This classically beautiful Russian city is as deep historically as its deep water canals in the port that surrounds it. It boasts a long, turbulent and interesting past. The city celebrated its 300th Birthday in 2003 in grand style with newly renovated landmarks, streets, stores and much more. This is a hard working and industrial city manufacturing machinery, electrical equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and textiles. In addition this city also works in, oil refining, printing, woodworking, food and tobacco processing, and shipbuilding. This is Russia’s second biggest city and one of the World’s biggest ports, making it an ideal cruise ship destination.
The city, formerly called the capital of Russia, has seen as much drama and adventure as an action-packed movie we see nowadays on the big screen. It was the birthplace of the Great Communist revolution of the 20th century. The winter weather in St Petersburg can be brutal, just as its history, but during the summer months the average temp.is 70-80 degrees. It’s best to be on the safe side and bring a lightweight coat for any excursions in the city as it can turn cloudy and a bit chilly at the drop of a hat. Just stepping off the cruise ship you may feel like you have stepped back in time. This city has a timeless grace and dignity about it. The number one most popular sight to see is by far the Hermitage, a World-renown museum. Built in 1754 during the reign of Catherine the Great, this museum features millions of pieces of art, artifacts and masterpieces. In the famous collection are works of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Peter the Great’s Throne Room and Raphael. Being a witness to such historically significant art is both overwhelming and exhilarating. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit as this is a very popular and busy place, to say the least. Another must see is Catherine the Great’s Palace. This is located in Pushkin, approximately an hour from St Petersburg by car. Much of the palace was destroyed and renovated or rebuilt after WWII. The accuracy and integrity with which it was restored is amazing. Some 57 halls in the palace required work. From everything to the Green dining room, chapel, Great Hall, and Amber room, this historically and culturally rich palace is a true sight to see and behold. If walls could talk, these palace walls would have some tall tales and keep us very entertained.