World-class entertainment at the Mariinsky Theatre, sultry White Nights in midsummer, ice-skating on the Neva and the sublime architecture of the Church on the Spilled Blood - Russia's 'northern capital' amazes all who visit. This smart, streetwise and stylish guide uncovers the cultural riches, captivating history and carefree nightlife of this magnificent city. Immerse yourself in art - compare Picasso and Poussin, Gainsborough and Gauguin with a whole chapter dedicated to the vast Hermitage Museum.
Catch the scene - dance on tables or watch worldclass ballet ; our St Petersburg expert reveals the complete range of entertainment options. Explore the City with tailor-made walking tours, full colour, cross-referenced maps and metro plan. Talk the talk with our detailed language chapter complete with Cyrillic script. Escape to opulent Tsarist palaces and charming historic towns with our comprehensive Excursions chapter.