Looking for an unforgettable way to spend an upcoming semester? Visit Saint Petersburg, Russia! It’s an incredible destination for students to spend a semester studying abroad. Here at AIFS Study Abroad, we love the endless array of attractions that Saint Petersburg has to offer – all of which make each day in St. Petersburg an exciting one.
These are 6 of our favorite things to see when you visit Saint Petersburg, Russia:
1. Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace
The second largest art museum in the world, the Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764 and opens its doors to over four million annual visitors. With close to three million pieces showcased in the museum, the Hermitage Museum tops our list of best things to see in Saint Petersburg.
2. Catherine Palace at Pushkin
A beautiful Rococo palace located in the town of Pushkin, Catherine Palace is extraordinary. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace features an array of ballrooms, gardens, and its famously lavish Amber Room which was looted by Nazi Germany during WWII. To this day, the priceless $500 million treasure of the Amber Room has yet to be found – but the room has since been reconstructed for visitors to see.
An absolutely unmissable attraction, Peterhof offers an exceptional way to spend an afternoon in Saint Petersburg. The former summer home of Peter the Great and inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, Peterhof features a spectacular array of fountains, gardens, and palaces.
4. The Church on Spilled Blood
One of the main sights in Saint Petersburg, the Church on Spilled Blood dazzles with a kaleidoscope of colors and its Russian Revival architectural style. It’s one of the city’s most photographed and recognizable landmarks and is just as gaudy and stunning on the inside as it is on the outside.
5. Mariinsky Theatre
Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre is celebrated as a world-class venue for exceptional ballet, opera, and orchestral performances. Its gorgeous, ornate interiors have welcomed many international stars of both ballet and opera – and its steadfast devotion to tradition has made the Mariinsky Theater truly one of a kind.
6. State Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum occupies the magnificent Mikhailovsky Palace, and the Palace’s beauty alone is reason enough to visit. Inside, the Museum displays an impressive collection of medieval icons, late-19th century genre paintings, and various modernist masterpieces.
Explore these sights and more during a semester abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia! Learn more about studying abroad in St. Petersburg with AIFS.