What To See and Do In 24 Hours In St. Petersburg

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Culture, architecture, and a first-class culinary scene are the top reasons visitors are increasingly attracted to the Russian city of St Petersburg. There is so much to see and experience that it can be overwhelming, especially, if you’re short of time. If you’re anything like me, you know you’ll end up rushing around the city, trying to see it all. But, to have the best experience possible, I suggest taking a balanced approach to exploring the city. Have a look at what I managed to see and do with just 24 hours in St Petersburg:

Walk down the Nevsky Prospekt

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The best way to start exploring the city is from the Rebellion Square. You will see the beautiful Ploshad’ Vosstaniya metro station that greatly resembles a church. Keep walking down the street and you will soon come across the pink-coloured Moscow railway station, which is identical to the one in the capital. Once you’ve walked past Galeria, one of the largest shopping centers in Europe, turn to the famous Nevsky Prospekt. You can easily spend a few hours here, admiring the theatres, palaces, museums, statues, and interesting shops. When you get hungry, enter one of the many upscale restaurants on the street and enjoy a delicious Russian meal with countless local residents and visitors alike.

Try the pyshki

Eating pyshki is a local ritual and a must-try when you’re in town for the first time. These deep-fried, donut-like treats can be found in most coffee shops and bakeries around the city as they’re extremely popular amongst locals. To really comfort your soul, try it with coffee and condensed milk on the side!

Visit the Russian Museum

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If you only have a day or two in St Petersburg, forget about visiting The Hermitage as it gets so crowded you’ll literally spend half a day just trying to get in. Visit the Russian museum instead – the world’s largest museum of Russian art located in the very heart of the city. Offering more than 30 exhibitions each year, there is plenty to see yet it doesn’t get as busy as The Hermitage. The museum is open from Mon from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Wed to Sun from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Take a boat tour

If you’re looking for a unique way to discover St Petersburg, book yourself a river cruise. A ride along the banks of the Neva River takes you past such historical landmarks as the Winter Palace, St. Issac’s Cathedral, the Yusupov Palace, Mariinsky Theatre, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Whether travelling alone or with family, the only way to see all these incredible historical landmarks in a single day is by boat.

Grab a cocktail at the PMI Bar

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Before ending your day in St Petersburg, go grab a nightcap and mingle with locals at this trendy bar located on the Moika. Restaurant by day and cocktail bar by night, the reputable PMI Bar is best known for its extraordinary, yet somewhat pricey, cocktails. People rave about their Japan whiskey sour!

4This is a guest post sponsored by The Corinthia Hotels and written by Steve Ewins. An avid Traveller who has visited more than 80 countries.