City centre, the best place to stay in St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a heaven for a people that love to walk and the city centre are where the main monuments and tourist sights, which deserved to be looked at in a relaxed fashion and a fair bit of time is needed for most of them. The ultimate and most popular attraction in the city is the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, which houses over 3,000,000 pieces of artwork that was produced by some of the most famous people in history and to name a few include Rubens, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Leonardo, Rembrandt and many others. Paying for a tour guide is well worth it due to the lack of descriptive English writing and there is also a shop and café in the complex.
For people wanting to see more traditional Russian paintings and sculptures, then your best bet is to explore the Russian Museum, which is housed in the magnificent Mikhailovskiy Palace. Other famous and must-see religious buildings are the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, which can be visited day or night and offers splendid vista of the city. Another is the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, which is a traditional Russian church and is spectacularly designed with thousands of mosaics and striking cupolas that overlook the Neva River.
The river has plenty of walking trails to experience and is one of the most scenic ways of seeing the city centre and there are various boats and cruises that set off all along the river and will take you on a guided tour or you can just hire a boat yourself. The raising of the bridges over the river is quite something with every bridge having its own set time to be raised, which can draw huge crowds especially at night time. The Ethnographic Museum is one of the most informative places with displays on traditions and costumes of many ethnic groups that have ever lived in Russia.
For people that are interested in war the Museum of Artillery has a massive array of weaponry that has been collected since records began to the present and include all sorts of guns, tanks, missiles, trucks and much more.
No trip is to the city is complete without seeing an opera or ballet, so try and get to see one of the shows at the Mariinsky or Mikhailovskiy theatres. There are many markets in the city centre that sell various products from shoes to traditional souvenirs like puppets but if you are looking for a shopping centre then head to the Gostiny Dvor, which has everything from the latest gadgets to the newest type of Vodka. The city centre teems with restaurants, hotels, pubs and clubs, where you will definitely find something that suits you.