Must-see attractions in St Petersburg

  • Sigmund Freud Museum of Dreams

    St Petersburg

    This odd conceptual exhibition, based on abstractions and ideas, not artefacts, is an outgrowth of the Psychoanalytic Institute that houses it. The two…

  • Future Site of Kuryokhin Centre

    St Petersburg

    For decades the Kuryokhin Centre, a hub for the contemporary arts, was based in a clapped-out but atmospheric old cinema here. At the time of research a…

  • Ploshchad Iskusstv

    St Petersburg

    In the 1820s and 1830s, Carlo Rossi designed Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square), named after the cluster of museums and concert halls that surrounds it, and…

  • Mendeleev Museum

    St Petersburg

    Call ahead to arrange a tour of this small but interesting museum inside St Petersburg University and dedicated to Dmitry Mendeleev, creator of the…

  • Ploshchad Vosstaniya

    St Petersburg

    Marking the division of Nevsky pr and Stary (old) Nevsky pr is pl Vosstaniya, whose landmarks are the giant granite pillar with the communist star, and…

  • Pervi Inzhenerny Most

    St Petersburg

    The pretty cast-iron 'First Engineer Bridge' crosses the Moika RIver. Built in 1829, its named after the nearby Engineers' Castle, also known as the…

  • Old Stock Exchange

    St Petersburg

    Designed by French architect Jean-Francois Thomas de Thomon, the Greek revival–style Stock Exchange was completed in 1810. It ceased to serve its original…

  • Pushkin House

    St Petersburg

    The old Customs House, topped with statues and a dome, is now home to the Institute of Russian Literature. Fondly called Pushkin House, the handsome…

  • Armenian Church of St Catherine

    St Petersburg

    Continuing with a tradition of non-Orthodox churches being built on Nevsky pr, the Armenian merchant Ovanes Lazarian paid for the city’s first Armenian…

  • Metro Museum

    St Petersburg

    Bring your passport with you to access this small but interesting museum, which recounts the history of St Petersburg's metro. Sadly there's no signage in…

  • Vorontsov Palace

    St Petersburg

    Opposite Gostiny Dvor, this palace (1749–57) is another noble town house by Rastrelli. From 1810 it was the most elite military school in the empire and…

  • Dvortsovy Most

    St Petersburg

    This major draw bridge, connecting Palace Sq to Vasilyevsky Island, was completed in 1916. The embankment near here is one of the most popular spots to…

  • Peter's Tree

    St Petersburg

    According to legend Kamenny Island was the site where Peter the Great planted an oak tree, which stood proudly over many years. The old oak, however, died…

  • Red Banner Textile Factory

    St Petersburg

    The Red Banner Textile Factory is a grand relic of Soviet constructivist architecture. Street artists have commandeered walls around the abandoned…

  • Statue of Karl Bulla

    St Petersburg

    Karl Bulla (1853–1929) was one of the city's most famous photographers and is immortalised in this life-sized statue. Around the corner, his rooftop…

  • Mariinsky Palace

    St Petersburg

    The last neoclassical palace constructed in St Petersburg, the Mariinsky Palace (not to be confused with the theatre) was built between 1839 and 1844…

  • Most Lomonosova

    St Petersburg

    Marked by four domed, stone pavilions at each of its corners, this attractive draw bridge is one of the last examples in the city of what used to be a far…

  • Chaev Mansion

    St Petersburg

    This elegant mansion, constructed in 1907 for the engineer SN Chaev, is now occupied by a public clinic. It combines neoclassical and art nouveau motifs…

  • Nikolsky Cemetery

    St Petersburg

    A picturesque cemetery behind the Trinity Cathedral, where more recently deceased Petersburgers can be found, including former mayor Anatoly Sobchak and…

  • St Andrew's Cathedral

    St Petersburg

    Completed in 1786, this Baroque-style cathedral is a handsome feature of Vasilyevsky Island's skyline. The interior decoration is restrained compared to…

  • Eternal Flame

    St Petersburg

    A gas-fuelled flame has burned in the centre of Mars Field since 1957 in honour of all the city's citizens who have died in wars and revolution.

  • Former Town Duma

    St Petersburg

    A landmark on the corner of Nevsky pr and Dumskaya ul is the clock tower of the former Town Duma (Town Parliament) which was the seat of the…

  • Statue of Pushkin

    St Petersburg

    There is invariably a pigeon perched atop the statue of Pushkin, erected in 1957, which stands in the middle of tree-lined Arts Sq.

  • Pharmacy Museum of Dr Pel

    St Petersburg

    This late-19th-century pharmacy still houses a medical clinic; it has a beautifully preserved facade as well as the original pharmacy interior on the…

  • Siniy Most

    St Petersburg

    The Blue Bridge is 97.3m wide making it the widest of the city's bridges. It's one of four bridges across the Moika that were colour-coded.

  • Small Synagogue

    St Petersburg

    Behind the Grand Choral Synagogue, this red-brick synagogue is generally open for guided tours only. Make inquiries via the website.

  • Panteleymonovsky Most

    St Petersburg

    At the confluence of the Moyka and the Fontanka, this beauty features lamp posts bedecked with the double-headed eagle.

  • Metropolitan's House

    St Petersburg

    An 18th-century building that's the residence of the patriarch of St Petersburg. It's generally closed to the public.

  • Zelyony Most

    St Petersburg

    The Green Bridge over the Moyka River dates from the early 19th century and was the first cast-iron span in the city.

  • Planetarium

    St Petersburg

    A crowdpleaser with the under-12 crowd, the planetarium has shows that explore the wonders of outer space.

  • Orthodox Academy

    St Petersburg

    Training centre for Russia's future spiritual leaders. It's generally closed to the public.

  • Krasny Most

    St Petersburg

    This cast-iron bridge crossing the Moika River is painted red, hence its name in Russian.

  • Kamennoostrovsky Palace on Kamenny Island.

    Kamennoostrovsky Palace

    St Petersburg

    Catherine the Great built the big, classical Kamennoostrovsky Palace for her son. Today it's a government building that remains closed to the public.

  • Old Yusupov Palace

    St Petersburg

    Not to be confused with the Yusupov Palace on the Moyka River, this place is closed to the public and is used mainly for official receptions. It makes a…

  • Vaganova School of Choreography

    St Petersburg

    The Mariinsky Ballet’s training school, where Pavlova, Nijinsky, Nureyev and others learned their art. It's not open to the public.

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