Few words about Saint-Petersburg

Saint-Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city and Europe's third largest city (after London). It's total area 1399 square km, which makes it 2 times bigger than New York City and 13 times bigger than Paris. It's population is about 5 mln. people.

The climate is not so friendly. We have only 60 sunny days a year, and our winter is quite cold (about -10--20C) , but because we are close to the Baltic Sea, it is rather damp and milder, then in Siberia. And the summer is warm (+20-+25)

From 1712 up to 1922 St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire, which possessed the five-six of the the Continent. When the city was the capital, Russia flourished. And a lot of turning-points of the Russian history took place here. Now Saint-Petersburg is the industrial centre of Russia, but, that the most important, it is the cultural capital of Russia. About 300 research institutes, more than 80 universities, a great number of theatres, museums, concert halls and other entertainments to different tastes a Saint-Petersburg are situated in the city. So Saint-Petersburg is often called as “the Museum in the open air”

 Saint-Petersburg is known as  “The Northen Venice”, because there are about 80 rivers and canals, and more than 300 bridges in the city. In contradiction to other European capitals, Saint Petersburg has only been on the map for three hundred years. Its beauty, however, has long since earned it worldwide acclaim, and it rivals such international centres as London and Paris in terms of its fame. Tourists can often detect elements of other European cities in St. Petersburg: its embankments are reminiscent of Paris and its many canals remind of Amsterdam. The countless bridges and the sense of proximity to the sea bring to mind Venice, while shades of London are to be found in the city's mists and green parks.

Yet for all similarities, Petersburg, like its suburbs, is unique and extraordinary. Even after just a single visit, it is impossible to forget the splendour of its architectural ensembles, the beauty of the streets and houses of "informal" St. Petersburg, the ghostly charm of the White Nights, the sparkling jets of Peterhof fountains on a bright summer's day, the gold and scarlet of the autumnal parks, or the dazzling brilliance of the winter snows...