Saint Petersburg

Text: Angela Thien

As the second largest city in Russia after Moscow, Saint Petersburg was once the imperial capital, and due to its extravagant buildings it is often referred to as the ‘most beautiful’ city in the country. For travellers, Saint Petersburg is an arts and culture treasure trove with museums, cathedrals and palaces of fairytale proportions.

Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum

The official residence of Russia’s monarchy, the Winter Palace is actually the fourth Winter Palace to be constructed. Throughout it’s lifetime, the building has seen many major renovations and alterations, once almost being completely rebuilt after a devastating fire. Today, the iconic green and white building which sits between the Palace Square and Palace Embankment is part of a complex of buildings that houses the world famous Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s oldest and largest museums.

Nevsky Prospect

Planned by Peter the Great as a grand road to Novgorod and Moscow, today Nevsky Prospect is known for the Kazan Cathedral,  Stroganov Palace, Great Gostiny Dvor the city’s oldest shopping centre, and many other famous monuments.

Peter and Paul Fortress

Designed by Domenico Trezzini, the Peter and Paul Fortress served as the original citadel of St. Petersburg. It has a long and rather violent history of being used as a prison and execution ground by the bolshevik government. Today however, the fortress has been adapted to become part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History, and a must-see stop for any traveller.

Get to Saint Petersburg

Thai Airways flies to Moscow directly from Bangkok. Trains and high speed trains connect Moscow to Saint Petersburg, with many daily departures.