Must-see attractions in St Petersburg

  • S-189 Submarine Museum

    St Petersburg

    This Whiskey-class Soviet submarine was built in 1954, and – incredibly, once you've looked around inside – served in the Soviet navy until 1990. It has…

  • Brodsky House-Museum

    St Petersburg

    This is the former home of Isaak Brodsky, Repin’s favourite student and one of the favoured artists of the revolution (not to be confused with Joseph…

  • Bell Tower

    St Petersburg

    The Cathedral's 122.5m-high bell tower is the second structure in St Petersburg after the television tower. At the base there is a small exhibition about…

  • MISP

    St Petersburg

    This multi-floored gallery near the Griboyedov Canal stages intriguing exhibitions that showcase the talents of Russian artists of the 20th and 21st…

  • Novy Museum

    St Petersburg

    This compact contemporary art museum, with galleries on the 3rd and 4th floors, is worth visiting to see all kinds of visual art forms created by a group…

  • Berthold Centre

    St Petersburg

    One of St Petersburg's newest 'art clusters', the Berthold Centre has a handful of shops, cafes and galleries spread around a former foundry. There's a…

  • Chaliapin House Museum

    St Petersburg

    Opera buffs will want to visit this house–museum where the great singer Fyodor Chaliapin (1873–1938) lived before fleeing the Soviet Union in 1922. The…

  • K-Gallery

    St Petersburg

    Opened in 2005, K-Gallery houses one of the largest private collections of Russian artwork in the city. The two-floor space features a changing array of…

  • Atlantes

    St Petersburg

    Since 1848, the portico of the New Hermitage has been supported by 10 muscular giants cut from grey granite in the workshop of sculptor Alexander…

  • Bankovsky Most

    St Petersburg

    This charming footbridge is suspended by cables emerging from the mouths of golden-winged griffins. The name comes from the Assignment Bank (now a further…

  • Gallery MАrt

    St Petersburg

    This small two-room gallery is a fine spot to check out up-and-coming artists from St Petersburg, Kazakhstan, Belarus and beyond. Call or visit the…

  • Necropolis of Art Masters

    St Petersburg

    If you visit just one cemetery in St Petersburg, make it this one, a lush and peaceful stretch of walled-in greenery where you can contemplate some of…

  • Necropolis of the 18th Century

    St Petersburg

    A packed cemetery noted for its fine statuary. Here you'll find the final resting place for Mikhail Lomonosov and Natalya Lanskaya (Pushkin's wife) as…

  • Divo Ostrov

    St Petersburg

    An amusement park with thrilling rides that kids of all ages will adore. Top draws include a roller coaster with 10 loops and a vertical descent that…

  • Lviny Most

    St Petersburg

    Four majestic white lions – two on either end – guard this photogenic bridge, which was built in 1826.

  • Maritime Victory Park

    St Petersburg

    A huge leafy expanse on Krestovsky Island with ponds, walking paths and summertime food vendors.

  • Raskolnikov House

    St Petersburg

    This innocuous house on the corner of Stolyarny per (called ‘S… lane’ in the book) is one of two possible locations of the attic apartment of Rodion…

  • View of St Petersburg's Anichkov Palace from Nevsky Prospekt.

    Anichkov Palace

    St Petersburg

    Built between 1741 and 1751, with input from a slew of architects, including Rastrelli and Rossi, the Anichkov Palace is now officially known as the St…

  • House of the Soviets and Lenin statue.

    House of Soviets

    St Petersburg

    Right outside the Moskovskaya metro station you’ll see the House of Soviets, a staggeringly bombastic Stalinist beauty. Planned to be the central…

  • Chesma Church.

    Chesme Church

    St Petersburg

    This striking red-and-white 18th-century Gothic church is east off Moskovsky pr. Designed by Yury Felten, it was built between 1777 and 1780 in honour of…

  • Site of Pushkin’s Duel

    St Petersburg

    Russia’s poetic genius, Alexander Pushkin, was fatally wounded in a duel here with the Frenchman Georges d’Anthès on 8 February 1837. A granite monument…

  • Summer Palace

    St Petersburg

    St Petersburg’s first palace is the modest, two-storey Summer Palace in the summer garden’s northeast corner. Built for Peter from 1710 to 1714, it is…

  • Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace

    St Petersburg

    The photogenic salmon-pink backdrop to the Anichkov is provided by the 1840s rococo Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace. Check the posters outside for details of…

  • Naryshkin Bastion seen from across the Neva river in St Petersburg.

    Naryshkin Bastion

    St Petersburg

    Named after Kirill Naryshkin, one of Peter the Great's commanders who oversaw the building of the original fortifications, the bastion is better known for…

  • The 'Singers' Bridge' on the Moika River in St Petersburg.

    Pevchesky Most

    St Petersburg

    The 'Singers' Bridge' crosses the Moika River near the Capella music academy and was also once called the Yellow Bridge for its colour. The cast-iron…

  • Alexander Blok House-Museum

    St Petersburg

    This museum occupies the flat where poet Alexander Blok spent the last eight years of his life (1912–20). The 4th-floor apartment has been preserved much…

  • Bolshoy Dom

    St Petersburg

    Noi Trotsky’s monolithic design for the local KGB headquarters (and currently the St Petersburg headquarters of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, its…

  • Anna Akhmatova Monument

    St Petersburg

    This moving statue of St Petersburg’s most famous 20th-century poet was unveiled in 2006, across the river from the notorious Kresty holding prison, to…

  • Popov Communications Museum

    St Petersburg

    Housed in the fabulous 18th-century palace of Chancellor Bezborodko, this museum of communications is the perfect addition to Pochtamtskaya ul (Post…

  • People’s Will D-2 Submarine Museum

    St Petersburg

    The People’s Will (Narodovolets) D-2 Submarine was one of the first six diesel-fuelled submarines built in the Soviet Union and has been wonderfully…

  • Geological Museum

    St Petersburg

    Located in the upper floors of the All-Russian Geological Science and Research Institute, this huge and lovingly maintained museum contains thousands of…

  • Karl Bulla Photography Studio

    St Petersburg

    Karl Bulla (1853–1929) was one of the city's most famous photographers and is immortalised in a life-sized statue on Malaya Sadovaya ul. Around the corner…

  • Bread Museum

    St Petersburg

    This quirky little museum pays tribute to bread and the role it has played in history (of the city and of the world). A model bakery exhibits the…

  • Park Pobedy

    St Petersburg

    This large green space gathers a cross-section of Petersburgers, including young families, teens and canoodling couples who stroll the leafy paths and…

  • National Library of Russia

    St Petersburg

    Russia's oldest and biggest public library was founded in 1795. It has some 31 million items, nearly a sixth of which are in foreign languages. Its main…

  • Toy Museum

    St Petersburg

    This privately run museum presents its pan-Russian collection in three sections – folk toys, factory toys and artisanal toys. Examples of the last include…

More destinations you need to see