Country #9 Day 71-75 St. Petersburg, Russia 14-18th June
If were to describe St. Petersburg in one word only, it would be “Magnificent”. Tsar Peter The Great’s imperial capital is full of charm on every street, it has palaces, cathedrals, fountains, gardens, canals, river cruises and a lively night life. Designed and commissioned by many architects and Tsars over the 18th and 19th centuries, St. Petersburg should be on top of every travellers itinerary.
It has a rich history, from being acquired by Tsar Peter from the Swedes, to being gutted by fire, replanned in 1737, witness to the abdication of the Romanov’s in 1917 during the Bolshevik Revolution, besieged and utterly destroyed by the Nazis for 3 long years during World War II. It has withstood the test of time with great determination and spirit of its residents and today stands restored in all its imperial glory welcoming tourists from all over the world.
St. Petersburg has a bit on offer for all kinds of visitors, one can spend days admiring the baroque and neo-classical architecture, make every evening romantic by the many canals, become a part of war history by visiting Cruiser Aurora and the Peter and Paul Fortress or St. Isaac’s cathedral for intricate art and frescoes. And thats not all, you have midnight cruises to watch the opening and closing of bridges crossing the river Neva and there is still the vibrant night life with organised pub crawls and many bars open till 6am over the weekends. We found 1000s of people, old and young out on the streets at 4am.
In our 5days there, we pretty much covered all the landmarks of the city and more. We visited the grand Petergof Palace and Gardens, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Square, Kronstadt Naval Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Griboyedov Canal and even the lively nightlife near and around Nevsky Prospect.
Through our captures below we will try and take you through the sites and sounds we witnessed but as travellers in search of beautiful destinations, we would recommend you visit this great city and soak in the unique experience that are on offer.
Ohh, we forgot to mention the best time to visit, it is June-September, all other months are bitterly cold.