#Innsider’s guide: things to do in St. Petersburg

Start checking off those St. Petersburg bucket list items on your next trip to Russia. First time traveler? Here are 6 tips that should be at the very top of things to do in St. Petersburg! Plus, whatever corner of St. Petersburg you want to make your base, remember there’s always a Park Inn close by:

Choose between the Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya,  Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky St. Petersburg Hotel or the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya St.Petersburg.


1. The Hermitage Museum

The #1 spot in the list of ‘things to do in St. Petersburg goes to the Hermitage Museum inside the Winter Palace. A building so large you can get lost among its intricate designs and architecture alone! You will be amazed at the selection hidden inside. Three million art pieces have a special space in this gigantic palace. Meaning you need to set aside a day to wander its historically-clad walls and floors. We recommend getting tickets in advance online or booking with a tour company in peak season.

St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum

© The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

2. St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice

The Russian Ballet is certainly something you want to catch at least once in a lifetime. However, why not step it up a notch and watch Swan Lake on Ice. With the delicacy of a feather bending in the wind. And the sharp excitement of metal carving quickly across the ice, this is a show to remember. Throughout the year, you can get wrapped up in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker and more by the famous P.Tchaikovsky. Grab some tickets and head down to St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice.

St. Petersburg Swan lake Ballet on ice

© St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice

3. A walk down Nevsky Prospekt

Whether it is on your list or not, chances are, you are going to tick it off anyway. This is the main street in St. Petersburg and it’s absolutely worth a spot on your bucket list. This huge boulevard cuts through the historical center of the city. It’s lined with palaces and architecturally satisfying buildings. You will find huge shopping centers, vintage style restaurants, magnificent public art and more. A walk down Nevsky Prospekt speaks for itself so forgo the metro and stretch those legs.

St Petersburg Nevsky Prospekt

4. Peterhof Palace

The Peterhof Museum Complex was built to amaze and never falls short. With enough fountains to form an army and magnificent buildings that withstood wars. This is the place to be when looking to be awed. Although the area was almost completed destroyed in WWII, you won’t find much evidence of damage today. Everything has been rebuilt and now the buildings, scattered across five hundred hectares of territory, house over 20 museums. Come and see this ‘Russian Versailles’, home of Peter the Great.

St. Petersburg Peterhof fountain

5. Church on the Blood

You will certainly need a camera if you plan on remembering every detail of this magnificent church. But a trip here is something you could never possibly forget. Church on the Blood in St. Petersburg is decorated and designed in a way that stretches your imagination. It’ll have you contemplating it long after you leave its doors. Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood, got its name from the bloodied ground it was built upon. Alexander II was assassinated on this very spot. Therefore, the Imperial Family and thousands of private donors funded the church to be built in his memory. It should definitely be on your list of things to do in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg inside Jesus Christ on Blood church

6. Getting snaps of ornate Russian Bridges

There are a couple of photo opportunities you need to take when in St. Petersburg. Get ready to flood your followers’ Instagrams with jealousy-inducing pics. There are so many bridges joining sections of the city that it has been called the ‘Venice of the North’. So wait for candy floss colored skies, and head out on an architectural hunt. You’ll soon fill your Facebook travel album with spectacular sites.

St. Petersburg sunset Cathedral and bridge

So, once you’ve gotten though the list of things to do in St. Petersburg, why not do some exploring. Soak up the culture, people-watch at a quaint restaurant and experience the city with a new set of eyes. A comfy room with awesome services may not be on your bucket list but it will make for a better stay. So book with Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya St.Petersburg. Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya .Or  Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky St. Petersburg Hotel and make this a trip to remember.

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