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St. Petersburg

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The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart.

The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. View splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage.

Sprawling across the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg offers enough art, nightlife, fine dining and cultural destinations.

Population: 5.000.000

Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea (at one point St. Petersburg was the largest port in Europe).

Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia. Among cities of the world with over one million people, Saint Petersburg is the northernmost. The Historic Center of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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Saint Petersburg is classified as  a humid continental climate. Distinct moderating influence of the Baltic Sea cyclones result in warm, humid and short summers and long, cold wet winters.

The average maximum temperature in July is 23 °C; an extreme temperature of 37.1 °C. A winter minimum of −43 °C. The Neva River within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-up occurs in April. 

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The metro is undoubtedly the best bet for visitors, and covers nearly all of the city, with new stations opening almost every year. It also has some spectacular station architecture.Overground transport is bewilderingly varied, but not difficult to use with the help of a few pointers, and St.

Petersburg's latest transport project means that you can even use the city's waterways to get around. The only real disadvantage of the public transport system is the lack of nighttime services, so you plan to stay out after midnight, you will have to rely on taxis or your own two feet to get home. 

One way ticket (Local transport): $0.80

Monthly Pass (Regular price): $55.23

For more information please visit: http://www.saint-petersburg.com/transport/

Saint-Petersburg is a fascinating place which dazzles the eye of a visitor with numerous architectural landmarks, museums, palaces, parks, wide avenues, spectacular bridges and stylish monuments. 

The most popular time to visit the city is from May till October, when the weather is warm and it permits many activities that are not possible in winter (like Boat trips, long walks, visit of the Petergoff Fountains, looking at the rising bridges at night and so on).

The city is especially beautiful during magical White Nights, which start in the beginning of June and lasts up to the middle of July. But if you want to spend much time in museums and theater, it is recommended to travel not in the summer, to avoid crowds in the museums (especially in the Hermitage).

Visit the Hermitage Museum: one of the most important museums in the world. It occupies the former residence of the Russian tsars, including the "Winter Palace". The museum is located in the beautiful Palace Square, main square of the city.

The Great Palace: Once a formal garden built for Peter the Great, this popular park still has more than 80 of the original marble statues and sculptures and houses Peter's Summer Palace, a simply designed two-story building that now displays many of the ruler's own artifacts.

Visit any or all the main churches of St. Petersburg: The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul (in the Fortress), St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of Christ the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Vladimir Cathedral, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, Alexander Nevsky Convent and others. Some of these churches function as museums, others are of worship.

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