Guide St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest city, it covers an area of 1430 km2. The population approaches 5 million meters. St. Petersburg is an important port on the River Neva, that flows into the Gulf of Finland. The city boasts many beautiful monuments placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodation in St. Petersburg
In St. Petersburg, we can offer more than 800 accommodation options, for example 3 and 4* hotels, guest houses, apartments, hostels or aparthotels. St. Petersburg also offers a number of truly luxurious hotels with exquisite services, for example Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg or The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel. These hotels are located in the very center of the city, nearby the Ermitage Museum, Cathedral of St. Isaac or Winter Palace. In St. Petersburg, you can also find the world's major hotels chains such as Imperial, Radisson or Grand Hotel offering all types of rooms from regular double rooms to opulent Presidential Suites. Very popular hotels are also those offering views of the river Neva. Attractive location is Petrogradskij district, Vasileostrovskij district or Admiralteyskiy district. The most popular hotels are for example Park Inn Pulkovskaya, Petro Palace Hotel, Hotel Angleterre, Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge. We also offer a diverse range of apartment accommodation. Most apartments are situated downtown. We can offer cheaper apartments to luxury ones for demanding clients. You can choose from a small studios to more bedroom apartments with terraces, that are, for example, suitable for larger groups.
History of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg does not have a rich history. The town was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, who ousted the Swedes and built on the Neva River town of St. Petersburg. Until the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, the city was the seat of the tsars. Later on, architectural center along with canals and a number of palaces were built. St. Petersburg then became a cultural center with many important monuments and museums. Pushkin and Dostoyevsky for example lived here. In November 1917, there started Great October Socialist Revolution, that greatly influenced the history not only of Russia, but also around the world. January 26, after the death of Lenin, the city was renamed to Leningrad. In the 20th century, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was founded. Between 1941 and 1944, was St. Petersburg for almost 900 days under the siege by German troops. Daily, hundreds of people were dying from cold and hunger. In 1991, after a fall of the Soviet Union, the city was again renamed from Leningrad to St. Petersburg. Today, the city is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
How to get to St. Petersburg
The Largest airport in St. Petersburg is Pulkovo, serving both domestic and international flights. It is located approximately 17 km from the city centre. The airport has two terminals. The first terminal is for domestic flights and some international charter flights. The second terminal is designed for international flights. St. Petersburg is also a major railway junction with several major railway stations, for example, Moskovskiy, Vitebskiy, Baltiskii or Finliandskii. From each of the stations, there are trains going to various Russian and European destinations.
Sights and activities in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg boasts a number of monuments and other attractions. The best known and largest monument is Ermitage Museum, lying on the bank of the Neva River. It is a complex of five buildings, with hundreds of art works, you can also find inside the largest art gallery of the world. Another monument is the Peterhof Palace, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, with gardens with over 170 various fountains. In the Catherine Palace, you can find the Amber Room, which is considered to be a true architectural gem. Other sights include the St. Petersburg Winter Palace, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Smolensk Cathedral or the Cathedral of St. Isaac.
Sport in St. Petersburg
If you are a football fan, you can not miss a visit to the local football stadium of Zenit Petersburg. From hockey clubs, the most famous is SKA St. Petersburg. Since 1995 you can also visit tennis tournament ATP World Tour 250 St. Petersburg Open that is held in St. Petersburg every year.
Famous personalities of St. Petersburg
The most famous personalities that undoubtedly belongs to the St. Petersburg is Tsar Peter II., Empress Catherine the Great, poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin, historian and poet Mikhail Lomonosov, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, skaters Alexei Konstantinovich Yagudin and Evgeny Pluščenko or tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova.