Must-see Saint Petersburg sights
This list includes the most iconic places in St. Petersburg: The Hermitage, Peter and Paul fortress, and the dominating cathedrals of downtown St. Petersburg. Lastly, we’ve included things that simply need to be experienced, rather than visited per se, like the white nights or raising of the bridges, which occurs regularly between May and October.
The places included in this list are a treasure trove of world culture. In our opinion, these are the right sights to start your exploration of all that St. Petersburg has to offer. As a rule of thumb, we include them early in all our sightseeing packages, as a kind of introduction to the cultural center of Russia. Since all St. Petersburg guidebooks will recommend these places, they may see a large influx of visitors that comes with its own difficulties. Allow us to optimize your tour schedule for you to make the most of your time in the city and to avoid the long lines.
Inherent in all “must-see” lists is a degree of marketing. We fully understand that our travelers will develop their own list of “must-sees,” and we strive to provide all our clients with more no less remarkable destinations than those listed here.