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Five Places You Must Visit in St. Petersburg

On the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg is a Russian port city. The city remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum displaying Russian art, from Orthodox shape paintings to Kandinsky works.

1. The Winter Palace

Everyone knows the State Hermitage Museum, Russia’s most significant art collection. It housed in the most appropriate place – the Winter Palace, built for the Imperial Family over 250 years ago. There can be no excuse not to visit if you happen to be in St. Petersburg. 

Make sure you go inside and try to see as much as possible because you won’t be able to view everything: It is a city within a city containing over three million exhibits in 300 rooms. Incidentally, not all of the collection is in the Hermitage.

2. Nevsky Prospect

Nevsky is the city’s main thoroughfare, planned in the early 18th century, which now has one listed building after another. The best time to go for a stroll on Nevsky Prospect between 7-9 o’clock in the morning when the great panorama of the “real” St. Petersburg is not obscured by crowds of visitors.

From here you also can observe the city’s majestic cathedrals: Don’t miss the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the best view of which opens up from Nevsky Prospect.

3. Peterhof

Peterhof is the former summer residence of the Russian tsars, 29 miles from St. Petersburg. It is the Russian Versailles with its golden fountains, palaces, pavilions, and extensive gardens. In front of the castle, you will see the spectacular view of the Grand Cascade and the Golden Statue of Samson spurting silvery jets of water 213 ft high. A real challenge will be to go to Peter the Great’s excellent place, the Monplaisir Palace, with its open-air stair on the shores of the Gulf of Finland.

Plan to devote most of the day to this marvel, and it is fine to avoid weekends.

4. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

The cathedral offers the most irresistible panoramic view of the city. It is of colossal proportions, and from its arcade, you can see how canals dissect the town into small islands. But brace yourself for a climb. You’ll have to climb all 262 steps to get to the top.

To enter the arcade, you will need a separate ticket (the entrance ticket to the cathedral doesn’t count), which you can buy at museum ticket offices, vending machines at the entrance or online. 

5. The Mariinsky Theatre

A cultural icon and showcase for St. Petersburg’s opera and ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre (informally known as the Mariinka) are on the must-see list, along with borsch and matryoshkas. In tsarist times it was the premier venue for the country’s ruling class and high society – members of the Imperial Family, wealthy heiresses and famous authors like Alexander Pushkin used to come here.

Traditional Dishes You Should Try in St Petersburg:

  • Pyshki
  • Koryushka
  • Beef stroganoff
  • Leningradsky rassolnik
  • Skobelevskie bitki
  • Pancakes with caviar
  • Sterlet in champagne
One of the most beautiful cities in the world!

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for a memorable tour experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an outstanding history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg beauty and entices in every season.

A trip to a rain forest. Things to know

Only people that love adventure will consider a trip to any rain forest. However, this isn’t just making a booking at an expensive hotel in the rain forest and having the best experience of your life. There are a couple of things that you need to know first. This is the best way to decide if a rain forest trip is something for you or not. 

This isn’t going to be a luxurious holiday

If you are looking for a luxurious holiday, then you should make a booking at Mauritius or Hawaii, not plan a trip to the rain forest.

This isn’t going to be a luxurious holiday, and you aren’t going to have a relaxed holiday either. It can be daunting to visit the rain forest. There are really hot and humid days, and then you can find yourself in rain as well. And, you are going to carry your backpack all the time. Except if you have the money to hire a local that will carry your bag for you. 

You will need to hire a guide that knows the area

You can’t just go and explore the rain forest yourself. It doesn’t matter what rain forest you are going to. You will need to hire a guide that knows the area, and that knows the danger as well. 

The best guide to hire is normally to go with a tour group or to hire a local that knows the area and that is known as a tour guide with experience and qualifications. You need to know that getting lost in the rain forest isn’t going to be a good idea.

Make sure that you are doing enough research to know what to take with you

As we said before, you are going to carry everything to take with you. And, you need to make sure that you only take the essentials. This is why you should make sure that you are doing enough research, to know what you should take with you on your trip to the rain forest.

Each rain forest has its own list of essentials that you need to take with you. So, it is advisable to do research and to make a list of all the things that you need to pack first. 

A trip to the rainforest can really be an experience that you will never forget. However, then you should know that this isn’t a trip for anyone. This is for those people that love adventure and that aren’t afraid of insects and for getting warm at times.