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Things to do in St. Petersburg

Called the "Venice of the North," St. Petersburg gave birth Russian ballet and literature. It's also a beautiful city, with intricate palaces, bridges, and canals. While it may not be as vibrant as it once was as the country's capital, there's no shortage of exciting things to do in St. Petersburg. 

  • The Mariinsky Theatre is the home of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet and Opera company; tour the building or buy tickets to a performance.
  • The Leningrad Zoo, in Alexander Park, is not only the sole zoo in the city, but it's the second largest zoo in all of Russia. It's a great family outing.
  • The Winter Palace, open to the public as part of the State Hermitage Museum since 1917, reflects centuries' worth of architecture and Old World glamour.
  • Located near the Summer Palace of Peter the Great, the Summer Garden is filled with rare flowers. If your image of Russia is a snow-bound land, a trip to the Summer Garden will change your mind entirely.
  • Stay up until 2 a.m. to watch the drawbridges open along the Neva River.
  • Take tea at a teahouse or luxury hotel.
  • If you want to link to another destination, ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad.
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