see and explore. Yelagin Palace is another palace that should not be missed. It has its own island and sits atop a hill above the river. Yelagin Palace is a favourite place for throwing private parties. St Petersburg is also where you will find the Yusopov Palace, once the home of the very powerful Yusopov family, and the historic site of Rasputin’s murder.  

If you are lucky enough to visit St Petersburg in the wintertime, you will be in awe of the beauty of the city after it has iced over. You can join in the celebrations of the season with the people of St Petersburg as they celebrate two Christmases and two New Years. Why would they celebrate these holidays twice? Well, before the fall of the Soviet Union they were not allowed to celebrate the holidays in the traditional way, so they are rediscovering old traditions and making new ones.  

If you would prefer to plan your trip to St Petersburg in the summertime, try to get there in the second week of June and stay until the first week of July. You will then be able to say that you have seen the infamous White Nights of St Petersburg, where night meets day. The White Nights is a natural phenomenon wherein the sun doesn’t descend far enough below the horizon for darkness to fall before it rises again. That is because of St Petersburg’s location as the world’s most northernmost city. Not only will you get to experience the White Nights, but you’ll get there in time for the city’s greatest festival, celebrating the White Nights.

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