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July 29, 2007updated Dec 03, 2015

The 3 Best Things To Do In St Petersburg

By Chris Boyle

Foyer Of The Mariinsky Theater

Don’t miss out on St Petersburg’s wealth of attractions and adventures

STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

Inside The State Hermitage Museum

With a staggering three million different pieces of artwork on display, it is quite easy to understand how the director of the State Hermitage Museum once said that “I can’t say that the Hermitage is the number one museum in the world, but it’s certainly not the second.”

Much of the artwork is housed in the Winter Palace, a Baroque-style former residence of Catherine the Great that is generally considered St Petersburg’s finest attraction, while several other imposing buildings complete the museum. Catherine herself started the collection in 1764 when she purchased a large number of paintings from Berlin.

L’EUROPE RESTAURANT

Grand Hotel Europe

One of the leading restaurants in St Petersburg, L’Europe melds elegant turnof- the-century décor with impeccable haute cuisine.

Located in the lavish Grand Hotel Europe, the restaurant has established a reputation for dining excellence. The sumptuous dishes on offer, blending European and Russian cuisine, combined with the fantastic Art Nouveau interior create a dining experience fit for a Tsar. Live music, including the trademark Tchaikovsky night taking place every Friday, makes for a memorable dining experience. Don’t miss the spectacular Sunday caviar and champagne brunch – this is where the city’s elite come to see and be seen.

Irina Khlopova, Public Relations Manager

+7 812 329 6000

Nevsky Prospekt, Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa 1/7, 191186

www.grandhoteleurope.com

MARIINSKY THEATER

Foyer Of The Mariinsky Theater

Two things spring to mind when you think of classical Russia: ballet and opera.

The Mariinsky Theater has been the home of these two great Russian institutions since it opened in 1860. Named in honor of Tsarina Maria Alexandranov, wife of Alexander II, the theater has not only become one of the symbols of St Petersburg, but Russia as a whole. Stopping in for a show is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit, and elite travelers can look forward to a seat in the Tsar’s Box; the best place to view the concerts from. This box is always much soughtafter so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Valery Gergiev

+7 812 326 4141

1 Theatre Square, 196240

www.mariinsky.ru/en

 

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