St. Petersburg on the delta of River Neva is nicknamed the Venice of the North and rightly so: its romantic architecture, channels and bridges are surprisingly similar to those of its Italian counterpart. Neoclassical palaces and the wide Nevski Prospekt boulevard add a majestic touch to the cityscape and remind the visitors of the glory days of the Tsars. One of the most glorious examples is the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum with a vast art collection consisting of over three million exhibition items.
In addition to the treasures and art exhibited at the Hermitage and the Russian Museum, there is an unbelievably rich and varied array of culture on offer: theatre, concerts and world-class ballet and opera at the Mariinsky Theatre. St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are masterpieces of religious architecture. Also worth mentioning is the alternative underground culture that has flourished since the Soviet era: small galleries and rock clubs introduce you to a wilder side of St. Petersburg.