After Moscow, the second largest city and one of the most important places to visit in Russia is Saint Petersburg. The city is located on the port of the Baltic Sea and has over five million residents. Unlike the capital city which is very populous, Saint Petersburg tends to be less crowded, which many travellers enjoy, and also has much lesser traffic than the capital.
The city is home to many important tourist places in Russia such as the State Hermitage Museum (an iconic collection of art, antiquities and cultural pieces), Peterhof (a museum by the sea known for its stunning fountains), Savior on the Spilled Blood (a beautiful church featuring mosaics and marble finishings) and the Winter Palace (which once served as a residence for Russian rulers).
Along with tourist attractions, Saint Petersburg is one of the unique places to go in Russia for its “white nights.” These “nights” – where the night never actually comes – take place from the end of May to the beginning of June. During these nights, the city of Saint Petersburg truly comes to life, with locals out on late-evening walks and open-air shows featuring music and dance. It is truly a time that everyone should experience once in their lifetime and if you are visiting Russia during these months, Saint Petersburg should be at the very top of your list of tourist places in Russia to travel to.