“I love you, Peter’s creation, I love your austere, slender appearance, the Neva’s sovereign current, its coastal granite …” — this is how A.S.. Pushkin about St. Petersburg. And these verses are not idle talk: St. Petersburg is actually full of many historical and cultural places. How, upon arrival in this wonderful city, not to get lost in all its diversity and visit the most important sights of St. Petersburg? What to visit first?
You should start exploring St. Petersburg from the metro station «Nevsky Prospekt» («Gostiny Dvor») and preferably on foot, since buses, as a rule, have to stand in big traffic jams. Then move to the side of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, a religious and architectural monument that can surprise the most inexperienced tourist with its size and beauty. Buy a ticket not only to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, but also to the colonnade of this cathedral, since it is from the colonnade that a beautiful view of the center of St. Petersburg opens, and from a great height.
Next, be sure to visit the Hermitage — a place that everyone has probably heard of. It is best to come here early in the morning, in order to get inside for sure. Do not aim to see all the exhibits of a given place: it is simply useless. It may take about several days to inspect all the exhibits. Therefore, designate for yourself a list of those pictures, which are, as they say, vital for you to see..
Of course, it is worth visiting Peterhof, the capital of fountains, Russian Versailles. It makes sense to visit this palace and park complex from May to September, since the fountains are turned on only at this time. If you come to St. Petersburg not during this period of time, do not be upset: Peterhof is not only fountains, it is also wonderful museums and parks.
Do not forget about Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace), which houses the famous Amber Room. Weather permitting, you can enjoy a stroll through the beautiful park.
It makes sense to visit such sights as Palace Square, the monument to Peter I — The Bronze Horseman, Trinity and Palace Bridge, Summer Garden, Savior on Spilled Blood, Oceanarium, Peter and Paul Fortress … whether not any place of the beautiful city on the Neva..