ABOUT SAINT PETERSBURG
Saint Petersburg, founded by Peter Great in 1703, can rightly be called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, uniting in its appearance European and Russian architectural traditions. The city is often called the "Venice of the North" because it is built on 44 islands separated by 86 rivers and canals. Saint Petersburg is famous for its "White nights" when from the end of May to mid-July instead of darkness soft twilight envelops the city, creating a unique romantic atmosphere, which is complemented by the St. Petersburg drawing bridges, the unofficial symbol of the city. St. Petersburg is not less beautiful in the winter, with Neva river covered by ice and sparkling snow on the domes of St.Petersburg cathedrals.
For over 200 years St. Peterburg was capital of the Russian Empire and the residence of 13 Russian tsars of the Romanov dynasty, who are buried in the Peter and Paul Fortress. During construction of the city Peter I set a goal to "open a window to Europe", to make the country a great European power, both politically and in the cultural aspect. Embodying the idea of Peter I, during the XVIII and XIX centuries famous European architects (mostly from Italy and France) created an "open-air museum" on the banks of the Neva with magnificent palaces, cathedrals and park ensembles.Today more than 100 historical palaces and more than 80 museums are open to the public. The most famous, of course, is the Hermitage, which houses one of the largest art collections in the world.
Saint Petersburg is the most northern of the largest cities of the world and the second largest metropolitan area in Russia with a population of more than 5 million people. St. Petersburg is becoming an increasingly popular destination for both foreign and Russian tourists. A romantic walk along the picturesque canals or night Neva, St. Petersburg parks, evening performance at the Mariinsky Theatre, magnificent halls of the Hermitage - all this attracts to the city all those who return here again and again. UN rated St. Petersburg among ten most attractive tourist destinations in the world. The city is annually visited by about 1.5 million foreign and 2 million Russian tourists.
Pushkin was founded in 1710 as an imperial residence named Tsarskoye Selo, and received status of a town in 1808. The town of Pushkin, which surrounds the Tsarskoe Selo estates, is St. Petersburg most charming suburb. Renamed in Soviet times to honour Russian greatest poet, the town has numerous sights connected to Alexander Pushkin, including museum in the former Imperial Lyceum, where he was studying. Here there is one of the most beautiful residence ensembles of the world. There are very many amazing parks and palaces. The most important attractions of the town are the summer residence of the Russian tsars, Catherine Park and the town center. This place was also damaged during the Second World War by the Nazis. Nevertheless it has been restored and is nowadays a majestic beauty, it is a major tourist attraction of the area and is included in the list of monuments protected by UNESCO.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Telephone code of the city: +7 (812)
Emergency: Emergency Control Ministry - 01, Police - 02, Ambulance - 03, for mobile phones - 112
Tourist helpline, city information center: +7 (812) 30 30 555
Metro (58 stations). Working hours from 5:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Price - 35 rubles.
Metro map can be viewed here
Ground public transport operates from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Buses, trams and trolleybuses. Price for the ticket for 1 person - 30 rubles.
- Commuter trains.
Electronic ticket (green card, can be bought at any metro station) Podorozhnik allows making trips by ground public transport and metro with discountsl.
We strongly recommend that you do not use the services of private drivers.
HOW TO GET FROM AIRPORT TO THE CITY
All airlines are operating from new terminal, Pulkovo airport.
Airoport is located in 15 km from the city. Closest metro station is Moskovskaya ("Московская"), blue line.
You can get from the airport to the metro station:
- by city bus № 39
The bus stops in front of the arrival zone of the airoport. It runs between the airport and metro station "Moskovskaya" every 12-20 min. from 5:30 a.m untill 01:30 a.m. The trip takes around 30-35 min.
- by commercial bus №К39
The bus stops in front of the arrival zone of the airoport. It runs between the airport and metro station "Moskovskaya" every 5 min. from 7 a.m untill 11 p.m. The trip takes around 30-35 min.
TOP "MUST SEE" IN SAINT-PETERSBURG
1. City mall "Galereya" ("Галерея")
2. House of books (Zinger House), Kazan Cathedral
3. Peter and Paul Fortress
4. Anichkov bridge
5. Ekaterina square
7. Square of Art ("Ploschad Iskusstv"), Russian Museum
8. Tauride Garden ("Tavricheskiy Sad")
9. Aleksandrovskiy sad, The Bronze Horsmen, Admiralty building
10. Mariinsky Theatre
11. St. Michael's Castle
12. Church of the Savior on Blood
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SAINT-PETERSBURG
- the capital of Russia from 1712 to 1918
- three different names in its history: Petrograd, Leningrad, St.Petersburg
- one of the deepest metro in the world (for example, Admiralteiskaya metro station is 120 meters deep)
- more bridges than in any other city of Europe (about 800 bridges)
- more than 200 museums
- part of UNESCO World Heritage List
- youngest city in Europe