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Elaborate palaces, grand churches, sumptuous estates, and gilded façades: St. Petersburg is rich in architectural masterpieces and artistic treasures. The second city of modern Russia, it is the country’s intellectual and cultural center. Be sure to explore its grandeur in full, from comprehensive day tours to a delightful evening on a riverboat or at the ballet.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Explore the iconic Hermitage, featuring more than 3 million exhibits, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Get a close look at masterworks from Michelangelo, da Vinci, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt and countless more.
Discover the “Russian Versailles,” Peterhof Palace, one of the summer residences of the royal family. Marvel at the Gala Staircase, lavish throne room, Peter the Great’s Oak Study and more.
Climb the spiral staircase within the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. At the top, walk under a gilded dome decorated with more than 200 pounds of pure gold, plus enjoy superb views of St. Petersburg below.
In July 1941, during the 900-day siege, the entire Hermitage Museum staff — from curators to cleaners —mobilized to pack and evacuate more than 1 million artworks with the help of hundreds of citizen volunteers.
During World War II, the Nazis looted the great palaces outside the city, including the magnificent Amber Room in the Catherine Palace. Russian craftsmen worked for decades to create the replica that is on display. To this day, the whereabouts of the original contents are unknown.
St. Petersburg — with its 93 rivers and canals stretching about 185 miles — features more bridges than any other European city.
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Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.