What are the best things to see and do in St. Petersburg?

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Sabra Ayres
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There’s so much interesting history and stunning scenery in Russia’s imperial city of St. Petersburg that you’ll rarely be at a loss for something fun to see and do. From royal palaces to guided boat tours, here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ top choices for getting the most out of your trip to this fabled Russian city.

1. See the Winter Palace. The green and white palace on the banks of the Neva River houses the world-famous Hermitage collection and should be on everyone’s travel list. Art buffs should plan to spend at least half a day here in order to see everything.
2. Stroll along Nevsky Prospect. This is the heart of St. Petersburg and the main thoroughfare from which you can explore the city’s unique pulse.
3. Visit a summer palace. St. Petersburg has more than one option for visiting the summer homes of the former Russian royal court. See both the Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo if you have time; the latter contains the beautiful recently reconstructed Amber Room in Catherine Palace.
4. Stop at the Peter and Paul Fortress. The oldest building in St. Petersburg is recognizable by the 400-foot gold spire that jets into the city’s skyline.
5. Cruise the canals. Small boats, some with running commentary, ply the waterways of the city and are a relaxing way to see the city’s main attractions during the warmer months.

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