Spotlight on St Petersburg
Welcome to the cultural capital of modern Russia. St Petersburg is a city filled with art, history and a vibrant cafe culture. As the second largest city in Russia behind Moscow, St Petersburg has so much to offer travellers. From its popular cruise terminal to its many museums and galleries, St Petersburg is as trendy as it is historic.
Even if you only have a few hours, you’ll find so much to see and do in St Petersburg:
- Architecture – St Petersburg’s many buildings boast beautiful Russian architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, perfectly preserved and looking just like they did when construction was completed.
- Culture – There are countless museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas in the city. The challenge will be picking just a few to check out!
- Music – Music is of vital importance to St Petersburg residents, with outdoor festivals taking place weekly.
Some St Petersburg highlights to cross off your bucket list include:
- Palace Square – A popular spot for political rallies, this plaza has been the site of many important moments in the city’s history. Admire the fascinating architecture while enjoying the open space.
- Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood – Created in memoriam to Alexander II, this church stands out from the cityscape with its 16/17th century styling. The mosaics and pink marble floors are particularly beautiful.
- State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace – In a city full of museums, it’s impossible to pick the ‘best’. But the State Hermitage Museum, which includes close to 3 million exhibits and some stunning artworks, is definitely a top contender. Find it located within the Winter Palace.
While St Petersburg suffers through some typically frosty Russian winters, its summer months are actually quite temperate. With the mercury frequently hitting the 18°C mark from June through to September, this will be the perfect time to visit.
During winter, it’s not uncommon for the temperature to drop below 0°C, diving as low as -6°C on average. This doesn’t stop intrepid travellers from visiting during the colder months, though – accommodation is often cheaper and the city embraces winter sports in a big way.
Russian currency is divided into rubles and kopeks. 100 kopeks is equal to 1 ruble. Rubles come in note denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000. Kopeks come in coin denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 50. The conversion rate is usually around 45 rubles to the Australian dollar and 40 rubles to the euro.
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