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St Petersburgs White Nights
Unforgettable travel experience
St Petersburg is one of the world's most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and visual art.
From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.
Saint-Petersburg is situated in the North-West of Russia in the Neva River delta on the Eastern coast of the Gulf of Finland and occupies, together with the administratively subordinated territories, the terri-tory of 1439 square kilometres.
The city is located on 44 islands formed by the Neva River and 90 more rivers and canals.The city has definitely led an interesting past, with over 300 colourful years of history, for more than 200 of which it was actually the capital city of the whole Russian Empire. The present-day St.
Petersburg remains an exceptional city in all aspects, more than living up to the dreams of Tsar Peter the Great, who founded the city in the early 1700s. The climate is humid, close to maritime, with a moderately warm summer and a rather long moderately cold winter.
Many of the best sights in St. Petersburg are to be found around the actual city centre and its prominent thoroughfare named the Nevsky Prospekt. Head to the Palace Square, known locally as the Dvortsovaya Ploshchad and appreciate the architecture of the Winter Palace, or spend the afternoon cruising on the city's canals on water buses, stopping of at the Mikhaylovsky Gardens en route.
Downtown St. Petersburg is an old city previously known for its aging population. Since the 1880s, when Peter Demens gave the city a railroad and the name of his Russian hometown, St. Petersburg has been associated with healthful climes and restorative waters.
In its early days, retirees and convalescents flooded the peninsular town looking for rest and rejuvenation. This took its toll on St. Petersburg.
For many years it looked like a worn-out rest home waiting room. But new blood has been transfused into the city in recent decades, making its waterfront district a happening place for lovers of the outdoors and for other visitors.
The rejuvenation is ongoing, turning St. Petersburg into a thriving metropolis with its own college, major-league baseball arena, world-class museums, and fashionable shopping districts.