The "Venice" of Russia and only 4 hours away by the very comfortable Sapsan high speed train is a must visit for everyone who lives in Moscow. St. Petersburg feels completely different, with it's small size, charming architecture and bay location. It feels more European than Moscow, but is definitely also more touristy. If you know where to go, besides the major highlights it is a great weekend getaway! And the best thing is that you can do everything on foot!
At the moment only parks are open and Kazan Cathedral.
Sightseeing our top 10:
*Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Saint Issac's Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral
*Summer garden a beautiful park with marble statues
*Hermitage Museum inside the Winter palace. The collection is overwhelming, we suggest to make a plan before visit och take a guide.
*Faberge museum - breathtaking collection of Imperial Easter Eggs, family friendly. Located in an amazing palace
*State Russian museum great collection of Russian artists, our favorites are in the Benois wing
*Mariinsky Theater, famous for its interiors and ballet performances
*Catherine Palace only 40 minutes away with taxi. Breathtaking palace and garden, famous for its Amber Room
*Peterhof Palace 30 minutes away with hydrofoil boat, beautiful garden and fountains
*Peter and Paul Fortress, family friendly tour on the walls for the best Neva river views
*New Holland Area, modern development on a small island with cool shops, cafes, restaurants and a nice playground for kids
On our latest St Petersburg trip we got to know Maria who just started her career as a guide. Maria was knowledgeable, great with kids, very efficient and pleasant. Maria does tours in English. Her instagram account is hopontour.
Maria's phone is +7 981 895 05 67.
*Hotel Rossi- comfortable & luxurious
*Kaleydoskop design in Rubinsteyna Ulitsa - simple, cheap & cozy https://www.booking.com/hotel/ru/kaleidockop.htm
*Welcome apartment Nevsky - modern fresh studios in the center, great price
It takes around 7 hours to drive from Moscow to St Petersburg, the pay-road is very modern. We recommend though to bring some food for the trip as there are not many nice options along the road.
All restaurants are open for outdoor dining and take out right now.
*Saviv Bistro - super tasty Israeli bistro. Spicy!
*Jerome - great Italian, perfect for families
* Mechtateli (dreamers) - gourmet breakfasts and lunches. Outdoor sitting.
* Terassa - Ginza Project, great view, rich meny with good food. Outdoor sitting.
* Duo gastrobar - trendy Mediterranean food
* Duo asia - great Asian in a cool setting on popular Rubinshtein street
* Mansarda - Ginza project, great view, ok food. Outdoor sitting.
* Korushka - short walk from Petropavlosk fortress, Ginza, great view! Outdoor sitting.
* Probka - Italian, modern, great food
* Stroganoff Steak House - close to Saint Isaac's Cathedral, great steaks, ask them not to put salt on your fries;-) Outdoor sitting.
Our absolute favorite street for bars&restaurants is Rubinsteyna Ulitsa, 5 minutes away from the busy tourist crowd and many great restaurants, bars, lunch places and a nice Jazz bar. Don't leave St. Pete's without having been in this lively street at night.
Great tip with kids: visit the Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum.
Here you will find Russian highlights in miniature size. https://grandmaket.ru/en
Enjoy this beautiful city!
Photo credits: Restaurant websites, Tripadvisor and Bianca Gommers