St Petersburg is a city of arched bridges, wide boulevards, elegant palaces, impressive squares and ornate churches, and as such is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”. It has an elegance also reminiscent of cities like Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam, but is at the same time too Russian to be European, and beguiles with a charm of its own.
Adding to the beauty of the buildings are the canals and rivers, which cross Nevsky prospekt. Like Venice, to which it is often compared, the winding waterways leading to the broad River Neva, are the heart of St Petersburg. St Petersburg is certainly Russia’s first city in terms of beauty. It is also the prime center for classical culture, from opera to ballet to music, with historic venues, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, presenting a repertoire and choreography that Tchaikovsky himself would recognize.
The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within easy reach of the capitals of Europe and Scandinavia St Petersburg now offers visitors luxury accommodation, expert destination management companies and international travel services.