Russia is divided into seven federal districts. Located on the delta of the Neva River at the east of the Gulf of Finland, Saint Petersburg is a city in the Northwestern Federal District of Russia. Having international and local railway connections, St.

    Russia is divided into seven federal districts. Located on the delta of the Neva River at the east of the Gulf of Finland, Saint Petersburg is a city in the Northwestern Federal District of Russia. Having international and local railway connections, St. Petersburg is the fundamental transportation hub of the country. In addition to its river ports, St. Petersburg is one of the major ports of Baltic Sea. The city was the capital of the country for two centuries till the Russian Revolution of 1917. Being the 2nd largest city of the country, the city is the west window of Russia opening to the Europe. The center of the city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    It's about 17km from Pulkovo Airport to the city center. If you want to get to your hotel by cab, arrange one at the desk next to the exit gate. You can also get to your hotel by public transportation at a more reasonable price. Buses leave from in front of the airport that will take you to the nearest subway station in 15 minutes.

    There are a range of hotels in St. Petersburg. Some of the upscale hotels are: Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, W St. Petersburg, Astoria Hotel, Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel, Taleon Imperial Hotel, The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel, Radisson Royal Hotel. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out Akyan Saint Petersburg, Comfort Hotel, M-Hotel, Hotel Vera, Art-Hotel Mokhovaya, Nevsky Contour Hotel, Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Tourist Hotel St Petersburg, Galakt Hotel, Hostel Avantage, Underground Hall Hostel, Nordhostel.

    The architectural aspect of the city gives a majestic presence to St. Petersburg. Long boulevards, palaces, vast fields, decorative sculptures and iron fences, public monuments, parks and gardens play the major role at this image of the city. Neva River distinguishes St. Petersburg from the other world cities in a mind-blowing way via its canals, bridges and embankments. St. Petersburg is named as the Venice of the North. Liteyny Bridge connecting Liteyny Prospekt with Vyborgsky district is the second permanent bridge across the Neva River. At night, the bridge has a dazzling appearance. Catherina the Great Statue at the center of the city is one of the most important statues at the square. Summer Garden in front of Summer Palaces at the central St. Petersburg is the oldest park of the city. With its gorgeous views, the garden sharing its name with Summer Palace of Peter the Great engrosses the island between Fontanka, Moika and Swan Canal. Petrodvores at the west of the city are the series of palaces constructed by Peter the Great. Fountains cover a great area on its ground. Grand Palace, Grand Cascade, Water Avenue, Monplaisir (the Peter's original villa) and more magnificent buildings take place in its grandeur. The gardens of this fantastic complex are filled with fountains, alluring pavilions and summerhouses. St. Isaac's Cathedral at Admiralteysky is a large golden dome mastering the skyline of the city. Hermitage Museum harboring a wealthy collection from the Tsarist Russia Term is one of the largest museums of the world. Russian Museum at the center of the city is a unique place for Russian art and culture.

    Fashion boutiques, souvenirs, footwear, food shops, department stores, books and maps, furs lead the shopping culture of the city. Although the retail aspect of the shopping in the city is not so powerful, books and cheap music industry pioneers the shopping charms at the city. With it’s over 50 fashionable salons, Svetlanovsky Shopping World is one of the substantial shopping centers of the city. Boutiques, souvenirs, gifts, clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories and more galleries are harbored under this roof. Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor at 35 Nevsky Pr. is the center for wholesale/retail food and household goods. This shopping center is home to 40.000 different brands. DLT, Moskovsky, Passage Trading House and more compose the department stores at the city. Kuznechy Market at the city center is the most colorful and the most magnificent shopping market in the city. This food and drink market sells the best vegetables and fruits. The thrilling atmosphere of the market is alluring. The traditional smetana (sour cream), kinds of tasty honey and a great range of fruits charm the visitors.

    St. Petersburg has a rich cultural life. Theaters, concert halls, galleries, literature and more generate the substantial culture in the city. St. Petersburg harbors more than 40 theaters. The world famous Mariinsky Theater is the center of traditional St. Petersburg culture. This cultural construction is a historical center for opera in the city. Alexandrinsky Theater is the oldest drama theater in St. Petersburg. The fundamental Russian classical dramas were practiced at this theater. Mussorgsky Opera House is the 2nd largest musical stage of the city. The world classics of opera and ballet are performed at this stage. Akimov Comedy Theater is one of the main stages where comedy plays are performed. Bolshoy Puppet Theater is a stage aiming the kids and the children. Musical Hall is one of the largest spots for light music performances. Bosse's House, Carnival, Ice Palace, Lensoviet Palace of Culture, Municipal Cultural Center, Oktyabrsky, The Philharmonia and more are all large and modern concert venues in St. Petersburg. The city is home to many art galleries. Ross Photograph Gallery, Art-Gorod, D-137, Mikhaylov Gallery, Palitra Gallery, Anna and more are examples from the art venues of the city. St. Petersburg is cited in the novels of Dostoyevsky and in the poems of Pushkin. Dostoyevsky says ‘‘the most deliberate city in the world'' for St. Petersburg. In winter, the city is the place for film and theater festivals. In summer, the entertainment choices shift to venues of the night entertainment. White Nights Dance Festival (annual, June), Russian Winter Festival (annual, December-January), Goodbye Russian Winter (annual, late February) and Osenie Ritmy (Autumn Rhythms) International Jazz Festival are among the major festivals held in the city. Football, skiing, boating and swimming form the main sports activities at St. Petersburg.




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