My 6 favourite things to do in St Petersburg

We took the overnight train from Moscow to St Petersburg which was an experience in itself! It was very surreal to wake up in the middle of the night in a bed on a moving train, so we didn’t get a great night’s sleep. It is definitely worth getting a private 2 berth room rather than having to share with others.

We arrived early in the morning and went straight on with our tour itinerary as organised by Go Russia. St Petersburg feels much more like a traditional European city than Moscow,with its brightly coloured facades and canals running through the city. So although we loved both cities I think we preferred St Petersburg.


  • We stayed at the 4* Petropalace hotel which was a beautiful building and only a few minutes walk into the centre


  • We had a lovely lunch in the aptly named Home of Happiness cafe just opposite St Isaac’s Cathedral which is definitely worth a visit for the yummy cakes

My top 6 favourite sights of St Petersburg

1. Of course the Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace is amazing …

… even if you are not a huge art lover – it would take days to see everything so a guided tour is essential to see the highlights!

2. Take a day trip to the stunningly ornate  Catherine Palace …

…. and its extensive museum – home to the famous Amber Room

3.Enjoy a canal side walk through the meandering city streets…


4. Go down to the riverside …

…to enjoy the views of the Winter Palace on one side and the Peter and Paul fortress on the other. The vastness of the frozen lake in winter was quite breathtaking.


5. Visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood …

…which was built in the same style as Moscow’s famous St Basil’s Cathedral – I loved them both.


6. If you are interested in Russian History visit the Museum of Political History …

… previously home to the Bolshevik headquarters. There’s also a quirky gift store!






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