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St. Petersburg, Russia City Guide

By Ella Johnson

Basic Information

St. Petersburg, Russia, a city of 4.9 million people on the Baltic Sea in Europe, has a rich history. On May 27, 1703, Tsar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia until 1918. St. Petersburg  has had many names such as Petrograd, Leningrad and then St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg's hottest month is July with an average temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit and the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 22 degrees fahrenheit. October is the rainiest month for St. Petersburg

Italian architects gave St. Petersburg its distinctive look, but its flavour is distinctly Russian. Built on a series of natural islands and carved through by a number of canals and the Neva River, this city on the Gulf of Finland is home to some of Russia’s greatest national treasures, from the magnificent Hermitage Museum, housed in the Tsars’ Winter Palace; to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where Peter the Great and other Romanovs are buried; to the grandiose Palace Square, the central square at the end of Nevsky Prospekt. -BBC travel


The Winter Palace of Peter 1 is a large building with vibrant colors all around it. It also houses of the State Hermitage Museum. The State Hermitage Museum has over 3 million  marvelous items in its collection.

The last historical site/museum is The Hermitage Pavilion. The pavilion is a somewhat small building in a nice lush park. The building has many dining halls and has very unique decorations. The building was built in the 1800s and still marvels people to this day.

The Academy of Fine Arts Museum features artworks from local artists, artists abroad and even art from students at the Academy of Fine Arts.  


The State Russian Museum is most famous for its art that was made in the 19th century. Although those are enough to stun you, there are many other items from all different places in the world and also time periods.

Historic Sites and Museums

With the rich history that St. Petersburg has, comes many interesting museums filled with astounding artifacts and masterpieces. When you go you should make sure to go to these astonishing museums and historical sites.

Transportation and Neighborhoods

In every city there is a certain type of transportation that works the best for getting from place to place. In St. Petersburg the best way to get around is not to use your car, but instead it is to use one of many of the busses, trolleys, and even the metro. It is quick and you can find them all around town.

There are many nice neighborhoods all throughout St. Petersburg and  here are just a few nice ones. Admiralteisky is a good neighborhood if you want more restaurants than hotels but it still has nice hotels like the Astoria Hotel. Smolny is a roughly small neighborhood but has many parks all throughout it. Last but not least, Nevskiy. Nevskiy is one of the biggest neighborhoods and has a lot of hotels, restaurants and even attractions. 

St. Petersburg has many flavorful resturants  and Palkin is just one of them. Palkin is very historical, dating all the way back to 1785. Although restoration did take place, the interior is still sophisticated and tasteful. 

Teplo is a very popular spot that has a country house atmosphere and menu with cozy, expertly made classics.

Duo is done out in wood and gorgeous glass lampshades, and has helped put this once a really quiet area, on the culinary map. 

Stroganoff Steak House is a restaurant that uses  natural materials such as wood and leather to give the steakhouse an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality. The walls are decorated with photographs of scenes everyday life in pre-revolutionary Russia.

At Percorsoguests can choose to sit in one of four rooms; a bar, a lounge or a private dining room for 12. There, you can enjoy modern Italian specialties the dining areas are enhanced by an open kitchen and St. Petersburg’s best wine cellar.


Petrovsky Stadium is a sports complex that consists of a number of buildings. The complex contains a football stadium and a Minor Sport Arena. The complex also has a  Grand Sport Arena which is the home of FC Zenit of Saint Petersburg, Russia. FC Zenit is a famous soccer team located in St. Petersburg. Zenit was the 2007, 2010, 2011–12 and 2014–15 champions of the Russian Premier League and the winners of both the 2007–08 UEFA Cup and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup.BC Dynamo Saint Petersburg is a professional basketball club also located in St. Petersburg but they don’t have many wins/championships.

There are a few languages that are spoken in St. Petersburg. They are Russian, Finnish, and Estonian but mainly Russian. Although those are what are mainly spoken, there are some people that speak different languages since St. Petersburg has many tourists.

Languages and Sports