Sightseeing tips for St. Petersburg during the World Cup in Russia
The 2018 World Cup is coming and today let´s discover the second largest Russian city that will also host the big event. St. Petersburg has a little more than 5 million inhabitants and is considered the cultural capital of the country with a multitude of leisure options. The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out below the list of activities that you can see before or after the games!
St. Petersburg, also affectionately called ‘’Peter’’ by locals, is breathtaking. It is in the city of the czars that the Arena Zenit (Saint Petersburg Stadium) is located, inaugurated in June of 2017 for the Confederations Cup. The Arena will receive 7 games, among them is a semi-final. Its capacity is 70 thousand fans.
- 15/06 – 18h – Morocco X Iran
- 19/06 – 21h – Russia X Egypt
- 22/06 – 15h – Brazil X Costa Rica
- 26/06 – 21h – Nigeria X Argentina
- 03/07 -17 h – Round of 16
- 10/07 – 9PM – Semi-final
- 14/07 – 17h – Play-off for third place
Between one game and another of the World Cup, it’s worth checking out the greatest attractions of this charming city full of historical monuments.The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood
The Cathedral of the Spilled Blood impresses from the outside and inside, it is the postcard of St. Petersburg, all decorated with gold, mosaics and altars carved in colorful marble. The architecture of the cathedral was inspired by St. Basil’s Cathedral, that beautiful one that is in the Red Square in Moscow.The State Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)
The Hermitage Museum is a must stop for anyone visiting St. Petersburg. It is the most famous museum in Russia and one of the largest museums of Western art in the world. To avoid the gigantic queues buy tickets online and separate at least 3 hours for the visit. You will be amazed by the architectural beauty and richness of the artworks of this museum, it is a must see!Palace Square
The Palace Square is the main square of the city, in front of the square you will find the Winter Palace which houses the famous Hermitage museum; And in the center, the Alexander Column, erected in honor of Emperor Alexander I in commemoration of his victory over Napoleon. Already the Winter Palace was built to be served as winter residence of the Russian czars and their families. Made in rococo style, between 1754 and 1762.St. Isaac s Cathedral
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest orthodox church in the city and one of the largest in the world. This church that we see today, as the rule in St. Petersburg is, is pure ostentation. For you to have an idea, its dome is covered with about 100 kilos of gold and inside it are more than 300 kilos of gold coating pieces, altars and pillars. Be sure to climb to the viewpoint of the main dome from where we have a super beautiful view of the city.Nevsky prospect
The Nevsky Prospekt or Nevsky Avenue is the main street of St. Petersburg, full of shops, bars, restaurants, pubs and night clubs. Still walking along Nevsky Avenue notice the beautiful and imposing Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan whose construction was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s of the Vatican, it is one of the rare examples of the Empire style.Spit of Vasilievsky Island (Strelka)
The Arrow of Vasilievsky Island (Strelka), is another charming place that offers incredible views of the city, great for taking beautiful photos and contemplating the sunset.Sightseeing Cruise via Rivers & Canals
The boat ride along the Rio Neva crosses the river in different routes and durations. Boats depart from the piers located close to the Hermitage Museum and tickets can be purchased at boats or at the sales kiosks scattered throughout the city. It’s a very interesting and beautiful tour, well worth it!
Another tip is to do the night cruise through the St. Petersburg channels. During the tour, you will be able to watch the drawbridges at the time of their opening, will go by the Fontanka River to see the mansions of St. Petersburg, full of night lights; will return to the river Moika to see the illuminated domes of the Spilled Blood Church. It is a breathtaking spectacle!Peterhof
The Petergof or “The Russian Versailles” is a complex full of beauty and luxury on all sides. It includes palaces, over 120 fountains and beautiful gardens. The most impressive and pleasant way to reach Petergof is by boat, the route passes through the Gulf of Finland and the journey time is about 50 minutes, the boat leaves the dock outside the Winter Palace. Book all day to take this tour calmly, it is a must-see!
In addition to these must-see places, St. Petersburg has much more to offer to its visitors!
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