If you are interested in the life of the Russian aristocracy of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, it is a must to visit Yusupov Palace.

As it used to belong to one of the richest families in Russia, now it is considered to be one of the best private palaces in the world.

Not only will you see the beautiful design of the 19th century reception halls of the palace, which can actually compete in opulence to the décor of the best residences of the Romanovs, but you will also have a unique opportunity to enjoy the private quarters of Prince Yusupov.

In most residences open to the public in St Petersburg today the everyday life of the palaces’ owners is usually not revealed, for the palaces became museums in the Soviet era and therefore such premises as bedrooms or bathrooms were as a rule redecorated into exhibition halls or administrative rooms. In Yusupov Palace though the private rooms survived.

Although during the World War II the palace was hit by a shell, most halls still show authentic interiors almost the same way as the family had seen them. So you have a special opportunity to enjoy enigmatic charm of the everyday life of a very rich Russian aristocratic family.

The real gem of the palace is a home theater, the design of which is based on the models of real opera and ballet theatre. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed on the stage of this theater, among them being Feodor Chaliapin and Anna Pavlova.

However Yusupov Palace is not just another architectural monument of St Petersburg. It is also considered to be one of the most mysterious places in the city.

It was in this palace that young Felix Yusupov, the heir to all the enormous wealth of the family, with the other conspirators assassinated the notorious Grigory Rasputin.

The events took place in December 1916 in the cellar of the palace in private rooms that belonged to Felix. In the 1990’s an exhibition was opened in the palace exactly in the rooms where the assassination happened.

During a visit to the palace you will also be able to visit this exhibition and our guides will reveal to you the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Of course even nowadays the question of who Rasputin actually was – a monster or a saint – still doesn’t have an answer. However after having visited the palace you will be able to decide for yourself!

The Faberge Museumhas the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.