72 Hours in St Petersburg
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
St Petersburg is known as the city of a thousand palaces, and as soon as you enter the city it's not hard to see why. The grandeur of the architecture is incredible here. Everything is very opulent and golden. Compared to Moscow, you can see that it was heavily influenced by its European neighbours. St Petersburg is rich in history, and was a favourite meeting place for the nobility. There's lots to see here, from the famous Hermitage, to the charming canals, to the stunning cathedrals. The food is also amazing, and depending where you choose to eat it can be quite cheap as well.
The metro system isn't as large as the one in Moscow, and the stops aren't really near many of the main attractions, but it does come in handy. You can buy a card that gives you 10 journeys, which I'd recommend since you won't be using it a lot. The metro system is actually one of the deepest in the world! Our hotel was located right next to a metro stop, so we could easily get closer to the centre. We stayed at Hotel Esplanada (15% off booking using code "krista2019") which was only a short walk or Uber ride to the main train station. It also sits along one of the canals which was nice to wake up to in the morning. You can read my review of the hotel here. Uber rides are very cheap, which is useful if your feet are tired! We travelled to St Petersburg via train from Tallinn in Estonia. We opted to buy normal seats rather than beds since we weren't travelling overnight - it was much cheaper this way.
Most of the attractions are overcrowded, which makes getting nice pictures difficult. If you wake up at sunrise you can head to your favourite spots and get photos without the crowds in the background! It's a great idea, because everywhere is deserted and you can take a moment to enjoy each place in peace! Check out my top picks for things to see in the city below!
1. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
2. Shop at the Eliseyev Emporium
3. Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan
4. Marvel at the State Hermitage Museum
5. Faberge Museum
6. Catherine the Great Palace
7. Check Out Saint Isaac's Cathedral
8. Hop on a River Cruise with Anglotourismo
9. Catch a Show at the Mariinsky Theatre
10. Look Up at the Admiralty Building
11. Explore the History Behind Yusupov Palace
12. Find a Bit of Egypt in Russia
13. Eat the City's Best Donuts
14. The Cabin of Tsar Peter the Great
15. Peter and Paul Fortress
16. Pelmenya: Dumplings from All Over the World
17. Peterhof Palace
Thinking of visiting St Petersburg? Drop me a message if you have any questions!