Санкт-Петербург

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Photography from my trip to Russia’s gateway to the west. Saint Petersburg had a lot to offer in terms of views, attractions, and food. Or, in other words, everything your traveling heart desires. All in all, you can feel the boiling of culture and scenes more than you would expect before visiting Russia for the first time.

Where to stay? Rubinstein StreetIMG_7593

The street with the dreamy name of the Polish pianist boasts with a lot of gems in terms of bars, breakfast places and a fair share of hostels and hotels. Only a few steps from Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg’s main street, it’s an ideal place to start exploring everyday.

Winter Palace/ HermitageIMG_8374

Got eight years? Then you can look at each and every artwork inside for one whole minute. For everyone else, focusing on some exhibits could make more sense. Special tip for all sights in Russia: use the ticket machines to avoid queues.

St Petersburg by nightIMG_7677

Just look at the wonderful lights of the city and enjoy a little vodka (or gin cocktail, for those who care less about tradition) in one of the numerous bars.

Museum of Soviet Arcade MachinesIMG_8396You pay your museum entry fee, get some coins and go! At least that’s the idea, most machines sadly were broken and the good ones were being overtaken by kids. But if you are interested how the Soviets spent their spare time, give it a shot!

http://www.15kop.ru/en/

Don’t miss: Street Art MuseumIMG_8156

No matter if you have Banksy tattoos on your ankle or just generally like creativity, don’t miss out on the Street Art Museum. You can see here a replica of the Winter Palace with a Lenin statue in front. There are more installations all around, a dream for every Instagrammer.

http://streetartmuseum.ru/

I’ll try to tell you more about Moscow and food in Russia next week…

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