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The first thing that struck me about St Petersburg was the city’s sheer scale. It has five million inhabitants, and perhaps more surprising still, the unemployment rate is just 1%! There are no homeless people. There are no big skyscrapers either, and the city is characterized instead by long, broad boulevards.No point looking for quaint little cobblestone streets, but then that isn’t what anyone comes to Russia for.

The Russians are very proud of their national identity and their past. Some visitors consider them gloomy and rude, but to me, it seemed that they were uncomfortable about having to speak English. As if they know English, but would prefer not to speak it. If we spoke a word or two of Russian, however, they were very helpful. Even airport workers and cabin crew don’t speak English or, even if they do, answer in Russian if they can. After a while, you are forced to understand Russian, because there’s no other option. We met some young Russians dancing and singing in the street, and they weren’t gloomy at all. In fact, they were dancing with an electric iron, which I still don’t understand.

Over our five days in the city, we saw most of the main sights, but it felt like too little time. I’d definitely recommend taking a guided tour because there are so many tsars, tsarinas, palaces, churches, who was who’s wife, son, daughter, etc. that you’ll struggle to understand what was going on if you’ve only got your guidebook to help you.

Aside from the obligatory St Petersburg attractions, we also visited Peterhof, or Petrodvorets, as it used to be known, and Tsarskoye Selo in Pushkin. We consider both of these to be unmissable parts of any visit to St Petersburg. I was blown away by the amount of gold they used in the old imperial palaces and churches. It’s unbelievable the amount of money and energy put into the construction of these buildings. Some are scandalized by them for just this reason, but I liked them.

The currency exchange offices offer a different, worse rate after 7 pm, so be careful! There are a lot of self-service restaurants. The city doesn’t really start to wake up until about 10 am, but on the other hand, most shops stay open until about 10 pm.

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“The sights in this city are so numerous that it would be difficult to list them. The four hours allocated to us on just one floor of the Hermitage turned out not to be enough. For entry, individual tourists have to wait in long lines, so it’s better to go as part of a group. The churches, cathedrals, (St. Isaac’s, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood…) the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Summer Palace (entrance 750 rubles, garden entrance 250 rubles and before it the cheapest, tackiest souvenirs) …… all have to be seen, and you can learn a lot of interesting things about Tsars, Tsarinas, Pushkin, Lenin, the Russian people and their lives.

There were surprising numbers of Chinese tourists in both cities. So much so that it's annoying. The herd rushes in all at once, stop for 5-6 seconds, shoot a couple of selfies and run on. It would be better to let them go around as individuals.

Another interesting thing is the way shops are organized. Smaller shops, such as a chocolate shop, close at 6pm, no exceptions. Six minutes before six, the lights were turned off and people were almost physically shoved out the door.

The other interesting thing is that alcoholic drinks can only be bought until 10 p.m. everywhere. Even though the supermarket in the mall is open until midnight, even I’m in the check-out queue before 10, but it's my turn at precisely 10 p.m., I can't buy it, I have to take it back. Rigor, order, discipline. It reminds me that I didn’t see trash anywhere on the street. Not a cigarette butt, not a Kleenex, nothing. Cleanliness everywhere. And of course Putin. Putin everywhere. In the waiting room at the valet service, in the hotel elevator, on the mugs, T-shirts, matryoshka dolls, and keychains of street vendors. Everywhere.
A special program is a visit to the vodka museum, where after a short briefing, the tourist can taste three types of vodka, accompanied by a salmon sandwich, pickles and pastries.
I didn't find the Russian people nice. Or even helpful. They’re living their lives, and you’re just an annoying tourist. That sort of attitude.” (2017)

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“The people are helpful, but the inspectors and officials are tough. They give their orders in brusque Russian, gold teeth gleaming, and everything must be done as order dictates. Mostly we got by with hand gestures or google translate, but in the square in front of the Hermitage, two friendly young people approached us and told us about the main attractions in English. They seemed to want to practice their language skills. Anyway, unfortunately even the young people generally don't speak English, but those who do are happy to help.” (2019)

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The tsars themselves are long gone, of course, but this magnificent city of smoky gold remains, where everything reminds you of the former tsarist empire. St. Petersburg is a granite city created with sophisticated taste, a great deal of money, and elegance, but there is also a warning: serfs and the downtrodden masses never benefited from this insensitive splendor and saw nothing of the life of Russia’s spiritual citadel. Today, this metropolis, teeming with palaces, art treasures, golden-domed churches, and paintings, is both unrealistic and very real. Behind the facades of the palaces lived people with tremendous will and power, bringing life or destruction to the city, but today it is difficult to say what their real motive was. Were they driven by megalomania, a mere desire for power? Was their lifestyle just a grandiose expression of that purpose? Or something more than that? Undoubtedly, they left a lasting mark, not least thanks to the masterpieces of German, Italian and Dutch artists.

Walking these streets, one feels that the buildings, bridges, temples, and granite columns are not simply symbolic representations or a kind of glamorous stage set, and still, less are they the products of wandering architects and artists. Instead, they very accurately express the underlying world that once existed in this place. These works were built over centuries, symbolizing the eternal Russian Empire as it moved through time. Enter a cathedral, a palace, or a museum, bow your head, marvel, and be humbled. And preserve the reverence and humility of your soul before the powers of heaven and earth. Your feelings for the white-bearded, solemnly dressed, gentle-looking priest and good-natured ‘little father’ tsar must come from the same source.” (2017)




Practicals

Transport

Be careful when crossing a road. In Saint Petersburg, street traffic exists according to Darwinism: the strongest of the species that survives. In this city, the motorists demonstrate clear superiority over the pedestrians. At a pedestrian crossing with a traffic light, wait even at the yellow signal. Use underground pedestrian passageways wherever possible, even if a short detour is needed. Jaywalking is life-threatening! 

Despite strict laws, some local motorists drive when drunk and the pedestrian should expect that too.

Metro (subway)


The first-time visitor may find it difficult to orientate in the metro transportation system. Despite the large signs, sometimes it is even hard to locate a metro station. Luckily, in the metro stations, all information is signposted in English too. Subway lines lead much deeper than in Moscow, and the long moving staircases even scare a bit some first-time visitors.

St. Petersburg's metro network is dense, still can not cope with the growth of the metropole. 

As in Moscow, in Saint Petersburg, many metro stations are tourist attractions in their own right. Most visitors are impressed by the splendor of the metro stations built in the Stalin-era. Some tourists think that this excessive ornament is kitschy,  and reflects the Stalinist Baroque" (an architectural medley).  

Foreign tourists are amazed to see those technical security guard ladies permanently sitting (putting on a morose look) in a cabin at the moving stairway's bottom. 

In the metro stations, you can buy a metal token to pay for one ride.

Public buses

It is still archaic paper tickets in use.

Taxi

Taxi is relatively cheap. There is no uniform taxi color or look.  There is not even any official taxi company, but plenty of individual service providers. Those taxis, which are named City Taxi, are not more reliable than the others; they only want people to believe that. Don’t take the services of taxi drivers hanging around in the arrival hall of the airport or front of railway stations. Use the official counter at the airport. Order taxi from respectful companies (Taxi068, Taksovichkof) by phone or mobile app - you will know a fixed price for your ride in advance.

Most of the taxis have no meters.

Don’t hail taxis in the streets - better use Uber or Yandex.

Driving

As a tourist, forget about driving here in a rental car.  Do you want to suffer from all-day traffic jams, Cyrillic signs, some strange traffic rules? 

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“We bought a St. Petersburg card in advance, which we picked up at the airport. In retrospect, it may not have saved us anything, but I prefer not to calculate. Always take the little booklet they give with it, because your coupons will be cut out of it! In any case, it is good for public transport, allowing us to travel 20% cheaper. With this discount the subway is 36 rubles, all other transport is 32. There is also a separate inspector on buses, trolleys and trams, as well as a card reader everywhere (you can't fare-dodge…). The card can be topped up at vending machines (menu item 3, there is an English option).

Public transport is well organized, and transfer between metro lines is frenetic, but at least here you don't have to go up and down to get there, it's enough to go to the other platform. The main metro stations are very nice (Pushinskaya, Narvskaya, Avtovo, Admiralteyskaya, etc.) and you won’t have to pay more than one fee so long as you don’t leave the metro system. There are escalators taking you down huge depths, and all stations have plexiglass screens in front of platforms. The gates are electronic, displaying the balance remaining on your account. If the crowd is large (they can be scarily large), all escalators can move in one direction.” (2019)


Saint Petersburg - warning - vehicle removal - Kr photo

Saint Petersburg - traffic jam along the Neva river - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - metro train - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - trolleybus - Krista photo

Food

In a mid-range restaurant, a three-course meal for two people costs about 30 USD (compared to 40 USD in Moscow).

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“Since we had time for it now, contrary to our custom, we had a regular lunch, and this time we chose a real Russian bistro on Nevsky Prospekt. There was a very mixed local crowd in the basement room, from workers in overalls to yuppies in suits and ties; we rarely saw a tourist. The tired and stern babushka behind the counter, and the impatient crowd behind us, meant we had little time for chat, or even a smiling interaction. We hurriedly pointed at some good-looking dishes, then we were hurried along to the checkout. It wasn’t the top culinary experience of our lives, but it was incredibly cheap, and could almost feel like locals until the end of our quick lunch.”

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“We headed straight for the Peter and Paul Fortress because we thought there would definitely be some kind of canteen there. We were not mistaken. We also found a sort of eatery where we were served by real Russian grandmothers. One had iron teeth – all her teeth. When did she smile? Well, it was an interesting sight. The food reminded me of school lunches, but it was perfectly edible. Interestingly, we were able to enter the restroom with a four-digit code, which we had to ask the cleaning lady for.” (2020)

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In St. Petersburg, it's a pretty brave thing to just walk into a random restaurant. You can’t see the prices from the outside, and if you just go in somewhere, you could end up leaving half your holiday budget on the table. For this reason, you’re better off eating in fast food restaurants. I don’t mean McDonald's. For Russians, fast food means something a little different than it does to us: here the emphasis really is on speed, but it does not come a the expense nutritional value. (2016)


Saint Petersburg - Pyshechnaya (with a Soviet-era feel) - Bolshaya Konyushennaya St, 25 - traditional donuts - m.o. photo

Shopping

If you’re buying caviar, get some advice about which are good and which to buy. There are a lot of different types, and the packaging is usually only in Russian.

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"For us, Kuznechny Market was a total disappointment. Nothing special on sale, and it was dirty. At most, the sour cream counters were kind of interesting. Worst of all, we were tricked by a Caucasian fruit seller. He gave us a slice of peach in a tasting room, and then ruthlessly forced us to buy two peaches for about four dollars’ worth of rubles! The peach wasn't particularly delicious, it was just puffed up. A lot of shady guys trying to rip off tourists, and we also fell for it, like suckers. So it’s risky to accept a tasting, especially from aggressive Caucasian guys. If you visit the Dostoevsky Museum, you can cross the street and visit this place for five minutes. It doesn't deserve more.” (j.k. 2017)


Market

“Kuznechny Market: The city’s most famous indoor market is a real Canaan, flowing – literally – with milk and honey. All conceivable forms of homemade dairy products (sour cream, kefir, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.) can be found here on the counters of Caucasian vendors (it is no coincidence that kefir was named after them). There was also so much stuff made of honey that we just shook our heads, and every honey seller also sold honeycomb, which makes it culinary heaven for honey lovers (like us). When the fragile honeycomb gives way with a soft crack under the teeth, and the silky honey strokes one’s tongue, the taste buds rejoice in pleasure.

There was, of course, plenty more besides: pickles, seasonal vegetables, and fruits, a beef head hung on a hook, and of course caviar. Relaxed enjoyment of this spectacle was hampered by the fact that spoons and knives loaded with delicacies were constantly emerging out of nowhere, as food vendors offered their wares for tasting. In one place we finally gave in – the salad portions the old lady was selling just looked too good to pass up. It turned out to be generously seasoned with far-eastern spices, which of course we didn’t mind at all. Clutching our boxes of green noodles with pickled tofu, fried squid and eggplant, and thick chili-hazelnut sauce (the kind you only have to look at to put on two kilos in body weight), we ate a pleasant lunch by the Dostoevsky statue next to the market.

We also tried to feed a stray dog that was passing with some of the rather unpleasant hard-boiled eggs from the hotel breakfast, thinking they’d be good enough for a hungry cat or dog, but he was only excited about the onion leaves sticking out of the trash and other half-rotten vegetables. Stray animals sometimes have very particular tastes in far-off places. We once saw a group of bony kittens on Khao-San Street in Bangkok and quickly bought them a package of (extremely expensive) sliced ham at a 7/11. They turned away from this offering with looks of disgust, though it is considered a delicacy among cats back home. Then one of the local shopkeepers poured some leftover rice out onto the street – they immediately threw themselves on it!”

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“The city’s official gift shops are very beautiful and elegant. They are also terribly expensive. Tourists are clearly seen as suckers. To give just one example, a Matryoshka doll carved from wood with 4-5 smaller babies inside it costs 240 euros. Quite a steep price for a few pieces of lathed and painted wood. Due to the high prices, tourists mostly buy only small things, such as vodka, caviar, and champagne.” (2017)

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The Kuznetsky market has delicious fruit, meat, and dairy products (cheese, Caucasian kefir) as well as very nice, handmade porcelain. Also, you can haggle everywhere! Oh, and while you can pay for many things by card, it's worth getting some cash rubles, because when it comes to paying for a coffee or to use the restroom, it's good to have a few rubles to hand. Aside from cash payment options, they also accept euros, but mostly only paper money!” (2019)



 

Saint Petersburg - thematic T-shirts - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - Matryoshka dolls - s.b. photo

Saint Petersburg - globalization - Star Wars matrioshka - kr photo

Saint Petersburg - Putin ride a bear T-shirts - kr photo

Saint Petersburg - Lenin, Stalin, Putin matroshkas - kr photo

Saint Petersburg - Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton matrioshka - kr photo

Fun

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Saint Petersburg - Nevskii prospekt by night - Kr photo

Saint Petersburg - asphalt Tinder - Kr photo

Public safety

Local and international media sometimes inform about the large-scale activity of Saint Pietersburg's home-grown mafia. Tourists should not be worried at all, as the mobsters prefer to kill rivals. It is even rare that a tourist becomes a victim of a violent crime, like robbery.  

The real danger is more from pickpockets. Gangs of Gypsy kids rampage in crowded places, mostly on subway trains. They professionally look for potential victims.
They surround the target person and imperceptibly search different parts of the clothes and bags.  If the victim starts struggling with the kids, an adult may appear to protect those poor, innocent children. In truth, that guy is the gang's accomplice and intends to divert even more of the victim's attention.

Be vigilant at popular tourist attractions when taking photos. Pickpockets are not that much after your cell phone or camera, but your banknotes and target tourists who even then concentrate on the sight. 

Don't walk alone through dark empty parks late at night (like Park Pobedy etc)

If you want to report a theft in a police station without speaking Russian, don't expect to easily get the document you need for your insurance company.

Overall, however, we starkly claim that the city is safer for tourists than, e.g., Rome or Barcelona.

It is not a classic criminal issue, but be careful in nightclubs, bars, pubs, where you may get drunk among Russian drunks, as tension is often up in the air. Many Russians are xenophobic deep in their heart, but under the influence of vodka, the hostile sentiments flare quickly. Please don't say anything that may provoke Russians' national pride while being immersed in their drinking. If you are making passes at a (non-prostitute) Russian girl without prudence,  you may get yourself hurt.

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“Russia is quite a racist country, so if you’re not white yourself, or you’re with a non-white companion, it’s worth paying attention to what neighborhood you’re in. Wherever you go, always have a personal ID to hand – the cops love to check it. This is especially true when out drinking at night. If they are not allowed into a nightclub at first, explain that you’re a foreigner, and your friends are inside. If that doesn't work, don't start arguing, just go somewhere else!”
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“I don’t want to downplay the warnings given above, but I would like to say that during our four-day visit, we didn’t have any public safety issues, and didn’t even see any suspicious figures on the streets at all. We had a completely good sense of security. Even when we were just out walking around, we never had any problems. It’s possible that we were just lucky in this.” (j.k., 2017)








Saint Petersburg - the sign says: Beware of your belongings

Health

Don't forget to wash your hands after using public transport.

Others

I will share some of my practical experiences.
We took a taxi from the airport to Pulkovo, and the price was 1500 rubles.
We did not buy tickets for the Hermitage online, but there are four vending machines in the entrance courtyard (and two more not far from the right side of the main entrance). We bought them there in 10 minutes for 700 Rubles. After that, after waiting on the left side of the courtyard for a couple of minutes, we were able to enter. There was a big line at the main checkout.
We bought a five-day (a three-day option is also available) St. Petersburg cards in our hotel (6990 rubles), because at the tourist information office near the Vosstaniya metro station only those ordered online are issued, there is no option to purchase them on the spot. There are advantages and disadvantages to the card, you have to plan well what you want to see and how much the entrance fee costs. Unfortunately, in high season it is not valid for certain attractions such as the Tsarskoye Szelo Palace or Petrodvorec Castle.
It is worth going to as many places as possible right at the time they open because there are a lot of (Chinese) tourists!!!

If you want to go to Petrodvorec in the morning, by the first or second hydrofoil, it is worth buying a ticket at the counter when it opens, or better yet the day before, because if you buy on the day you may only get a ticket on a hydrofoil departing in three or four hours.
We went to Veliky Novgorod by train from Moscow railway station. It is worth buying tickets in advance (it cost around 1200 rubles return). You can ask for a reserved seat, and it’s hardly more expensive, but they do ask to see your passport. These tickets are purchased not in the main building but in the pavilion in the courtyard. There is also an airport-like security check at the train station.
However, we did not encounter as many money changers in the downtown area as someone else wrote. They were generally giving 71-72 rubles for 1 Euro, minus the 20–30-ruble handling fee.
St. Petersburg (outside of transport) is not cheap. Even in the cheapest places, a beer was 160 rubles, and in most places more like 230-280 rubles.
We saw very few taxis in the city, for a reason which we did not understand at first. It turned out that one of the reasons for this was the widespread use of Uber. We used this service – instead of a bus – when returning from Kronstadt, and on our way to the airport.
In the city and wherever we went, we did not encounter any security problems. The restaurants, cafes, and streets were clean and tidy. We could pay by card almost everywhere. Knowledge of Russian is a great advantage because not many people speak English. (2019)

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We arrived by car, so the biggest shock was the Russian driving style. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, exactly, but it’s very intense, with traffic signs generally serving as little more than decoration. On the other hand, they do give way for pedestrians, and if they saw I wanted to cross at a crossing they would stop right away; during our two weeks, there was never a problem in that regard.
Someone wrote that public transport is horrible, but we found, on the contrary, that all the major sights could easily be reached by several bus routes, which are also frequent. We bought a bus card which we topped up with 1000 rubles. The more a person travels, the less is deducted from the card. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage, but you can always get by, especially if you’re willing to spend more. I don't speak Russian, I often walked around the city alone, and sometimes I missed my stop, but I got everywhere I wanted. It is worth downloading the Yandex map app, it’s a huge help!
The only thing I’d call seriously expensive – unrealistically expensive in some places – is museum tickets. Otherwise, restaurant prices are similar to back home, though obviously, it depends on where you go, but you can get a business lunch menu almost everywhere until four in the afternoon. These are much cheaper than an evening meal and include soup and a main course. And if you’re at a restaurant, it’s definitely worth trying this Russian drink called more! We spent hours in the shops without knowing Russian, and it was always a bit of a pot-luck when it came to what exactly we were buying.
The people there are a mixed lot, they don’t really speak English, but we hardly needed it, we were able to make ourselves understood everywhere through pointing and hand gestures.
What was a bit annoying was the huge number of Chinese/Asian tourists who, moving in a herd, blindly rush forward, sometimes stopping for a picture, absolutely not caring about whose path they were drifting into or what traffic they were obstructing. It was a particularly irritating experience in the Hermitage.
A tip for the Hermitage: don't line up on the riverside, where the groups assemble, as you could be waiting there for hours. It’s better to use the entrance from the square, where we could get in without standing in line, and there are ticket machines.
Petersburg was a very positive surprise for me. The architecture is amazing, and the streets are clean and pleasant.” (2019)


Background

Saint Petersburg - by night - Kr photo

Destination in brief

The city has been renamed three times. During WW1 from Petersburg to Petrograd, after the death of Lenin (in 1924), renamed Leningrad, in 1991, restored the historical name, Saint Petersburg.

Population (in 2020): 5.4 million

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 650 USD -  (Moscow: 990 USD) 

Geography


The city is in the Neva delta on the bottom of an ancient sea; therefore, the soil is very soft, so there are very few old buildings higher than five stories as they otherwise would sink. The softness of the ground also required the metro to be one of the deepest in the world.

Climate

The weather is dark, windy, and cold 4-6 months in the year.

Don't forget to take an umbrella during the rainy season or winters as the weather is unpredictable.

Saint Petersburg - ice sign says: The winter is coming - Krista photo

History

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Saint Petersburg - The Imperial Throne in the Winter Palace (now the Hermitage Museum) -Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - Peter the Great (1672-1725) - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - inscription on the top of the house: Leningrad, city of Heroes - Kr photo

Nowadays

Many buildings are unrenovated, and so, make a deplorable look.

Saint Petersburg does not have the kind of ultramodern skyline that Moscow has. It is a praiseworthy urban planning concept, given the exceptional character of the city. (The other side of the coin: The Lakhta Center, an 87-story skyscraper built in the northwestern neighborhood of Lakhta, at least far from the city center.) 

Let us show you a vivid Russian explanation on that: Not only old buildings are difficult to tear down; they also have particular historical and cultural value. Besides that, skyscrapers can deform the picturesque view just how a penis implanted onto a forehead would change the perception of the whole face.


Saint Petersburg - The historic Cruiser Aurora&newlyweds&pee trail - kr photo

People


From the tourist's angle, locals typically make a morose look. Smile is strictly reserved for family and friends. However, they at least open up if the tourist contacts them politely.  If you address locals in English from the start, they may not even react. Then again, if you try to use even a few Russian words, the traditional helpfulness of the natives quickly opens up. In some cases, you may even experience the unbelievable generosity of a Pitertsy (people of this city are often called so).

Unlike Moscow and many other Russian cities, here you can rarely see drunk people on the streets. However, it’s striking that many are holding beer cans in their hands while walking in public, even mothers pushing a baby carriage.

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“At first glance, everyone seems to look very grim – they never even smile for no reason on the street – but if you get to know them a little, they too will open up and be very kind and helpful. If you go to someone on the street to ask something and speak to them in English, you may not even look at you, but just barge straight past you. But if you try in Russian, even if you make five mistakes in a single sentence, they will try to explain anything to you, whether through gestures or in simple Russian – whatever works.”



Saint Petersburg - marines - Krista photo

Tourist etiquette

1. Be polite. Learn how to say please (pozhaluista) and thank you (spasiba) in Russian.

2.  Don’t get drunk with people you don’t know.

3. Don’t wear the army hat that you just bought at the tourist store as it will mark you as a tourist, thus a target for pickpockets. 

4. Don’t give money to Gypsies. They will show a profound interest in the amount you did not give them.

5. Don’t stare at people in the metro or anywhere, especially at men. They may vision a fistfight with you. 

6. If you are gay - sorry to say - hide the prime appearances. Homophobia is common in Russia, though less in St. Petersburg.

7. Don't drink alcohol in public.

8. In the churches, don’t take photos of the prayers while they are kissing icons.

9. Don’t criticize Putin if you don’t know the political views of your interlocutor. (Putin is a native of this city.)

10. In the metro trains, it is prohibited to take pictures using flash-light without an official permission

11. Don’t wear sleazy clothes when visiting the Hermitage. Come clean, as Rembrandt dislikes body odor (fellow visitors even more).

12. Please don't take it for granted that locals will understand your English.

13. Don't stand on the left side of the escalator in the metro. In rush hours, you may stay on both sides when going up.

14. Don't speak loudly in museums and churches, even if you are Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, North American. (Scandinavians, Finns, Baltic people, Russians, are the positive examples)

15. Men should take off their headwear when entering a church.

16. Don't eat takeaways on public transport.

17. When speaking with a local, avoid praise any great experiences you have had in Moscow. 

 

 

Attractions

Hermitage Museum

Saint Petersburg - Hermitage Museum - stairway - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - Hermitage Museum - tourist crowd - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - Hermitage Museum - Leonardo da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" without selfie sticks - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - Hermitage Museum - classic sculptures - Krista photo

Saint Petersburg - Hermitage Museum - Krista photo

Petrodvorets

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