5 things you should know before visiting Sankt Petersburg

The Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg

The Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg ©Ana Paula Hirama/Flick

The city of Sankt Petersburg is located in an area with a humid continental climate due to the cyclones of the Baltic Sea. The hottest month of the year is August, and the coldest is February. Spring and fall are the seasons with normal temperatures, but with more precipitation. During the summer rains often, summers are short and very hot. Winter is long with very low temperatures, heavy snows and is often freezing.

We present you 5 things you should know before visiting Sankt Petersburg including some information regarding the inhabitants and the industry of the city, accommodation, prices and local cuisine.


Prices in Sankt Petersburg

The official currency of Russia is the ruble. In Sankt Petersburg there are many exchange offices and banks. It also has a non-stop gas stations with ATMs.The bank cards accepted in Sankt Petersburg are: American Express, Euro Card, Visa Electron and MasterCard Gold.

The Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg

The Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg ©Ana Paula Hirama/Flick

The inhabitants of Sankt Petersburg

Most of the population of Sankt Petersburg is of Russian origin. In the city there are a fairly large number of Ukrainians, Belarusians, Tatars, Armenians or Finns. The official language of the city is Russian. In restaurants, hotels and shops the staff speak very good English. Most of the inhabitants are of Orthodox religion, but in the city you can also find Protestants, Catholics, Lutherans and Muslims.

The industry of Sankt Petersburg

Sankt Petersburg is the second largest city after Moscow, a major industrial and financial center of Russia. Residents make their living working in the aircraft manufacturing industry, oil refineries, military equipment, in car,  computer, metallurgical factories, food industry and pharmaceutical industry. Many residents work in the oil field in the Morskoy Vokzal harbor and the Admiralty Shipyard. In the city of Saint Petersburg tourism began to develop increasingly, many residents of the city engaging in the hotel buisness.

The Neva River in St Petersburg

The Neva River in St Petersburg ©Ana Paula Hirama/Flick

Local cuisine

Being a port city, in the region most of the dishes contain fish. The chocolate pudding is the favorite dessert of the locals and on Sundays they are preparing a chocolate cake with fresh seasonal fruit. Rye bread is preferred in place of wheat and they love bakery products such as donuts, pancakes or egg rolls, cook very often.

Accommodation facilities

The city of Sankt Petersburg has many accommodation options. In the center you can be accommodated in one of the luxury hotels or hostels. You can stay at one of the local hostels and tourist villas near the Baltic Sea in natural conditions. On the riverside,you can stay with caravan or tent on the camping facilities appointed by the city municipality.

The most popular accommodations in the city include the Golden Hotel, Villa Sankt Petersburg, the Leningrad camping, Hotel Swiss Star, Pilau Hostel and 5th Corner Hotel. All hotels offer clients all inclusive accommodation packages that include the three main meals of the day, internet, parking, and access to the pool and sports court in the hotel. The rooms have a safe, minibar, telephone, shower or bath, bath robes, towels, fridge, TV and air conditioning.

The city of St Petersburg

The city of St Petersburg ©Ana Paula Hirama/Flick


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