Have you ever been to St. Petersburg, Russia? I’ve been traveling to Helsinki, Finland for many years and have often been asked that question. My reply has always been a soft no. I’ve been to many other cities in the surrounding countries but never to St. Petersburg. At least not until last week. Finally, after many years of people telling me how beautiful this city is and how easy it is to make the trip by boat from Helsinki (no visa needed), I took the plunge and booked an overnight voyage on the St. Peter Line. The St. Peter Line, which conveniently leaves from the Port of Helsinki, offers a very affordable and fun way to visit St. Petersburg . Jump on-board, have some dinner, do a little shopping and see a show.
When you wake up the next morning, you’ll be on your way to the Hermitage Museum, the cafes and the breathtaking sights in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city.
How I wish I didn’t wait as long as I did to take this trip! I say “just do it” to those of you contemplating a trip to this fascinating city. St. Petersburg is as beautiful as people say, and then some. The city is vibrant, and absolutely breathtaking! St. Petersburg is brimming with history along with gorgeous architecture, museums, parks and canals. All are simply magnificent, and impossible to see and enjoy in one day. The various winding waterways will remind you of Venice, Italy and adds nicely to the charm of this magnificent Russian city.
I spent most of my time in St. Petersburg at the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. This museum is absolutely phenomenal! The only way to see all of it is to spend a few days and take it all in at a slower pace.
Bring a good camera and definitely take an organized tour to get the full effect and understanding of all the art, culture and history that you are going to see.
And if you’re really a fan of art history I would even consider bringing a pen and good sized notepad to jot down any inspirations that might strike you. My time was limited, but I did get to see a good portion of the museum and take some remarkable photos.
I arrived early in the morning and had booked my entrance ticket online so there was no standing in line once I arrived. Simply enter through the area marked e-tickets and off you go!
This experience was a real eye-opener and I know I’ll be back.
If you ever get the chance to go, or have gone to St. Petersburg, Russia you’ll most likely be anxious to return one day to this stunning masterpiece of a city, too.