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Saint Petersburg

A coating of European architecture still won't hide this city's Russian heart.

Russia’s most glorious city has shaken its Leningrad shell. It’s never liked limits anyway. Built by Peter the Great in a swamp three centuries ago to Europeanize his "backward" "Asian" nation, St. Pete borrowed styles from Venice (the canals) and Paris (the palaces) – the perfect setting for long walks along the famous Nevsky Prospekt and all of the canals mentioned in Dostoyevsky novels. Start at the green-and-white Winter Palace, which houses one of the world’s great art collections at the Hermitage complex, then get a view of the city from atop St. Isaac’s Cathedral just to the south, and cross the river to the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress. After checking a few of the many good museums in town – including the Blockade Museum (documenting the Nazi siege during WWII), the Pushkin Flat-Museum (where the great poet died after his duel in 1837), and the Museum of Erotica, where you can see Rasputin’s embalmed penis (!) – take a canal cruise or even a day trip to Peterhof, the Czar’s Versailles-style palace. "Mini hotels" have taken over the old commie-hotel scene, but unless you’re okay with a dorm room expect to pay the equivalent of $100 a night. But save some rubles for opera at the Marinsky, a drink in the DJ-fed bars and Russia’s most diverse and delicious dining scene.

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A Walking Tour of St. Petersburg

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Begin at ploshchad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square). Extending the length of the western side of the square, with its back to the river, is th...

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  • Hier wurde Geschichte geschrieben. Eine der schönsten Städte die ich kenne.
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  • Best city of Russia, for sure.
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  • A city where the history, culture, art, architecture join and surround the visitor. To walk between the palaces and water canals in any season is a pleasure. A romantic city too, where the new married couples can enjoy while hide in some fancy restaurant, or just to walk together trough the parks. Saint Petersburg is a experience.
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  • I live here, it's gorgeous!
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  • st cool
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  • Wunderschöne Stadt, die auf dem Reissbrett geplant wurde. Zarenprunk, tolle Museen, lange Abende: In der nördlichsten Metropole der Welt bleibt es im Sommer sehr lang hell. Ich bin ein Fan!
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  • Самый любимый город !!!!!
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  • Unglaublich schöne Stadt an der Newa, daher auch Venedig des Nordens genannt!
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  • Eine schöhnere Stadt gibt es überhapt nicht. Питер, это кайф!!!
    about a decade ago report abuse
  • Культурная столица России!
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  • beautiful and great! awesome architecture...
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  • Город с настоящими людьми!
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  • beautiful and great! awesome architecture...
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