St Petersburg – holiday in the city of palaces and fairytales


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The first thing a visitor is enchanted with in St Petersburg is its beauty: palaces on the embankments of idyllic canals, the treasures of its museums and its parks adorned with classical statues. But it is the stories of St Petersburg that visitors lose their hearts to: the fate of the people living in this magnificent city of palaces.

A young Russian puts her hand to her forehead and faints. This is in fact quite usual at Pushkin House, which tells the heart-breaking story of the last moments of Russia’s most beloved poet, Pushkin, who died tragically in a duel.

The home museum dedicated to another St Petersburg poet, Anna Akhmatova, also tells a moving story of a life of tragedy and hardship. If you wish to follow in the footsteps of the notorious Rasputin, head for the Yusupov Palace, where the monk known for his philandering ways finally met his end.

Beauty and tragedy, splendour and squalor, have always existed side by side in St Petersburg. As a travel destination, St Petersburg is at its best if you combine sights such as the Hermitage with the lesser known attractions. Home museums have an excellent way of bringing the tragic stories of St Petersburg to life. 

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