Founded by Peter I the Great in 1703 as Russia’s new imperial capital, Saint Petersburg is the ultimate embodiment of artistic talent. Europe’s best architects and Russia’s foremost creative talents, including Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dmitry Shostakovich and Joseph Brodsky, left their indelible imprints on this remarkable city. Founded in: 1703 Population: 4,848,800 Distance to Moscow: 687 km From architecture and city planning to the performing talents of the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet to the masterpieces of the magnificent Hermitage Museum, everything in this delightful city is focused on beauty and elegance. The city’s legendary drawbridges over the grand Neva River and the famous “White Nights” in June draw tens of thousands of tourists every year. Saint Petersburg city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tourism is one of the key sectors of the city’s economy. Saint Petersburg welcomes up to five million tourists each year, more than any other city in Russia. In the same artistic tradition, a new state-of-the-art 69,000-seat stadium is being constructed on Krestovsky Island facing the Baltic Sea. Resembling a spaceship, it was designed by the famous architect Kisho Kurokawa. The stadium will have a retractable pitch, ensuring that the quality of the turf remains high regardless of the weather.

Top sights in Saint Petersburg

Kunstkamera

Kunstkamera is a museum with a collection of curiosities. It has a unique collection of antiques, revealing the history and life of many peoples. The museum is also known for its collection of anatomical…

The Hermitage

The most famous museum in St. Petersburg and one of the most visited museums in the world. The Hermitage Museum has a rich collection of exhibits - more than 3 million units. There are first of all paintings,

St. Isaac's Cathedral

The third hightest domed building in the world (102 meters). The length is 111.2 m, width 97.6 m It was built by design of Auguste Montferrand, and the sculptural image of the architect can be found on…