As we say in Russia: “Moscow is the financial capital and Saint Petersburg is the cultural capital”. There are so many things to do in Saint Petersburg! This city is eye-candy for photographers and a gem for any tourist. It is definitely my favorite city in Russia and one of my favorites in the world! With a young population and ever-growing cultural landscape, the city is bathed in a unique light and laid-back vibe. The city is the epitome of beauty and sophistication with the most relaxed people I have ever seen. They are fond of Indians and never miss an opportunity to express their love for Bollywood!
Staying in an Airbnb in Nevsky Prospekt, which is the main street in the city worked like a charm in terms of time for me and made this trip one of my favorites.
Read along to see the best 11 places that cannot be missed in the city. I have also suggested tons of other great activities for those of you who have more time and are eager to explore, so your list for what to do in St. Petersburg should be never-ending!
2. Palace Square
3. The Winter Palace /Hermitage Museum
4. Alexander Column
5. General Staff Building
6. The Admiralty
7. Cathedral of Kazan
8. Church of Savior on the Spilled Blood
9. Peter and Paul Fortress
10. St. Isaac’s Cathedral
11. Lions Bridge
There are many other places and activities that did not make it to this list, and that’s because I already had so many recommendations, I could not squeeze them all in! Nevertheless, these activities and attractions are awesome as well, so you should consider them too :
Don’t skip the metro! The city has some breathtaking gems built underground.
When in Russia, you cannot miss the night clubs. They are full of life and energy!
Watch the city bridges open during a Draw Bridges tour
Visit the Mariinsky Theatre for Opera and Ballet shows.
Locals love to climb on the roofs and admire the Saint Petersburg sights; they even organize romantic dates there. Experienced roofers will take you up one of the buildings. As long as you follow their advice, it is safe.
Enjoy the local Russian cuisines at Gogoland Katsuya. The food is yum here!
A seven day trip to Saint Petersburg including the stay, food, and the daily conveyance will sum up to be a maximum of 25,000 rubles (25,814 INR!!). While most of the tourist places do not charge an entry fee, there is a handful of them who charge within 200-1000 rubles as a fee.
Remember, you haven’t been to Russia if you haven’t seen Saint Petersburg!
I will be so happy if you manage to see all the places on my list. If not, oh well, you can always visit again!