The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg captivates visitors’ hearts with the beauty of its golden autumns
Despite many ups and downs, St. Petersburg has retained its charm. Thanks to its magnificent architecture and beautiful landscapes, St. Petersburg is a symbol of Russian culture. Founded by the Tsar Peter the Great upon former wetlands, St. Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital. A copper statue of Peter I of Russia, also known as the “Bronze Horseman”, is considered a symbol of the city.
Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, St. Petersburg is the eighth most-popular tourist attraction in the world. With its large and extensive canal systems, ancient mossy bridges, and antique houses lining the riverside, the city is often called “Venice of the North”.
St. Petersburg is a remarkable showcase of Russian architecture, history and culture. With lavish Baroque and neoclassical buildings, the city evokes Europe during the 16th to 18th centuries. Fit for a king, St. Petersburg is home to many splendid palaces such as the Pavlovsk Palace, the Winter Palace, the Summer Palace, and the Catherine Palace. St. Petersburg also impresses tourists with its unique and exotic museums. With 221 museums, 80 theaters, cultural centers and many other art centers, the city hosts many artistic and cultural events, as well as festivals and competitions.
In the autumn, this ancient city looks especially magical. In the fall, St. Petersburg dons a golden cloak. Kazan Cathedral with its majestic colonnade, the old bridge built during the time of Peter I across the Neva river, and Peter the Great’s palace beside Black Lake … In the autumn, these sites appear different and outstanding. Strolling down a path strewn with yellow leaves and inhaling the cool autumn breeze, visitors will feel the magic and romance of this majestic city.