The best things to see and do in St Petersburg, from art to architecture

Hermitage museum
A day isn’t anywhere near enough to do justice to the Hermitage’s vast collection of art Credit: finallast

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St Petersburg is one of Europe’s great cultural cities. Brimming with museums, galleries and theatres, it offers visitors endless opportunities to discover not just Russian traditions and treasures but also some of the finest international artworks and architecture in the world. Its romantic canals, landscaped parks and relatively compact size make strolling around a particular pleasure, although a decent public transport infrastructure means you can also conveniently hop on a metro or tram when you need to.

Stroll the city’s grand boulevard

The three-mile-long Nevsky Prospekt was originally hacked through dense forest. Nowadays, visitors need to hack through the crowds of locals and tourists...

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