What to see and do if you’ve got just one day in this northern gem.
You’d need 24 days, not hours, to even begin to see all that St. Petersburg has to offer. But with just one day here, you can get a taste of what makes this Russian gem so compelling. Just a few of these suggestions will be enough to keep you entertained all day, fair warning, though: You’ll be planning your next visit back here before you even leave.
Once you’ve dropped your bags off at your hotel, turn right around and head out for a walk. There’s no better way to get a sense of St. Petersburg and its unique mix of old and new, industrial and opulent. The city’s main street is Nevsky Prospekt, named after Russian Prince Alexander Nevsky and immortalized in an 1835 story of the same name by Nikolai Gogol. It bisects the city, stretching for three miles. Here you’ll find upscale shops, buzzing cafes, and grand palaces, museums, and cathedrals.