This summer I had visited one of the most beautiful, historic and romantic cities in the world - Saint Petersburg, Russia. The city that is home to the most famous Russian authors, and the city that hosted the Romanovs, also known as the window to Europe and is simply full of inspiration and culture. Having visited St. Petersburg, I now fully understand, where Aleksandr Pushkin found his inspiration and wish I could have lived at that time just to experience the life of 19th century in St Petersburg.
An interesting thing that I found out is that while you are only 4 hours (by train) away from Moscow, being in St Petersburg did not feel like being in Russia and here's why:
Discover St Petersburg by water: take a boat ride during the day to discover the city while traveling though Neva river and smaller canals. I have to say that the boat ride gives you a different look on the city as well as a different perspective. The excisions are also available on boats. St Petersburg by night is also best seen on a boat ride as around midnight the bridges part and this is definitely a sight to see. The parting bridges were created to allow for cargo ships to pass at night, as the bridges are built rather low. The parting bridges are the signature sight of St Petersburg.
Here are a few suggestions of where to stay and where to wine & dine: