On the trail of Russia’s beauty
See Russia at its very best in St. Petersburg. The city is brimming with golden domes glistening in the sun, magnificent palaces, romantic gardens and colourful Art Nouveau facades. Discover the unique beauty of the world’s northernmost megacity on a foray through the old tsar city.
Gold, stucco and splendour as far as the eye can see
The city, still relatively young at 300 years old, was founded as Russia’s new capital by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. The best builders of the time constructed the most magnificent palaces and the most beautiful churches in the country in just a few years. Unparalleled museums, palaces, cathedrals, monasteries and beautiful squares are concentrated across the entire historic Old Town. Today, with more than 2,300 magnificent buildings, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regarded as an all-encompassing work of architecture.
Immersed in magical light
Due to its location in the far north, St. Petersburg has special lighting conditions both in summer and winter. The white nights from mid-June to early July are especially legendary – it never really gets dark. The domes of the cathedrals and palaces shine even more golden than usual; the city almost looks like a unique performance. St. Petersburg’s streets are where the action is during these white nights: there are numerous festivals, concerts and theatre performances, bars and street cafés are bustling 24/7. We recommend Dostoevsky’s novella “White Nights” – a beautiful love story that takes place during those magical nights in St. Petersburg – as a great holiday read.
The Neva River crosses St. Petersburg and traverses the city with numerous tributaries and canals in such a way that it consists of 42 islands is connected by 580 bridges. Venice is an obvious comparison here, but does not need to shy away from comparison with other cities. The Hermitage is considered the jewel of the city and, with 60,000 exhibits, is one of the largest and most important art museums in the world, alongside the Paris Louvre and the Met in New York. St. Petersburg also has a boulevard like the Champs Élysées in Paris. The 4.5-kilometer-long Newskij Prospekt is one of Russia’s flagships and with its numerous shops (such as the legendary Gostiny Dwor department store), cafés and restaurants, it invites you to eat and drink, shop and stroll about.
Beautiful flight: Direct connections Berlin – Saint Petersburg everyday
Two airlines connect Berlin and Saint Petersburg directly. S7 flies up to three times a week from Tegel, and Rossiya (subsidiary of Aeroflot) flies twice a day from Schönefeld directly to the Russian metropolis and the flight lasts a good two hours.