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.
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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.
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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