Famous for its canals and palaces, founded in 1703 by the Russian Tsar Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg remains one of the most romantic cities in Russia. Among the many poetical names applied to St. Petersburg the most common are "Northern Venice" and "Northern Palmyra". It is the second largest city in Russia after Moscow. From 1712 it became the new capital of Russia and maintained this status until 1918 when the capital was moved back to Moscow.

Many important historical events took place in this magnificent city. The fascinating palaces and cathedrals, beautiful bridges over Venice-like canals, spacious squares and wide streets decorated with edifices of flourished baroque and impressive classical styles, monumental sculpture and lacy iron grilles and, of course, the special spirit of this city enchants everyone who visits it.
In 1991 the city was placed on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.

Grilled fence
Monument to Peter the Great ("Bronze Horseman")
Rostral columns
Summer garden
View from boat
Upper Gardens, The Neptune Fountain. Peterhoff
The Orangery Fountain "Triton" in the Orangery Garden. Peterhoff
The Great Cascade. Peterhoff
The Great Cascade. Peterhoff
The Lion Cascade. Peterhoff
Catherine Park, Gates. Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)

St. Petersburg Hotels

St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the most romantic city of Russia. It is a cultural capital of Russia and an important economic and scientific center of the country. The city was founded by Peter I in 1703. Originally it was planned as an outpost on the banks of the Neva river. For many years St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire and for two centuries it remained the centre of culture and art. Through the years it changed its name three times: in 1914 it became Petrograd and in 1924 was renamed into Leningrad in honour of V.I. Lenin. Only in 1991 the city returned its original name – St. Petersburg. Among the many poetical names applied to St. Petersburg the most common are “Northern Venice” and “Northern Palmyra”. In 1991 the city was placed on the UNESCO list of the world cultural heritage. With numerous palaces and the world famous Hermitage on the banks of the Neva River, the city is Russia’s most popular destination, drawing visitors from all over the world throughout the year.

As with any major city in the 21st century, there are many hotels to choose from. We have listed our personal favourites, however if you have a specific request for a hotel, which is not on the list, we will be happy to book it.
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