The 45 best sights in St. Petersburg – descriptions and photos

20 unusual sights of St. Petersburg.

No guidebook will fit all the interesting places in St. Petersburg: there are thousands of them.

Usually on their first trip to the city, tourists watch the ballet at the Mariinsky, climb the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, ride the rivers and canals, and go from bar to bar on Rubinstein. All of these sights are really worth seeing. If you haven’t been to St. Petersburg, take a walk on a ready-made tourist itinerary.

I live in St. Petersburg and love discovering new and curious places in the city. In this article I am sharing the sights worth seeing if you have already walked along Nevsky Prospect and admired the masterpieces of the Hermitage.

Since November 15, 2021 to enter all museums, theaters and restaurants adults will have to show a QR code. Children and teenagers under 18 will be allowed in as before.

Peter the Great Botanical Garden

How much does it cost to enter: 250 P for adults, 100 P for children Login time: 2-3 hours Working time: in winter the Arboretum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, ticket office – until 16:30, Monday off. Greenhouses are open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday off.

From October 30, 2021 tickets are sold only at the regular ticket offices, and adults will have to show a QR code.

Peter the Great Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Russia. In 1713 Peter I ordered to establish the Aptekarsky garden on Voron island to grow medicinal herbs. The island was renamed Aptekarsky, and the garden gradually expanded. Now it is the Botanical Garden of the Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The garden is divided into arboretum and greenhouses. In the arboretum park there are maples, oaks, elms, lindens, birches and larches. In March, snowdrops and crocuses bloom, and in May – magnolia and sakura. In summer you can see the lady’s slipper orchid – a northern orchid, a remarkably beautiful plant from the Red Book – in bloom.

The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden have subtropical and tropical plants from all over the planet. This is the fifth largest collection in the world. Camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas bloom, palms and cork oaks grow in the greenhouses. If you come here in winter or early spring, when you are tired of the gray sky and eternal precipitation, it is like visiting a resort.

You may go for a walk in the arboretum park on your own, but you can visit greenhouses only with a guide. There are three routes: subtropical, tropical and water, which runs in the summer. The tour takes 50 minutes, the ticket costs 500 P, reduced price – 350 P. Children under 4 years of age are not allowed: you can enter the greenhouses with them if you choose the format of the “walk” under the supervision of a guide, but without a tour. There is no time limit. Walks are available on festival days and weekends.

If you have a ticket for the greenhouse route, you don’t need to pay for park admission. On Tuesdays and Thursdays admission to the park arboretum is 100 P .

Periodically, the Botanical Garden hosts festivals. For example, every year in the second half of February there is a festival “Thaw of feelings”. Evening walks among blooming azaleas and camellias are organized for guests. In early March, there is an exhibition of tulips. Check the Botanical Garden website for a schedule and ticket prices.

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For the Maple Festival in October 2021, admission cost 600 P for adults and 350 P for children from 4 years old. In November, there is a painting exhibition – you can get in with any ticket to the garden.

You can’t bring bicycles into the park, but you can bring strollers. For wheelchair access, it’s best to use someone’s help, because there are steps on the trails. In winter, only the entrance from Prof. Popova Street works. At the end of April the ticket office moves to the entrance on the Karpovka side – keep this in mind when planning your itinerary.

The Grand Model Russia.

Site: grandmaket.ru How much is the entrance: from 14 years old – 800 R, children from 3 to 13 years old – 420 R Time of visiting: 1,5-2 hours Working time: 10:00-20:00

In “Grand Maquet” you can see how much Russia has: forests, mountains, railroads, factories, snow-covered taiga and palm trees on the sea shore. All of this is displayed in the form of models with moving objects and figures: trains and cars moving, cranes lifting cargo, chickens pecking at grain. There are special buttons to press to set some object in motion.

Layouts are divided into sectors, such as the Black Sea coast, the Northwest, and the Urals. Some of the designations are not geographical, but thematic: a secret plant, a ski resort. Visitors stand and guess what it is: Krasnaya Polyana or Dombai.

No need to wait for models to match real life. It’s not a geographical map, but an exhibition of sights and scenes from life. I was born in Karelia, and I was happy when I saw a model of a church in the Northwest sector, which resembled the Church of Transfiguration on Kizhi. But in reality the island is on Lake Onega, and here – on the river. But the signature on the model doesn’t promise Kizhi. It says simply: “Wooden Architecture”.

Scenes from life are meant to be humorous. For example, in “Two rams” jeeps don’t share the road and their owners figure things out. In “The Banished Husband,” a man stands in his underpants in front of a hotel building while an enraged woman yells at him from the window. I don’t find them funny, but many people disagree with me.

The museum has a cafe, and there are hygiene dispensers in the restrooms. This is a rarity for Russian museums, and visitors are as delighted as the Grand Maquette itself.

One hour tour costs 3800 R . Entrance fees are not included in this amount. You can order the tour by phone (+7 812) 495-54-65 or fill in the form on the website. To get around on your own and learn more about the history and geography of Russia, take an audioguide at the ticket office. Rental costs 300 R, a deposit of 500 R.

Vitebsky vokzal

Location: Central district Nearest metro station: “Pushkinskaya”, “Zvenigorodskaya” Website: vitebsky.dzvr.ru Open time: 30 minutes

Most of the stations are not very nice places. To go there for a tour can cause bewilderment, but Vitebsky – an exception: it is quiet and not crowded. The station receives few trains. From there trains to Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine leave – there are almost more people with cameras here than passengers. There are two reasons for this.

Vitebsky is the oldest station in Russia. Its first wooden building opened in 1837. The stone Art Nouveau building, which we see today, was built in 1904. It is on the list of objects of cultural heritage of peoples of Russia and is protected by the state. The interior of the vestibule has been preserved: the front staircase with a marble railing, stained-glass windows, stucco panels, and ancient navigation inscriptions “Exit”.

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The second reason why photoshoots are often organized at the Vitebsk station is the beautiful openwork metal covers over the platforms. It looks especially atmospheric when at the station is a retro train with a black smoke-blowing locomotive. On it you can go to Tsarskoe Selo. For a fee you will be given a guided tour of the Vitebsk and Tsarskoselsky railway stations, and along the way will be told about the history of Russian railroads. The ticket costs 1400 P for adults, 1200 P for children under 16, kids under 3 years old are free. Dates of excursions clarify on the site of RZD-tour.

At Vitebsk railway station like to make movies about pre-revolutionary life. For example you can see it in “The State Councilor” or “Anna Karenina”.

Vasileostrovsky market

Where is it located: Vasilevsky Island Nearest metro station: Vasileostrovskaya Website: vo-market.ru Time to visit: 2-3 hours Working time: market – 09:00-21:00, the courtyard and restaurants – 12:00-22:00, on Friday and Saturday – until 23:00

Tasty food is one of the favorite entertainments of St. Petersburg citizens. In the space “Sevkabel Port” weekend markets are called that: “They love to eat.”

Vasileostrovsky Market opened in the summer of 2019 and immediately became one of the most popular places to hang out on Saturday and Sunday. It was set up in the 18th-century building of the St. Andrew’s Market. One hall is devoted to the trading row, where they sell fish, meat, cheeses, honey, fruits and vegetables, pickles and jams. Honey from the Voronezh region costs 1400 R per kg, litchi – 1200 R per kg and Baku tomatoes “Bull’s heart”, tasty and fragrant even in winter – 600 R per kg.

The second hall, where city residents and guests have a rest, is a food hall with corners from Moscow and St. Petersburg restaurateurs. They sell Dagestan, Vietnamese, Indian and other world cuisines, seafood, coffee, teas, cocktails and pastries. A full list of residents is available on the website. One of the most popular establishments is Bo’s Corner, familiar to Muscovites. A nearly one-liter portion of Vietnamese pho bo soup there costs 390 P.

You can come to the central square of Vasileostrovsky market for breakfast from 8 am. In summer they open a courtyard there, where it will be nice to sit and eat.

Bolshoi Puppet Theater

Location: Central District Nearest metro station: Chernyshevskaya, Mayakovskaya Website: puppets.ru Time to visit: from 1 hour Cash desk opening hours: 10:30-20:00

Bolshoi Puppet Theater, or BTK, is the oldest puppet theater in Russia. It is often perceived as a place to go only with children: the playbill has 40 productions for young viewers. But the repertoire of the BTC also includes many wonderful performances for adults: performances-concerts to texts by Bashlachev, Letov and Vysotsky, improvisations on themes from the Old Testament, productions based on the novel “We” by Zamyatin or on “Life of Insects” by Pelevin. I really like the play “Repentance and Forgiveness” based on Pushkin’s novels “The Station Ranger” and “The Snowstorm”.

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20 unusual sights of St. Petersburg.

No guidebook will fit all the interesting places in St. Petersburg: there are thousands of them.

Usually on their first trip to the city, tourists watch the ballet at the Mariinsky, climb the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, ride the rivers and canals, and go from bar to bar on Rubinstein. All of these sights are really worth seeing. If you haven’t been to St. Petersburg, take a walk on a ready-made tourist itinerary.

I live in St. Petersburg and love discovering new and curious places in the city. In this article I am sharing the sights worth seeing if you have already walked along Nevsky Prospect and admired the masterpieces of the Hermitage.

Since November 15, 2021 to enter all museums, theaters and restaurants adults will have to show a QR code. Children and teenagers under 18 will be allowed in as before.

Peter the Great Botanical Garden

How much does it cost to enter: 250 P for adults, 100 P for children Login time: 2-3 hours Working time: in winter the Arboretum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, ticket office – until 16:30, Monday off. Greenhouses are open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday off.

From October 30, 2021 tickets are sold only at the regular ticket offices, and adults will have to show a QR code.

Peter the Great Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Russia. In 1713 Peter I ordered to establish the Aptekarsky garden on Voron island to grow medicinal herbs. The island was renamed Aptekarsky, and the garden gradually expanded. Now it is the Botanical Garden of the Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The garden is divided into arboretum and greenhouses. In the arboretum park there are maples, oaks, elms, lindens, birches and larches. In March, snowdrops and crocuses bloom, and in May – magnolia and sakura. In summer you can see the lady’s slipper orchid – a northern orchid, a remarkably beautiful plant from the Red Book – in bloom.

The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden have subtropical and tropical plants from all over the planet. This is the fifth largest collection in the world. Camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas bloom, palms and cork oaks grow in the greenhouses. If you come here in winter or early spring, when you are tired of the gray sky and eternal precipitation, it is like visiting a resort.

You may go for a walk in the arboretum park on your own, but you can visit greenhouses only with a guide. There are three routes: subtropical, tropical and water, which runs in the summer. The tour takes 50 minutes, the ticket costs 500 P, reduced price – 350 P. Children under 4 years of age are not allowed: you can enter the greenhouses with them if you choose the format of the “walk” under the supervision of a guide, but without a tour. There is no time limit. Walks are available on festival days and weekends.

If you have a ticket for the greenhouse route, you don’t need to pay for park admission. On Tuesdays and Thursdays admission to the park arboretum is 100 P .

Periodically, the Botanical Garden hosts festivals. For example, every year in the second half of February there is a festival “Thaw of feelings”. Evening walks among blooming azaleas and camellias are organized for guests. In early March, there is an exhibition of tulips. Check the Botanical Garden website for a schedule and ticket prices.

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For the Maple Festival in October 2021, admission cost 600 P for adults and 350 P for children from 4 years old. In November, there is a painting exhibition – you can get in with any ticket to the garden.

You can’t bring bicycles into the park, but you can bring strollers. For wheelchair access, it’s best to use someone’s help, because there are steps on the trails. In winter, only the entrance from Prof. Popova Street works. At the end of April the ticket office moves to the entrance on the Karpovka side – keep this in mind when planning your itinerary.

The Grand Model Russia.

Site: grandmaket.ru How much is the entrance: from 14 years old – 800 R, children from 3 to 13 years old – 420 R Time of visiting: 1,5-2 hours Working time: 10:00-20:00

In “Grand Maquet” you can see how much Russia has: forests, mountains, railroads, factories, snow-covered taiga and palm trees on the sea shore. All of this is displayed in the form of models with moving objects and figures: trains and cars moving, cranes lifting cargo, chickens pecking at grain. There are special buttons to press to set some object in motion.

Layouts are divided into sectors, such as the Black Sea coast, the Northwest, and the Urals. Some of the designations are not geographical, but thematic: a secret plant, a ski resort. Visitors stand and guess what it is: Krasnaya Polyana or Dombai.

No need to wait for models to match real life. It’s not a geographical map, but an exhibition of sights and scenes from life. I was born in Karelia, and I was happy when I saw a model of a church in the Northwest sector, which resembled the Church of Transfiguration on Kizhi. But in reality the island is on Lake Onega, and here – on the river. But the signature on the model doesn’t promise Kizhi. It says simply: “Wooden Architecture”.

Scenes from life are meant to be humorous. For example, in “Two rams” jeeps don’t share the road and their owners figure things out. In “The Banished Husband,” a man stands in his underpants in front of a hotel building while an enraged woman yells at him from the window. I don’t find them funny, but many people disagree with me.

The museum has a cafe, and there are hygiene dispensers in the restrooms. This is a rarity for Russian museums, and visitors are as delighted as the Grand Maquette itself.

One hour tour costs 3800 R . Entrance fees are not included in this amount. You can order the tour by phone (+7 812) 495-54-65 or fill in the form on the website. To get around on your own and learn more about the history and geography of Russia, take an audioguide at the ticket office. Rental costs 300 R, a deposit of 500 R.

Vitebsky vokzal

Location: Central district Nearest metro station: “Pushkinskaya”, “Zvenigorodskaya” Website: vitebsky.dzvr.ru Open time: 30 minutes

Most of the stations are not very nice places. To go there for a tour can cause bewilderment, but Vitebsky – an exception: it is quiet and not crowded. The station receives few trains. From there trains to Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine leave – there are almost more people with cameras here than passengers. There are two reasons for this.

Vitebsky is the oldest station in Russia. Its first wooden building opened in 1837. The stone Art Nouveau building, which we see today, was built in 1904. It is on the list of objects of cultural heritage of peoples of Russia and is protected by the state. The interior of the vestibule has been preserved: the front staircase with a marble railing, stained-glass windows, stucco panels, and ancient navigation inscriptions “Exit”.

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The second reason why photoshoots are often organized at the Vitebsk station is the beautiful openwork metal covers over the platforms. It looks especially atmospheric when at the station is a retro train with a black smoke-blowing locomotive. On it you can go to Tsarskoe Selo. For a fee you will be given a guided tour of the Vitebsk and Tsarskoselsky railway stations, and along the way will be told about the history of Russian railroads. The ticket costs 1400 P for adults, 1200 P for children under 16, kids under 3 years old are free. Dates of excursions clarify on the site of RZD-tour.

At Vitebsk railway station like to make movies about pre-revolutionary life. For example you can see it in “The State Councilor” or “Anna Karenina”.

Vasileostrovsky market

Where is it located: Vasilevsky Island Nearest metro station: Vasileostrovskaya Website: vo-market.ru Time to visit: 2-3 hours Working time: market – 09:00-21:00, the courtyard and restaurants – 12:00-22:00, on Friday and Saturday – until 23:00

Tasty food is one of the favorite entertainments of St. Petersburg citizens. In the space “Sevkabel Port” weekend markets are called that: “They love to eat.”

Vasileostrovsky Market opened in the summer of 2019 and immediately became one of the most popular places to hang out on Saturday and Sunday. It was set up in the 18th-century building of the St. Andrew’s Market. One hall is devoted to the trading row, where they sell fish, meat, cheeses, honey, fruits and vegetables, pickles and jams. Honey from the Voronezh region costs 1400 R per kg, litchi – 1200 R per kg and Baku tomatoes “Bull’s heart”, tasty and fragrant even in winter – 600 R per kg.

The second hall, where city residents and guests have a rest, is a food hall with corners from Moscow and St. Petersburg restaurateurs. They sell Dagestan, Vietnamese, Indian and other world cuisines, seafood, coffee, teas, cocktails and pastries. A full list of residents is available on the website. One of the most popular establishments is Bo’s Corner, familiar to Muscovites. A nearly one-liter portion of Vietnamese pho bo soup there costs 390 P.

You can come to the central square of Vasileostrovsky market for breakfast from 8 am. In summer they open a courtyard there, where it will be nice to sit and eat.

Bolshoi Puppet Theater

Location: Central District Nearest metro station: Chernyshevskaya, Mayakovskaya Website: puppets.ru Time to visit: from 1 hour Cash desk opening hours: 10:30-20:00

Bolshoi Puppet Theater, or BTK, is the oldest puppet theater in Russia. It is often perceived as a place to go only with children: the playbill has 40 productions for young viewers. But the repertoire of the BTC also includes many wonderful performances for adults: performances-concerts to texts by Bashlachev, Letov and Vysotsky, improvisations on themes from the Old Testament, productions based on the novel “We” by Zamyatin or on “Life of Insects” by Pelevin. I really like the play “Repentance and Forgiveness” based on Pushkin’s novels “The Station Ranger” and “The Snowstorm”.

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