St. Petersburg is undoubtedly a stunningly picturesque place to visit for anyone who is a history and architecture enthusiast. A city which has its old world charm with Cathedrals and Palaces and an equally rocking nightlife. The city caters to all. I loved the city for its canals, opulent and grand Palaces that speak royalty and for pretty cafes where you can sit and have a glass of beer and Shisha!
So, coming back to what places worth visiting in St. Petersburg, I would recommend certain places that I loved and certain mandatory places that everyone who has landed in St. Petersburg would want to explore.
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace):
Showcasing the art and culture of the Emperors and Empresses of the Russia. An epitome of brilliant and magnificent architecture.
Winter Palace from Palace Square
The highly ornate baroque architecture - Hermitage Museum
Beautiful archways of Hermitage Museum
Peterhof Grand Palace and Summer Palace:
The beautiful upper and lower gardens with fountains laid out at the time of Peter the Great.
Peterhof Palace on a rainy day
Beautiful fountains at the Peterhof Palace
Peter and Paul Fortress:
Another great museum to see. I did not chance upon this one due to lack of time. Saw this closely while on our canal ride.
The Peter and Paul Fortress
St. Isaac Cathedral:
Russia by large follows Orthodox Christianity. A look into the interiors will give a splendid and impressive view of the sculptures, columns, mosaics and paintings which dates back to 18th century.
St. Isaac Cathedral
Inside view of the marvelous Cathedral
Cathedral with huge stone colonnade and massive interiors. Again a visual delight.
Interiors of Kazan Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood:
The iconic Church that every person must have gone through while planning a trip to Russia. I was thrilled and amazed beyond words to see this humongous Church.
The iconic Church of the Savior on Blood
Beautiful interiors of the Church of the Savior
For all the entertainment, music bands performing, pretty cafes, bars and canal views. Walk as far as you can for as long as you can!
Nevsky Prospect by day
Nevsky Prospect by night
Postcard view of the Canal
Crossing the canal