St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is Russia’s Imperial capital in the truest sence – Europe’s first and only purpose-built capital city, conceived as the seat of Emperors that would put Europe’s other royal capitals to shame! And like the best Russian projects, built with almost unlimited funds, by the best who could be found anywhere!

If Moscow is Russia’s medieval fortified stronghold, then St. Petersburg is the jewel in its rococo crown. St. Petersburg was the private, personal project of Tsar Peter the Great – who saw the potential of a wil area of nothern bogland, islands and marshes, and carved Europe’s most sophisticated new capital there from scratch. German engineers, Italian architects, French philosophers, Belgian patissers, Spanish governesses, Swiss bankers – a bottomless budget summoned the best that Europe could muster to build the new city. In fact the true honours for building the new city must go to Peter’s later successor, Catherine the Great  – a lifelong admirer of St. Petersburg and Russian culture, despite having been born in Germany as Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst. Despite a near-tragedy during WW2 that saw the city besieged and nearly starved out of existence, today’s post-soviet St. Petersburg has been lovingly restored – once again taking the place Tsar Peter imagined for it, as the city that would be the envy of Europe.

ST PETERSBURG MUST SEE: The Winter Palace & Hermitage State Collection, The Peter & Paul Fortress. The Russian Museum, the Yusupov Palace, Canal-Boat Trip, Jewish Heritage

ST PETERSBURG EXCURSIONS & DAY-TRIPS: Peterhof Palace, Pavlovsk Palace, Tsarskoe Selo or Pushkin (the Catherine Palace), Kronstadt, other Royal Palaces around St. Petersburg

Hotels in St. Petersburg:
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  • The Helvetia Hotel

    The Helvetia Hotel **** occupies a mansion dated back to the beginning of the 19th century. The building’s ornate, three-story façade painted a bold shade of green stands out in the umber neighborhood. A gated entry opens to a lovely courtyard where tables and chairs invite summertime relaxation. The Helvetia Hotel is located in the... Read More
  • The Taleon Imperial Hotel

    The Taleon Imperial Hotel’s superb location, in the heart of St. Petersburg’s historical and business center, makes it ideal for guests who will find the famous State Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace, Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral and the Church of Our Savior of the Spilt Blood within a five-minute walk from the hotel. Each of the... Read More
  • The Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya hotel

    Cronwell Inn  Stremyannaya – is the first hotel of Cronwell Hotels and Resorts Gallery opened in St.-Petersburg in 2010. Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya Hotel is located in historical centre of Saint-Petersburg in 3 minutes walking distance from the Nevsky prospect, in 5 minutes from Moscow railway station. The hotel is located in the new building with renovated... Read More
  • The Angleterre Hotel

    The Angleterre Hotel was one of the first hotels to be built in St Petersburg. Since the very beginning the hotel has continued the time-honored Russian traditions of hospitality, and is dedicated to offering comfort and refinement to its guests. From its charming and central location overlooking St Isaac’s Cathedral, it is perfectly placed for... Read More
  • The Astoria Hotel

    Since 1912, Hotel Astoria has lived through the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, two world wars, Perestroika, the collapse of the Soviet Union and formation of the new Russian economy. A bastion of aristocratic traditions, it is one of the few truly Russian luxury brands to survive the turbulent history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Rocco... Read More
  • The Grand Hotel Europe

    A cultural and culinary landmark, Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in the life of St Petersburg for over 130 years. A truly iconic Orient-Express hotel, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city’s great architectural treasures—renowned for its impressive façade and decorative interiors. Rooms & Suites A total of 275 rooms and... Read More
  • The Moika 22 Kempinski hotel

    Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in a quiet historical area, in the very heart of St Petersburg, on the Moika River, opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. The Hotel is just two minutes walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping. Rooms & Suites Rooms & Suites... Read More