At the top of any list of tourist attractions on a trip to St. Petersburg has to be the Winter Palace. This massive royal palace and museum complex is packed with over 3 million artefacts from around the world. The Hermitage Museum, which forms the main tourist attraction, is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art. With so much to see, it is a good idea to join a guided tour so that you don’t miss anything. It is also advisable to purchase a ticket online before you arrive, as queues can be long.
Although the Winter Palace complex, including the magnificent Palace Square towards the western end of Nevsky Prospect, dominates the city, there are also plenty of other attractions to see. Check out the Peter and Paul Fortress, the last resting place of a succession of Romanov Tsarsars. The cathedrals of St. Petersburg are magnificent, filled with golden murals and dazzling interiors. For a truly photogenic example, head to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, with its typically Russian Orthodox style towers. For another great photo opportunity, the fountains of the Neva River at Vasilievsky Island are not to be missed.
There are dozens of museums and galleries to explore, and even a pair of 3,000-year-old granite sphinxes that have travelled all the way from Thebes. In fact, there is so much to see on a trip to St. Petersburg that one visit will never be enough.