One of the world's most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience. Considered Russia’s cultural capital, the city is fascinating to explore with its political and imperial history present in every corner.
The Congress will be taking place during the city’s White Nights – long summer evenings when the sky doesn’t get dark and the entire city embraces the opportunity.
10 Things To Do In St. Petersburg
Located in the magnificent Winter Palace and adjoining buildings, the Hermitage holds an enormous collection (over three million items) which almost amounts to a comprehensive history of Western European art. With over 360 rooms, choose which areas you would like to view before arrival.
Peter and Paul Fortress
The original citadel of St. Petersburg, the six-bastion Peter and Paul Fortress has been used for centuries as a prison, having incarcerated such people as Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leon Trotsky and Maxim Gorky. The heart of the fortress–Peter and Paul Cathedral–is a vault to tsarist Romanov family: from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.
The Bronze Horseman
One of Saint Petersburg's icons, the statue of Peter the Great stands in Senate Square. Its pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, the largest stone ever moved by humans, which weighs 1500 tons. Wedding photo sessions take place here daily.
Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood
St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with five domes, a classic Russian Orthodox exterior, and an interior decorated with some 7000m2 of mosaics. Its colloquial name references the assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander II here in 1881.
St Isaac's Cathedral
For superb city views, climb the 262 steps to the colonnade around the drum of the famous golden dome which dominates the St Petersburg skyline. More than 100kg of gold leaf was used to cover the 21.8m-high dome alone.
The St Petersburg Metro
One of the most ornate underground systems in the world. Explore each station’s stunning architecture and history. Recommended Stations are: Avtovo, Zvenigorodskaya, Narvskaya, Baltiyskaya and Kirovskiy Zavod.
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Beautiful both inside and outside, it is important historically and its church was the first resting place for the tsarist family. Its four historic cemeteries are where the graves of Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Roerich and many other great names of Russian culture can be found.
There are plenty of parks and gardens around the city to be enjoyed in any weather. These include the small, hidden Yusupov Gardens, the royal Mikhailovsky Gardens and the calm Tavrichesky Gardens.
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Boat trips along the rivers and canals of Saint Petersburg are one of the favourite pastimes of both locals and tourists. Tour along Moika, Neva and Fontanka to see the magnificent city landmarks from another perspective. The “Meteor” ship will even take you to the impressive park of Peterhof.