Top sights in St. Petersburg
Our most recommended things to do in St. Petersburg
1. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets
Use your self-guided audio tour to discover the main chambers and the most famous works of art at the Hermitage Museum. See the living quarters of the imperial family, the Pavilion Hall with the Peacock Clock, and the Malachite drawing-room. Climb the Grand Staircase made of white marble and explore a vast collection of artwork from across Europe. Ranging from prehistoric crafts to works of modern art, use your audio-guide to learn more about the extensive collections on display. The self-guided tour is designed for 1.5-2 hours, but you can stay in the Hermitage Museum for as long as you wish to discover even more beautiful interiors and unique exhibits.
2. St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour
This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night. Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges. Join this tour and enjoy an ...
Raising bridges is a remarkable event to see, tickets are very easily and quickly provided via the GetYourGuide app. The only suggestion is, given that it is cold at night, it would be good to provide and offer visitors a blanket, for example, before the end of the ride it was very cold for me.
3. St Petersburg: Peterhof Museum Park Ticket and Audioguide
Travel to the kingdom of fountains and see the most interesting things in the Lower Park of Peterhof! Your tour will begin with a dive into the history of Peterhof at the Orangery fountain. Then you will go on a journey through the Lower Park, see the Chess Mountain cascade, visit one of the most “dangerous” places in the park - “Water Road” and the “Dubok” and “Umbrella” fire fountains. Walk through the beautiful Monplaisir Garden and admire the beautiful panorama of the Gulf of Finland and St. Petersburg. You will learn the history of the fountains "Adam" and "Eve", passing between which you will have a breathtaking view of the Grand Cascade and the Peterhof Palace. You will walk in the garden of Venus, see the Marly Palace and the "Labyrinth" - the most secluded place in the park. You will find the most unusual monument to Peter I with a small child in her arms and learn its history...
The palace and gardens were beautiful but despite paying for foreign citizen tickets we were only offered Russian audio guides. There are places where it's not permitted to take photos but you're given out to in Russian as there are no English signs.Found myself shooed on a lot which was frustrating when trying to take photos. Almost a full day is required to really see everything. Upper garden at the time of our visit was under renovation but we were not informed before purchasing our tickets on Get your Guide.
4. St.Petersburg: Grand Maket Russia Ticket
Enjoy an illuminating visit to the National Show Museum 'Grand Maket Russia' and its single exhibit – the unique miniature model of Russia! Marvel at a colossal working layout, that artistically represents the incredible country. At 800 square meters, this 'man-made miracle' is the second largest model in the world. Witness the spectacular finished product, which took dozens of professions five years to create. Spot the various cities and regions presented in the model, as well as scenes reflecting all kinds of human activity . Have fun watching the model come alive through its dynamic rail and road traffic. More than 200 trains passing along its tracks, which stretch for almost 2500 meters. Be amazed by the cars, which use electromagnetic induction as their power supply and are complete with working headlights brake lights and turn signals that illuminate the roads at 'night'. Get the ...
This was a hidden gem. It's a must-visit if you are travelling with kids. The details of the entire model were fantastic. It's engrossing and you can actually identify structures. Much better than the "Mini Europe" in Brussels. The way the vehicles, weather and time of day are controlled is mind-boggling. The artwork is fantastic. It will take you back to your childhood.
5. St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour
The State Hermitage Museum ranks with the Louvre, Prado, and Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the world's most important and richest art galleries. Explore the museum and learn more about its founding and collections during a 3-hour guided tour in St. Petersburg. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Raphael and Leonardo's "Madonna", Titian's "St. Sebastian", and Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son", as well as "The Golden Peacock" by James Cox and "Crouching Boy" by Michelangelo are just a few of the superb works of Western European art in the Hermitage. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Irani...
I would highly recommend using Get a Guide when visiting the Hermitage museum, particularly now with the covid protocols in place & numbers of tourists being allowed access into the Hermitage controlled & the routes to choose from. Our guide Tim was very knowledgable & an expert in his field. Before starting out tour he gave us some interesting background & history of the Winter Palace, Alexander Column & the General Staff Building. During our tour of the Hermitage Tim’s talked us through each room, highlighting important details & pointing interesting things to see, which if we were not on a guided tour would be missed, for example how the ceilings & inlaid floors mirror each other in the Throne Room. His art knowledge is vey good & he shared insights into the artists techniques, styles & what to look for in the paintings, which was very interesting.
6. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
Meet your guide at the Alexander Column in Palace Square. Skip the long lines and enter the museum right away. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to the present day. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, furniture, and jewelry. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from your knowledgable guide. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons, and Byzantine applied art. Choose th...
My gude Oxana was brilliant. She explained the symbols in the paintings and unusual stories and made the whole tour very enjoyable and memorable.
7. St. Petersburg: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket
Explore St. Petersburg independently and admire its many attractions from the comfort of a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours to suit your schedule and then take stunning photos of the imperial monuments and picturesque squares. Double decker buses are available with a closed roof to protect you in bad weather, while an open-top bus with a sliding roof will make the most of sunny days. Contemplate the city from a different perspective, and jump off and on at any of the 14 stops en route. Marvel at attractions such as the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Drive past Palace Square to see the Winter Palace, admire the golden dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral and much more. • Stop 1. Ostrovsky Square • Stop 2. Vladimirsky Prospekt (Nevsky Prospekt, 49) • Stop 3. Vosstaniya Square (...
St Isaac's Church was the terminus where we exchanged our vouchers for tickets. We went on both the Red and Green routes, and learned much about the history of the city
8. St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour
One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, St. Petersburg is famous for its architecture, museums and monuments, many of which were designed to create the most visual effect from water. Parade facades, grandiose architectural ensembles, the unique shape of Saint-Petersburg skyline with recognizable strings of spires and domes, a variety of engineering and design concepts embodied in the bridges - all of this and more you can expect to see during this day-long boat trip. You will see palaces and noble mansions, the most notable cathedrals of the city, the man-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views will take your breath away, visitors and citizens alike. Particularly fabulous from the water is the ingenious ense...
Amazing Tour. Must have in your St Petersburg iteniary, specially night boat ride. Smooth check in by boat operator.
9. St Petersburg: Fabergé Museum Ticket w/ Russian Audio Guide
Explore the Fabergé Museum at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour. See the world's largest collection of Fabergé works, including fantasy items, jewelry, accessories, ceremonial silver, precious haberdashery, and interior items. Discover several unique Fabergé eggs, nine of which were created by the House of Fabergé jewelry firm on the orders of Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. See personal belongings of the House of Romanov and official "cabinet" gifts presented to prominent figures of the time on behalf of the Russian emperor. Admire a large collection of Russian enamels created by the leading Russian jewelry firms of the 19th and 20th centuries including P. Ovchinnikov, I. Khlebnikov, A. Kuzmichev, the Grachev brothers, and many others. Explore the large collection of more than 100 items by Fyodor Rückert, an outstanding Moscow master of artistic enamel who collaborat...
It is good value for money! Egg-cellent and eggs-traordinary showcase of the Imperial Easter eggs, other valuable treasures and fine arts!
10. St. Petersburg: Swan Lake Ballet Admission Ticket
Russian Ballet is a dancing art phenomenon famous all over the world. It’s a relatively new dance, but the popularity it has gained is difficult to overestimate. Swan Lake is ballet in its best manifestation. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created this masterpiece in one of the most dramatic moments of his life and you definitely feel it in the music. The ballet libretto is very simple, but this is what makes music and dancing stand out. Millions of people see the Swan Lake ballet every year. You, too, can enjoy it on the Russian stage! The show starts at 8 PM and lasts for about 2.5 hours with 1 intermission. You can get to the meeting point on your own or add the round transfer option. After the booking has been made, the Customer Service Manager will be in touch to advise on a theatre where the performance takes place and also to agree on the ticket delivery. Normally tickets are delive...
Get there early and barge ahead of any Group Tour. Grab a good seat and totally ignore the Group Tour crowd!
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Planning Your Visit
The St. Petersburg Metro is a good way to get around the city, particularly in winter, when it can be bitingly cold. Tickets are available at the stations from the toll booths, and a smart card that you can top up is the easiest option if you're staying more than a couple of days.
Do I need a visa?
Most international visitors to Russia will need a visa, so check well before you travel and apply early to avoid disappointment.
What is the weather like?
It's said the weather in this city has character - in others words, be prepared. By Russian standards, it doesn't get too cold - never really below minus 10 degrees - and in the summer highs can reach 30 degrees. However, a jacket and umbrella are always handy to have in your luggage!
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- It's more expensive to visit in the summer months, but this is by far the best time. The temperatures are warm and the days are the longest, so you may get to attend the White Nights celebrations!
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What people are saying about St. Petersburg
We took a sightseeing tour of Peterhofnpalace and gardens with GYG! Pardon me, but i have forgotten the name of our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and funny! She gave us just the right amount of insight about the Russian culture, and did not bombard us with a history lesson. All in all, it was a great experience. Much recommended!
Our guide was great, lots of history knowledge and helped us navigate through what would be of interest to us! 100% recommended taking a guide because you will definitely miss many things otherwise, plus the added advantage of having them tell you the relavent stries
Both guide and driver were very knowledgeable and helpful. Pick up and drop off were on time. The car was clean. The guide also explained the history of St. Petersburg as well as outer cities (on our way to the palaces). All in all, it was fun and informative.
Amazing Tour. Must have in your St Petersburg iteniary, specially night boat ride. Smooth check in by boat operator.
Very enjoyable excursion. Personal guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.