Saint Petersburg – Russia’s “European” Capital

Once through the outskirts and its Cyrillic-only signage, the city appears to be a hybrid of Amsterdam (canals), Venice (built on a swamp, it’s sinking and is regularly flooded) and other grand southern European cities with its open squares, sweeping avenues and warm-hued palazzi differing only from the south by the addition of sky blue and spearmint coloured facades. The scale of Saint Petersburg is grand but unlike, say, Berlin or London, the main sights are well concentrated around the city centre. This makes walking an option – not necessarily along the main thoroughfares such as Nevsky Prospekt which, granted, keep navigation simple, but around the less trafficked curves of the canals.

Attractions and Museums

The city, which has changed its name more times than Puff Daddy, is a backdrop to the brutal and often bizarre tales of the Tsars and captains of Communism whose stories are etched in the bricks and squares and can’t fail to stir the imagination. Petersburgers love to boast of their city’s rich artistic heritage and its supremacy over Moscow – from the Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov) to the Hermitage art collection to name two of its star attractions. St Petersburg is punctuated with literary pilgrimage sites, such as Pushkin and Dostoyevsky’s houses, a wonderful array of golden domed and whipped ice-cream topped churches and cathedrals and several offbeat museums such as the Vodka Museum and the Museum of Hygiene and Sanitation.

Accomodation

The Pribaltiyskaya Hotel St Petersburg is in close proximity to these museums renowned attractions in Russia, including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Russian Museum and Mariinskiy Theatre, as well as the EXPOFORUM (Lenexpo).  As the largest St. Petersburg conference hotel, this accommodation is ideal for business and leisure guests, offering easy access to public transport and popular attractions.