Saint-Petersburg founded by Peter Great in 1703, can rightly be called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, united in its appearance European and Russian, architectural tradition. The city is often called the "Venice of the Notrh" because it is built on 44 islands, separated by 86 rivers and canals.Saint Petersburg is famous for its "white nights" when the end of May to mid-July instead of darkness envelops the city soft twilight, creating a unique romantic atmosphere, which is complemented by the classic St. Petersburg overlooking divorced bridges. St. Petersburg is not less beautiful, and in the winter, with encased in ice Neva and brilliant snow on the domes of St.Petersburg's cathedral.
For over 200 years, St.Peterburg was capital of the Russian Empire and the residence of 13 Russian emperors of the Romanov dynasty, who are buried in the Peter and Paul Fortress. During the construction of the city of Peter I set a goal to "open a window to Europe", to make the country a great European power, both politically and in the cultural aspect. Embodying the idea of Peter, during the XVIII and XIX centuries known European architects (mostly from Italy and France) created on the banks of the Neva "open air museum" of magnificent palaces, cathedrals and park ensembles.Today, more than 100 historical palaces and more than 80 museums open to the public. The most famous, of course, the Hermitage, which houses one of the largest art collections in the world.
Saint-Petersburg - the mostn northerly of the largest cities in the world and the second largest metropolitan area in Russia with a population of almost 5 million people.
St. Petersburg is becoming increasingly popular destination among foreign and Russian tourists. A romantic walk along the picturesque canals or night Neva, St.Petersburg landscapes parks, evening performance at the Mariinsky Theatre and the ceremonial halls of the Hermitage - this is what love Petersburg all those who return to this city again and again. UN rated St. Petersburg is among the ten most attractive tourist destinations in the world.The city is visited annually by about 1.5 million foreign and 2 million Russian tourists.
Public transport in St. Petersburg:
In St. Petersburg the public transport system:
- Metro (58 stations). Working hours from 5:45 to 24:00. Price fare - 31 rubles.
Metro map can be viewed here
Ground public transport operates from 6:00 to 24:00
- Buses, trams and trolleybuses. Price for the ticket for 1 person - 28 rubles.
- Commuter trains.
The system of commercial shuttle buses are also very developed. Time:
Time in Moscow and St. Petersburg corresponds differs from Greenwich Mean Time on +4 hours.