St. Petersburg is a very young city compared to old European capitals and, probably, the only city in the world that has acquired so much historic significance in such a short time.
Facing west across the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg was created by its founder Peter the Great as a “window into Europe”. Long regarded as the country’s premier cultural hub, it offers an endless array of artistic thrills that span over 200 museums (including the Hermitage and the Russian Museum) and world-class ballet, opera and classical music. Significant investment into the centre’s regeneration has resulted in a buzzing gallery scene and an ever-increasing number of upscale bars, restaurants and boutiques. To experience the city at its most romantic, visit during the White Nights, from late May to early July, when the sun blazes all night long and the city comes alive with art festivals, outdoor concerts and more.