St. Petersburg

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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

St. Petersburg Neighborhoods


Carved out by rivers Fontanka and Neva, this “island” district is home to the city’s top shopping, dining and attractions, including Nevskiy Prospekt, Winter Palace, and St. Isaac’s cathedral.

Vasilevskiy Island

The towering twin Rostral Columns guard the Strelka (the island’s eastern edge). Head west to see Menshikov Palace and the Primorskiy district’s housing flats – examples of Soviet-style gigantism.

Petrograd Side

Although mainly residential, the Petrograd side contains the Peter Paul Fortress (its angel-topped cathedral spire is the city’s symbol) and Aurora, a cruiser from the Bolshevik Revolution.


Nestled in a bend in the Neva, this quarter’s primary attractions are the Smolniy Convent and the Tauride Palace, built by Empress Catherine the Great for her lover Grigoriy Potemkin.


This neighborhood is known for shopping – myriad stores exist along Liteniy Prospekt, long a hub of the city’s artistic and literary communities.

Vyborg Side

Otherwise undistinguished, the “Vyborgskaya Storona” shelters totalitarian showstoppers like the still functioning, Kresty (or “Crosses”) Prison and the first statue of Lenin, erected in 1926 in the nascent U.S.S.R.

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