#Innsider’s guide to St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is the second biggest city in Russia, so choosing what to do can be tricky! Our Innsider guide unearths some of the more obscure activities as well as local delicacies and tips. Enjoy our innsight to this cultural gem.
Starts of the White Nights
Created in 1993, Stars of the White Nights is now one of the biggest cultural events in St. Petersburg and is considered amongst the ten best music festivals in the world. Taking place from 28 May – 31 July 2014, the event showcases the best opera and ballet performances of the Mariinsky Theatre. The highlight of the White Nights revelry is the Scarlet Sails, this is the biggest annual public gathering in Russia, with over a million people attending. Mock pirates battle on the River Neva followed by a firework extravaganza, culminating in the appearance of a huge ship!
Go to Mars
St. Petersburg innsiders should head to the Field of Mars for a picnic, this is one of the most popular public meeting spaces in the city. Perfect if you fancy relaxing for a few hours whilst you plan what to do next! The field has had many names in its history and was originally called the Great Meadow, it was even briefly used for military exercises. Visitors to the Field of Mars can also take time to reflect at the “Fighters of Revolution” monument to those who fell during the Russian revolution.
Take a stroll
Journey down the Nevsky Prospekt, this famous street cuts through the center of the city, acting as cultural hub, including restaurants, cafes, shops and a booming nightlife. The scenery isn’t too bad either; Nevsky Prospekt is lined with historic buildings and churches.
Morozhenoe is a famous style of Russian ice-cream, it is much softer and creamier than traditional ice cream you will find in the UK or USA. Try one of the innsiders choices of flavors arbuz (watermelon) or dynya (melon). Find out what makes Russian ice cream so special here
A place to stay
Coming to St. Petersburg? We have three fantastic destinations in the city, including our conference centre in Pribaltiyskaya which can host up to 1500 people! The Park Inn Nevsky hotel is located in the centre of the city giving you easy access to the majority of attractions. The Pulkovskaya hotel provides convenient access to the airport as well as short journey in to downtown St. Petersburg
What are your favourite tips on seeing the best of St. Petersburg? Share your #innsider tips on Twitter @parkinn to help others when planning a visit!