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The second largest city in Russia after Moscow, St. Petersburg is home to some five million people. Founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, it’s also a very important Baltic Sea Port. Between 1732 and 1918, it was the imperial capital of Russia, and was also known as Petrograd and Leningrad under communist rule.
To say that St. Petersburg is visually stunning is a bit of an understatement. With its plethora of canals and baroque bridges, it has earned the title of the ‘Venice of the North’ and its large historic centre has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace to the crazily elaborate domes of the Church on the Spilled Blood, there’s always something to attract your attention. The most cosmopolitan of all the Russian cities, St. Petersburg is a magnet for all types of people, from Russian oligarchs to tourists who come to marvel at the world-class architecture, the stunning views and the new Russian way of life.
Constructed in marshland by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg is Russia’s ‘Window to Europe’. Throughout its 350-year history, it’s seen revolutions, war and political conspiracy that sometimes seem more like fantasy than reality.
From the Bolshevik Revolution to the 900-day Nazi siege of the city that accounted for over two million deaths, it’s a city that’s been built on turmoil.
As the city’s international airport, Pulkovo Airport, is located around 20 kilometres south of the city centre, it makes sense to find a reliable and efficient method of getting from the airport to the centre.
And that’s where Rent A Bus can help, as we offer some of the most reliable and affordable shuttle buses and airport transfers in St. Petersburg.
Probably the number one thing to do in St. Petersburg is a visit to the world famous Hermitage museum located in the Winter Palace. Home to masterpieces from Masters such as Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci, it’s well worth a visit even if you aren’t an art lover, as it houses a collection of over 3,000,000 pieces from around the world.
If you want to see Russian art, the Russian Museum houses an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures by Russian artists. You’ll find the main exhibits in Mikhailovskiy Palace, while temporary exhibits are housed in nearby Stroganov Palace, Marble Palace and Mikhailovskiy Castle.
Lovers of architecture can’t fail to be impressed with the city. From the five coloured domes of the Church on the Spilled Blood (which was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander 11 was assassinated) to the incredible façade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, there’s a breath-taking sight around every corner.
And the interiors are no less impressive; the church is decorated with over 6,000sq metres of mosaics while the cathedral boasts the third highest cupola in the world.
One of the things that attract Russians and visitors to the city is its growing underground art and music scene, together with a plethora of music festivals in the summer. If it’s culture you’re after, there’s also world-class ballet and opera at the Mariinsky Theatre, while the Shostakovich Philharmonia regularly perform classical concerts.
And if you choose to visit during summer, you’ll get to experience St. Petersburg’s so-called White Nights; those seemingly endless summer evenings when the northern sun barely disappears.
Accommodation in St. Petersburg isn’t cheap, and it’s advisable to book well in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the White Nights. However, if you decide to stay a little out of the centre, you can rely on Rent A Bus to transport you and your family, friends or colleagues around the city.
Call us now for some of the best minibus rentals in St. Petersburg. We’re fast becoming the top place for affordable minibus and coach rental in the city.