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Russia had been on my bucket list for ages before my first visit last Autumn. I spent a long weekend in beautiful St. Petersburg, and in spite of the cold, the city had me completely sold. I recently saw Anna Karenina as a ballet at the Norwegian Opera, and it had me dreaming back to the days spent strolling around Nevski Prospekt, trying to stay warm. That’s why I was incredibly happy when Vivian approached me with an idea for a guest post about the city!
Since I only had four days to spend there, I didn’t get to discover all the great things to do in St. Petersburg, but Vivian has spent the last few years of her life living in Russia! This makes her the perfect author for this post, and I’m so excited to share it with you, together with the photos I took on my trip last year. St. Petersburg really is one of my favourites, and I know there are lots of great places to go in Russia.
St. Petersburg is not too far away from the beautiful Kizhi Island, which is located in the second largest lake in Europe!
They don’t call Saint Petersburg the ‘Venice of the North’ for nothing! Other than rowing a boat down the canals, there are so many things to do in this world-class destination! People love the picturesque baroque bridges, the treasures housed in the Hermitage, and so much more. Now let me tell you about the things I love in this city.
For me, it doesn’t make sense to come all the way to Saint Petersburg and not visit the Hermitage, especially when it is free to explore for students! It is a MUST for both first timers and returning visitors, a massive treasure trove with timeless art pieces and antiques.
The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is another visually striking sight you must not miss. If you have time, Our-Lady-of-Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospekt and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral on the St. Isaac’s Square are worth checking out too. For the city’s best roof top view, go up to the colonnade of St Isaac’s cathedral. You can thank me later!