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Saint Petersburg is located on the Gulf of Finland coast and at the mouth of the Neva River, and is divided into 18 districts. Russia’s second largest city has a 2017 population of 5,281,579.
Townspeople prefer to call their city Piter.
Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia. The historic center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among the famous sights there are the Hermitage, the Mariinsky Theater, the Kunstkamera, the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, etc. More than 200 museums, 70 theaters, 50 cinemas and 1100 libraries are open in Saint Petersburg.
In 2018, the city became a destination for 8.5 million people, 5 million of them visitors from abroad. Most of these visitors came from China, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Finland, Italy, Canada, Australia and Spain. More than 650,000 tourists visited the Northern Capital of Russia during the FIFA World Cup.
Visit Petersburg is St. Petersburg’s official online guide for tourists, created with the support of the city government.
The portal’s News, Events, and Leisure sections feature information about festivals, theatre productions, concerts, and exhibitions in St. Petersburg, as well as the latest events in the life of the city. The sections are updated on a daily basis, helping you to plan your visit to St. Petersburg in advance.
The Routes section includes ideas for themed walking and water tours, as well as routes for tourists who prefer to explore by car or bike. In the Audioguides section you can find guides to some of St. Petersburg’s most popular sights.
Twelve information centers are located throughout the centre of St. Petersburg and near major transport hubs, with staff on hand to provide useful information about the city, sightseeing, and upcoming events. Here tourists can also find reference materials and brochures about St. Petersburg, as well as tourist maps, postcards, and souvenirs.
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