One of the world's most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and visual art. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.
St. Petersburg is a beautiful and fascinating holiday destination and one of the most intriguing and historically significant cities in Europe. Whether you choose to visit the city in the midst of a romantic and snowy Russian winter or during the dazzling White Nights of the summer months, you will be spellbound by St. Petersburg’s culture and beauty.
When Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 – also he himself was amazed at this unbelievable divine piece of art. St. Petersburg is a city of infinite charm with its majestic palaces, churches and cathedrals, river embankments, beautiful parks and innumerable bridges – a city of imperial proportions and romantic vistas – which has been a source of inspiration to generations of artists. For centuries St. Peterburg was “a window to Europe” for Russians.
Today the city is a gateway to Russia for us. One of the pleasures of travelling is shopping. Everything can be found on Nevsky Prospekt, the 5 km long main street of the city: international fashion, furs, cosmetics, porcelain, crystal, traditional souvenirs, caviar, vodka and Russian champagne. The huge Gostinyj Dvor, a commercial centre built in 1761–85, is located on the Nevsky, too.