The Great Escape - Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Favorite city of our sweet Catherine who lived there for 7 years!
Visit St. Petersburg in June to step into the enchanting “White Nights” when the sun only sets for a few hours a night, a perfect chance to experience it all. An exceptionally fulfilling city for the cultural vultures.
The temperature is around 20C / 68F, so go for a comfy jean + t-shirt combo and a cool jacket.
Catherine’s top tips for St Petersburg
- A river cruise is a must in the city that is nicknamed “Venice of the North” due to its 93 rivers and channels.
- Book a ticket for the world famous “Swan Lake” at the Marinskiy Theatre for an unforgettable night.
- Whatever your beliefs may be, a visit to St. Petersburg would not be complete without seeing at least one of the breathtaking Churches. Visit our blog for our top recommendations including the Church of the Savior and the Kazan Cathedral.
- Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood on the Griboyedov embarkment – one of the main sights and well, it looks like the postcard you have in your head of St. Petersburg with brightly coloured domes. It has the largest mosaic in all Europe.
- Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – the gold dome of this Cathedral dominates the city skyline and you can climb the 262 steps to look out over the city. The Cathedral is also open as a museum. From here wonder down to the see the statue of Peter the Great, considered one of the symbols of the city. It’s called, The Bronze Horseman, after a poem by Alexander Pushkin, one of the most significant works of Russian literature. Who said learning wasn’t fun!!
- Kazan Cathedral is huge and awe inspiring with its many pillars and lavish interior. It became a memorial to the victory over Napoleon. Insider tip – need a cuppa, head to the Singer Cafe right in front, where you can have a lunch, enjoy the view and stock up on souvenirs.
- Take a stroll along the main street, Nevsky Prospect, and embrace the beauty of the city.
- Head to the Palace Square and spend a day at the Hermitage Museum spread across 6 buildings.
- May sound random but watching the bridges opening up at night was one of my favorite things to do! It is truly enchanting with all the lights shimmering on the water and a perfect spot for a romantic moment.