Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and a very popular travel destination. Full of historical buildings, canals, bridges, art and other attractions. Saint Petersburg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its rich history.
Saint Petersburg is located just 4 hours from Moscow and traveling between the two cities is easy on the high-speed express train. Winter time can be quite cold, with temperatures below -12F. The the snow covered buildings and nature create a stunning white winter scenery.
Known by the local people as Piter, Saint Petersburg has flourished since the Soviet Union collapsed. Now visited by millions of people every year as they relish the stunning views, unique architecture and vibrant culture. At the height of Summer in June, the sky never goes completely dark. All day festivals and parties are held, making it a hugely popular time of year to visit.
Editors choice and absolutely must see
Peterhof Palace, the summer palace of Peter the Great is a very impressive palace.
The State Hermitage Museum was founded in 1754 by Catherine the Great. Just part of the palace is open to the public, but even so, you can literally spend days in the museum and still not see it all.
The Peter and Paul Fortress is also worth a visit. If you are there around noon, you can’t miss hearing the cannon fired from the Naryshkin Bastion.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is an absolutely must see, and just as spectacular inside as outside.