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Saint Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург, in Russian) in western Russia is one of the major tourist destinations in the country and Europe, with several million annual visitors. The ancient imperial capital was once called Petrograd (1914) and Leningrad (1924); it is now popularly known as Petersburg. Second most important city in the country, Saint Petersburg is located 715 km northwest of the capital, Moscow, the metropolis of the Federation. The visit of Saint Petersburg is already traditional for those who come to Moscow: just take the modern train that leaves from Leningradski vokzal station in Moscow, and in just over three hours you will reach Saint Petersburg. And just a few minutes away, you can be dazzled by its beautiful Historic Center, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


History, arts, gastronomy and entertainment are ensured in Saint Petersburg, whose main museum, the Hermitage, is one of the most famous in the world. In the sumptuous spaces of the former Winter Palace of Tzar Pedro the Great, art lovers appreciate works of art from the greatest Western painters.

River Neva

Former imperial capital of Tsarist Russia, it is bathed by the River Neva - at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland, in the Baltic Sea - and many bridges, it is called Venice of the North. On the banks of the River Neva, which runs through the city for 28 km, Saint Petersburg is mirrored. On the island of Hares, the iconic Peter and Paul Fortress.

Russia's Regions

The country's territory is divided in 85 administrative entities (oblasts, republics, krais, federal cities, among other) which are included in eight federal districts. Among the entities we highlight: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar, Ekaterinburg, Rostov on Don, Ufa, Kazan, Nijni Novgorod, Tcheliabinsk, Tiumen, Samara, Saratov, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Krasnoiarsk, Stavropol, Barnaul, Makhatchkala, Perm and Volgograd, among the most important.

Russia's Main Cities

The 10 main cities in Russia are:
  1. Moscow, the capital
  2. Saint Petersburg
  3. Krasnodar
  4. Ekaterinburg
  5. Rostov-on-Don
  6. Kazan
  7. Volgograd
  8. Perm
  9. Nijni Novgorod
  10. Samara

Russia's Main Tourist Destinations

Important tourist destination in the world, Russia welcomes about 25 million visitors every year. Tourism represents about 6% of the country's GDP. Moscow is one of the most visited cities in Europe and the world . The 10 main tourist destinations in Russia are:
  1. Moscow, the capital
  2. Saint Petersburg
  3. Golden Ring
  4. Volgograd
  5. Kazan
  6. Ekaterinburg
  7. Rostov-on-Don
  8. Perm
  9. Nijni Novgorod
  10. Samara

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