Must-see in Saint Petersburg
If you are in St. Petersburg for the first time, the best way to see the main sights is through a private tour. Maria Eugenia private tours are ready to show you St. Petersburg. On our website you can find some standard tours. Our experienced guides with great knowledge of English or Spanish and our professional drivers will do their best in sharing St. Petersburg with you.
St. Petersburg is a great city for sightseeing, with an abundance of art-filled galleries and brilliant architecture to explore. If you are short on time, or just want to make sure to hit the highlights, these are the top must-see sights in St. Petersburg:
1. The Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest in the world, having been founded in 1764. It is a museum of art and culture which is housed in several palaces including the famous Winter Palace.
While you could spend hours taking in all of the Italian, Spanish and Dutch masterpieces don't miss the imperial state rooms, the Raphael Loggias (a copy of the gallery in the Vatican Museums) and the War Gallery of 1812 with a collection of portraits of the Russian military leaders who defeated Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812.
For the best possible experience, you should hire a private guide to give you an intimate view of this overwhelming place.
2. Peter and Paul Fortress
Home to the State Museum of St Petersburg and filled with many old buildings, Peter and Paul Fortress is an essential visit. The cathedral within the complex is especially worth visiting.
Here, legendary figures in Russian history such as Peter the Great, Alexander II, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II are laid to rest under the white marble tombs.
3. St Isaac’s Cathedral
St Isaac's is the world's fourth largest cathedral. The interior has a huge amount of marble and granite, and the 100-metre-tall dome is plated in pure gold. Once it was the main Orthodox Church of Russia.
4. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main attractions in St. Petersburg, drawing crowds to its ornately decorated onion domes and the stunning mosaics housed within.
5. The Yusupov Palace
It used to be a home of one of the wealthiest families of Russian nobles. This spectacular mansion has a more practical feel than some of the royal palaces, but manages to dazzle visitors nonetheless The palace interior is sumptuous and rich, with many halls painted in different styles and decked out with gilded chandeliers, silks, frescoes, tapestries and some fantastic furniture. However, the palace got its fame thanks to the assassination of Grigori Rasputin which happened in the basement of the palace in 1916. For those interested in the Russian history it should be the right place to go.
For more information on private guided tours of St. Petersburg ask Maria Eugenia tours and we will give you the proper itinerary that will allow you to prioritize and properly sequence your sightseeing.