Wednesday, July 18, 2012
St. Pete's in Three Days
A lot of people ask me what to do in St. Petersburg. It all depends on how many days you are going to stay there. In my opinion (and only mine) you need three months to see the city and nearby sights, such as Peterhoff and Pavlovsk.
If you are on a "boat" and have 3 days, here are my suggestions:
1. Day One: Hermitage. It will take all day. In the evening - walk downtown, eat at one of many cafes and stay to watch bridges come apart for night time navigation. Make sure you are on the right side of the river to get to where you are staying.
2. Day Two: (option a) board one of the hydrofoils and take the trip to Peterhoff by water. Gold fountains, shady park and another awesome palace. It is an all day thing. Make sure you have return tickets to hydrofoil and know when it departs. In the evening you can take the tour of the city on one of the small boats that takes you around the canals. It is very nice - you can sit while sight seeing, have some ice cream and stay up late.
(Option B) Big Three: visit Savior-on-Blood, Kazan, and St. Isaac's Cathedrals. In the evening try some Georgian or Ukranian food to finish off the evening.
3. Day Three: Peter-and-Paul Fortress. The cradle of St. Petersburg it house Peter-and-Paul Cathedral - a final resting place of Russian Emperors. You can visit several other museums inside the fortress and buy some souvenirs, if you are so inclined. If you get around quick, walk across the bridge and bear left from Burger King. You will see a menacing red brick building - Artillery Museum. It has permanent and temporary exhibits, but a very worthy place to go, if you are interested in military history.