Over its good 300 years of history, Saint Petersburg has soared to great heights and plummeted to great depths. Yet the city has always managed to get back on its feet and today can present a heritage of art, culture, and architecture richer than ever before.
There’s a fresh wind rising in former Leningrad. It is constantly giving birth to new cafés, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. Chic hotels like the Grand Hotel Europe recall the stately times of the tsars, and at small boutique hotels like Alexander House you can enjoy a cosy family atmosphere at the heart of this gigantic metropolis. And above all: at every new establishment you can expect outstanding quality. The competition is fierce, and the scene is swift to mete out punishment for sloppy service and poor quality.
Opulence meets modern design, and traditions meld with Western views of life. In Saint Petersburg you flaunt what you’ve got, painfully perceptible in the form of streets clogged with luxury limousines. Yet as a visitor to this city, you enjoy all of its facets. Whether it’s a fashionable walk over the ostentatious boulevard Bolshaya Konyushennaya ulitsa, seeing and being seen at the Royal Beach Club, or a leisurely stroll on Hare Island with all of its breathtaking sights.
Saint Petersburg demands a lot from its visitors, but the city gives just as much back. If you really want to feel the spirit of the city, you must come back more than once. A lot happens in this scintillating city of the tsars by the water, and once you’ve been enraptured by the «white nights», you won’t hesitate about coming back.
Second largest city in Russia by the Baltic Sea.
About 5 million
About 1440 km²
- Public transport
Huge underground, tram, and bus network.
Moist continental climate. The summers are not overly hot, but are rather short. The winters, on the other hand, are long and cold.
- Best time to visit
The months July to September are warm. From mid June, you can experience the so called “white nights” when the sun goes down for only a short time.
- Good to know
Saint Petersburg is the northernmost million metropolis in the world.
- Nice to know
The Metro stations in Saint Petersburg are among the deepest in the world. Admiralteyskaya Station, for instance, is 86 metres below ground.
Pulkovo Airport, about 14 km south of the city centre.
The no. 13 bus leaves Terminal 2 for Moskovsko Metro station. From here you can take the underground to the city centre. The ride takes about 45 minutes in total.
You'll find taxi stations in front of the arrivals terminals. The ride to the city centre takes about 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic.