- Climb the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to see the city from above.
- Get lost in the Hermitage – a museum so large that there is hardly a Petersburger who has visited all its halls.
- Listen to opera in one of the three halls of the Mariinsky Theatre.
- See how the Palace Bridgeis being raised.
- Throw a coin to the bronze crumb Chizhik-Pyzhik on the Fontanka or the bronze cat Vasilisa and the cat Elisha on Malaya Sadovaya.
- On a white night, sit on the curb at the front door in the courtyard-well, leading a cultural conversation with creative people.
- Look at Petersburg from the deck of the ship.
Museum and theater of St. Petersburg
According to Baglib, the museums of St. Petersburg are among the most interesting and diverse in terms of subject matter in the world: there is the Gramophone Museum, the Museum of Erotica, the Museum of Freud’s Dreams, as well as the Museum of Water, the Museum of Vodka, several ship-museums and numerous house-museums of prominent writers and cultural figures. There are about 250 museums in the city.
Mandatory to visit (after the Hermitage, of course) are the Russian Museum, the Museum of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the exhibitions of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Mikhailovsky Castle, as well as the Artillery and Naval Museums. Among the modern exhibition spaces, it is worth mentioning the Etazhi loft project, the Erarta Museum and the Pushkinskaya 10 art center.
Unfortunately, many could hear about the St. Petersburg Kunstkamera primarily as “a place where all sorts of freaks are alcoholized in jars.” In fact, halls with similar content in the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Peter the Great (namely, this is how the Kunstkmer is officially called) – just a couple, and its main exposition is devoted precisely to ethnography, and it is really interesting – India and Indochina alone are worth something. The beautiful architecture of the museum building is another reason to visit there.
Among the musical (classical) theaters of St. Petersburg, the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater confidently holds the palm (today, in addition to the main building on Theater Square, it has two more venues nearby, no less standing). Following are the Mikhailovsky Theatre, the Academic Chapel and the Philharmonic. D. Shostakovich. The most famous of the city’s drama theaters is the BDT im. Tovstonogov (and his small stage – the Kamennoostrovsky Theatre). Also famous are the Maly Drama Theater (“Theater of Europe”), the Alexandrinsky Theater, the Akimov Comedy Theater, the Theater. Lensoviet, Theater “Russian Entreprise” them. A. Mironova. Of the more avant-garde venues, the Workshop Theater and the Rain Theater demonstrate a good level.
Clubs of St. Petersburg
In St. Petersburg – a great variety of clubs, restaurants, cafes and other places of entertainment. Here are some of the clubs that are especially popular: USSR (metro station Gostiny Dvor), Ice and Lemon (metro station Nevsky Prospekt), Konyushenny Dvor and Rossi’s (metro station Nevsky Prospekt), Papanin” (m. “Moscow Gates”). Separately, it is worth mentioning the club “Purga” (metro station “Gostiny Dvor”). In one of its halls every day they celebrate the New Year, and in the other they celebrate the wedding. And in the Metro club, grandparents over 25 years old are likely to feel uncomfortable.
St. Petersburg for children
There are many options for families with children near the northern capital. For example, in order to get acquainted with animals, it is worth visiting a dolphinarium where you can swim with dolphins, an aquarium where shark feeding shows are held, a zoo or an open-air mini-zoo on the territory of the Central Park of Culture and Culture.
For a more active pastime, the Divo-Ostrov amusement park with very extreme attractions, the Happylon amusement park in the Galeria shopping center are intended. In addition, the city has several water parks – a separate Waterville, as well as water parks in the Piterland and Rodeo Drive shopping centers.
Also in the city there are several interactive museums designed specifically for children – the entertaining and scientific “LabyrinthUm”, the city of professions “KidBurg”, the theater-museum “Skazkin Dom”.
Finally, for the purpose of cultural and educational recreation, you can go to the planetarium or one of the children’s and youth theaters: the Youth Theater on the Fontanka, the Puppet Theater, the Fairy Tale House, the Looking Glass Theater, the Youth Theater. Events for children are also regularly held at the Baltic House Theater and the Music Hall.
Weather in Saint Petersburg
St. Petersburg is located in a temperate climate zone with a transitional climate from continental to maritime. There are few sunny days a year – only about 60, while on the remaining 300 the sky is covered with clouds, giving Peter his famous melancholy diffused lighting, a nutrient substrate for the poetic soul. Summer in St. Petersburg is usually not hot due to the maritime climate and the “signature” Baltic winds. Even on a clear day, it is recommended to take an umbrella with you – it rains unpredictably. St. Petersburg winters, although not too cold, are dank: gusty, damp winds are not uncommon here, and frost often penetrates literally to the bone. Another characteristic feature of the weather is variability. In summer, a cold wind can come from nowhere, and in winter everything will suddenly sink into the white haze of a snowfall.
The famous weather and cultural phenomenon of St. Petersburg is the white nights, officially lasting from June 11 to July 2 with a “peak of lightness” on June 22. In fact, the time of brighter than usual nights is from May 25-27 to July 15-17. The sun during this period falls below the horizon by no more than 9 °, and evening twilight smoothly turns into morning. White Nights is the most popular time to visit St. Petersburg, and if you want to see “transparent dusk, moonless shine”, you should book hotels and tickets as early as possible. In addition, during the white nights in St. Petersburg, many festivals are held and special excursions are arranged.