Welcome back! Earlier this year, I spent 3 full days (5 in total with one for travel from Finland and to Sweden) exploring the beautiful city of St.Petersburg, Russia. Here you can find my first impressions of the city alongside advice on transportation and planning your trip!
Day #3 St.Petersburg
On Day #1 of our trip, we roamed around the historic city centre and took a beautiful canal ride up the Neva! Day #2 of our trip included a visit to the beautiful gardens of Peterhof and an unforgettable show of Swan Lake, performed at the Hermitage! Day #3 of our trip was entirely devoted to exploring the inside of the Hermitage and taking one last stroll down Nevsky Prospekt in search of an enticing patio and a great souvenir shop – success! Here’s a snapshot from our last full day in St.Petersburg.
Boasting one of the largest art collections in the world, we decided to reserve the entire morning and early afternoon of our last day in St.Petersburg for wandering the Hermitage, located in Palace Square, featuring the Alexandre Column, and situated opposite the beautiful arc design pictured below.
Welcome to Day #2 of our 3-day discovery of St.Petersburg, Russia! On our first full day in St.Petersburg, we explored the historic centre of the city on foot and via boat cruise down the Neva River. On the agenda for our second full day in the city was a visit to Peterhof – meaning “Peter’s Court” in German – followed by a performance of Swan Lake at the Hermitage, the highlight of our trip.
Getting a feel for the “real” St.Petersburg
We packed a picnic lunch and hopped on the matushka bus to the palace. Matushka buses are like mini-buses and can be boarded at Avtovo metro station – don’t worry, you’ll know which one is destined to Peterhof by the signs, which are in English, and the enthusiastic driver assistants calling for you to jump on board.
The benefit of taking the bus was getting an insight look at what St.Petersburg is actually like, outside the gilded walls of the famous city. Contrary to the coloured palaces that line the streets of the Nevky Prospekt, these concrete buildings, and ancient trams were a little more along the lines of what we expected to see in the former USSR.