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Things to do in St Petersburg

Ben Gibson / 13 September 2016 ( 19 December 2016 )

Elegant palaces and world-class museums - there are plenty of things to do in St Petersburg, making it a must port of call for Baltic cruises.

Catherine the Great Palace, Saint Petersburg
Catherine the Great Palace, Saint Petersburg

St Petersburg, Russia’s showcase city of art, architecture and culture, has so many attractions you couldn’t possibly fit them all into a single day. 

So if you're embarking on a cruise of the Baltic, make sure it has an overnight stay in the port - then you can fit double the amount of culture in!

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Grand boulevards, palaces and museums.

Famed for its grand boulevards, elegant palaces and world-class museums, St Petersburg certainly isn’t short on attractions. And with so much to see, careful planning is needed.

St Catherine's Palace

To experience the excess of the Russian Tsars, Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin is a must

This lavish Rococo palace was once gilded with 220lbs of pure gold – so much that it was said to blind people in the summer sun! Today it’s painted in a simpler shade of turquoise, though no less magnificent.

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The Hermitage museum

Even if you don’t think museums are your thing, you really should give the State Hermitage Museum a go – this isn’t like any other museum you’ve ever seen. 

Housed beside the Neva River in the Winter Palace – the former residence of the Russian imperial family – it boasts three million items in a baroque palace with 1786 doors, 1945 windows and 1057 halls. Phew!

 A highlight has to be the Gold Room, which feature’s a Tsar’s ransom in glittering jewellery and treasures.

Nightlife aplenty

And when night falls on your overnight stay in the city, there’s lots to enjoy ashore. 

Perhaps take your seat for an evening at the ballet, or you could return to the State Hermitage for a special performance by the museum’s resident orchestra. 

The following morning, you’ll have another full day to explore the attractions you couldn’t fit in on day one. Now, where to begin…?

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