The second city that we’ve visited in Russia this August, was St. Petersburg.
I bought tickets to Sapsan, a high-speed train that reached Saint Petersburg from Moscow in 4 hours. I highly advise that you book tickets in advance, as their price increases a lot in time.
For accommodation, I booked a hostel on booking.com, very good central location, but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who doesn’t speak Russian, as no one amongst the staff spoke English…
What to do:
Peterhof – located outside of St. Petersburg, summer palace of the royal family. Must-see in the summer period! Very beautiful fountains & park.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral – go up to the colonnade and take a look at the city from a high point of view, if it is not raining, the panorama is amazing, as there are no high buildings to cover the view.
Hermitage – it takes at least one day to walk around Hermitage collection… Buy your tickets online, and you’ll be able to enter the museum without a queue, because there’s a separate entrance for the owners of electronic tickets. Be sure to visit General Staff Building as well, it is included in the price. It is also located on Dvortsovaya square, but it has a separate entrance. There you’ll find a lot of impressionists’ paintings.
Fabergé Museum – amazing collection of the famous jewellery house. Relatively new as a museum, it was opened in 2013. Interiors of the palace where the museum is located are incredibly beautiful. Take an audioguide, it’s worth it!
Mariinsky theatre – ballet occupies a special place in Russian culture, so do go and see a show, tickets can be booked online.
Project Loft Etaji – Etaji means floors in Russian. It’s a place full of small laboratories of local designers, little shops and cafes. One of the cafes is located on a terrace, be sure to bring cash, the don’t accept credit cards there. This place is not so touristic, “local” kind of experience, pretty cool.
Aurora cruiser – a cruiser with a long history, now it is a museum, still floating on water 🙂
Restaurants & caffe
Ukrop – vegetarian caffe, the have self-service buffet on the first floor, where they sell everything with a discount after 8 pm, if I remember well.
Chaiki cafe – we ran into this place randomly and really liked it, they also have some tables outside.
Project Loft Etaji, mentioned above, there’s a nice cafe with a terrace and they also have a hostel, you might want to check it out.
Here’s the vlog that I filmed in Saint Petersburg: