St Petersburg is a beautiful city in Russia and is situated along the river Neva and on the tip of Gulf of Finland. The climate in St Petersburg is humid continental meaning that summers are short and humid while winters are cold and wet. If you plan to visit the city in June, be sure to book your discount hotel room in advance because June is the city's peak season due to the occurrence of the White Nights.
The city was discovered by Russian Emperor Peter the Great in 1703 and became Russia's imperial capital between 1732 to 1918. Its name was changed from St Petersburg to Petrograd in 1914, and then was called Leningrad in 1924 before finally being named St Petersburg again in 1991.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Since St Petersburg is famous for its White Nights, when the sunset only lasts for a short time before twilight, the city celebrates that moment with the White Nights Festival. Enjoy ten days of arts festivals, concerts and parties. St Petersburg boasts of its world-class museums, but the most renowned is The State Hermitage Museum which also features historic buildings such as the Winter Palace and Menshikov Palace. Other must-see museums in St Petersburg include the Russian Museum, Military Historical Museum and Ethnographic Museum. There are also lots of magnificent churches in St Petersburg that are worth seeing such as the Church of the Saviour, Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral.
The fastest and cheapest way to get around St Petersburg is by subway and this city has one of the largest railway systems in the country. Buses and trolleys are also affordable and efficient