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Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. History seeps from every wall and the colours, scale and grandeur of the buildings seem almost too much to take in. According to the UNESCO, Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful and architecturally sophisticated cities. Peter the Great’s "window on Europe," which saw the revolution that changed the world, is regaining its imperial splendour. At its historic heart are grand palaces, amazing museums and spectacular churches. Music, art and literature are in its soul - and partying is a way of life.


Population 5 million
Currency Russian ruble (RBL) 1 ruble = 100 kopeks
Opening hours Shops usually are open from 10 am till 9 or 10 pm. Many of the shops are open on Sundays. There are many shops and supermarkets opened 24hr. Banks open hours usually 10.00-18.00, Monday-Friday.
Website www.visit-petersburg.com
Newspapers Pravda, Izvestia
St Petersburg Times
Neva News
Spb Dnevnik
Emergency numbers General 01
Medical 03
Tourist police +7 812 764 9787/278 3014
Tourist information City Tourist Information Bureau
14/52, Sadovaya street
Tel: +7 812 310 2822
Metro Gostiny Dvor
Opening hours: weekdays 10.00-19.00; Saturdays 12.00-18.00.

37, Sadovaya street. Weekdays 9.00-19.00
Tel: +7 812 570-76-25
Metro Sennaya
Opening hours: weekdays 10.00-19.00; Saturdays 12.00-18.00

Information pavilions:
- Pulkovo 1 Airport (daily 10.00-19.00)
- Pulkovo 2 Airport (daily 10.00-19.00)
- Palace Square (daily 10.00-19.00)
- St.Isaac's Square (daily 10.00-19.00)
- Aleksandrovsky Park (daily 10.00-19.00)
- Vosstaniya Square (daily 10.00-19.00)
- Rastrelli Square (weekdays 8.30-16.00)
- Marine Facade (Seaport) (daily 10.00-19.00)