Have you ever wondered what the Russian soul is like? Or how modern Russians are linked to their imperial past? Or what it is like to live in a severe climate? Visit St. Petersburg, so Russian and so unique, to get answers to all your questions.

The City on the Neva encompasses 3 centuries of the Romanov dynasty reign so every corner and street is filled with the history of former world-renowned empire. Apart from its cultural heritage, the city is known as one of the most forward-thinking and advanced destinations in Russia as it keeps developing at a high-speed pace. Here travelers can enjoy the fanciest venues, gastronomic treats for every taste and bohemian parties as it has always been known as the city of poets, artists and musicians.

The White Nights in summer is undoubtedly the perfect time to get acquainted with Petersburg but the city is ready to amaze its visitors all year round as it is packed with vibrant events in a practically non-stop mode: Christmas markets, skating rinks, theatre premieres, music evenings, activities for the whole family and 3D mapping shows just to name a few.

The highlights of the low season are two grand-scale festivals held in the open air: the Festival of Lights features music and light installations projected upon famous city landmarks, the Christmas Star Fire Festival amazes audience with colorful fireworks, large-scale laser and light shows, as well as original performances by the Theatre of Fire.

Another huge benefit of visiting St. Petersburg in winter is the scenery! How beautiful classical buildings and golden domes are when they are covered with snow white veil. Petersburg snow and rain can be arguably considered to be tourist attractions. Rainy weather won’t spoil your stay as you can find shelter in one of 200 museums.

Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Monet… St. Petersburg, however, is not limited to cultural leisure and guided tours. Why not to celebrate your wedding here? Or to come as a sports fan? Or to taste authentic dishes of Petersburg cuisine? Sterlet in champagne, Beef Stroganoff, Doughnuts, Pavlova cake and many other culinary masterpieces are served in first-class restaurants with an atmosphere of tsarist epoch or Leningrad times. The Restaurant Festival held in April and November is a good opportunity to explore the city from gastronomic angle.

St. Petersburg is really looking forward to seeing more tourists! To simplify the visa procedure it has introduced free e-visas for citizens of 53 countries which are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation within 4 days and enable travelers to stay in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast for 8 days. It’s easy and convenient!

Get a free electronic visa, learn about tourist potential at and welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in the world!