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Welcome to St. Petersburg

Welcome to St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the second-largest city and former capital of Russia as well as the largest city in Northern Europe after London. The city is located near the border with Finland and Estonia, and is also a major business center.

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Basic Stats

Travel safety rating: 9/10

Targeted groups: No groups found

General Sanitation Rating: 10/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 6/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 7/10

Fluency in English Rating: 1/10

Languages spoken: Russian

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed Russia's tourism sector. They represent Russia as a whole, not certain parts of the city that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

Top Attractions

Savior on the Spilled Blood Church

The Savior on the Spilled Blood Church is a historic church in St. Petersburg.

Savior on the Spilled Blood
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Peterhof Palaces

The Peterhof Palaces are a complex of palaces and gardens located outside St. Petersburg that was the summer residence of the Russian tsar.

Peterhof
Official Website

The Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is the largest museum in the world, even larger than the Louvre, that offers artworks from all countries collected by powerful Russian leaders throughout the history of the Russian state.

Hermitage
Official Website

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History

St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great on land seized from Sweden. The tsar's dream was to build a modern capital, and for this work he hired some of the best architects of the time. They built beautiful city avenues, European-style buildings and large cathedrals similar to those of Rome. In the 19th century many of the most famous Russian writers lived in the city, including, Gogol and Dostoevsky.

The main events of the First Russian revolution took place in St. Petersburg. This led to the creation of the Duma and eventually led to the rise of Vladimir Lenin, who moved the capital back to Moscow. During World War Two, the city was severely damaged when German troops imposed a blockade. Millions of St. Petersburg citizens died of starvation. After the war, the city was completely ignored by the Soviet Government. Many of the famous cathedrals were abandoned or turned into museums, such as the Museum of Communism. When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Russian Federation was formed, money flowed into the city to renovate the city's historic buildings. Today, Saint Petersburg is a major tourist center, as well as a major business center.

Transportation

"Both Moscow and St. Petersburg are well covered by buses, trolleybuses and trolleys (trams). Tickets for buses, trolleybuses and trams are sold by the conductor and cost 10 roubles; you should keep them till the end of the trip. One ticket is valid for one ride." - ExpressToRussia.com

Things to know

St. Petersburg is a very safe city so basic safety precautions should be enough. However, St. Petersburg suffers brutally cold winters, so, unless you want to freeze to death and drown in rain and snow mush, you should visit St. Petersburg ONLY in the summer.

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