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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. 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.
|Currency||Russian ruble (RBL) 1 ruble = 100 kopeks|
|Opening hours||Shops 9.00/11.00-19.00/22.00 many open on Sundays. Local ’24-chasa’ (24hr) stores stock groceries, cigarettes and alcohol. Bank hours usually 10.00-18.00, Monday-Friday.|
St Petersburg Times
|Emergency numbers||General 01
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
Opening hours: weekdays 10.00-19.00; Saturdays 12.00-18.00
- 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)