This Traveler guide brings you the best of St. Petersburg, the enchanted, canal-crossed gem built by Peter the Great. Having survived three revolutions and three name changes, the city still lives on gloriously. The guide reviews St. Petersburg's remarkable history, illuminating the city's love affair with history, architecture, ballet, and painting. You'll find directions to and descriptions of all the main sitesthe formidable SS. Peter and Paul Fortress; the famed Hermitage Museum, housed in a series of historic buildings including the baroque Winter Palace; Palace Square; St. Isaac's Cathedral; Nevsky Prospektalong with such lesser known attractions as the Church of Spilled Blood, Peter the Great's cabin, and the fascinating Museum of Musical Instruments.
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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My wife and I are planning a trip to St Petersburg next summer so I thought it was time to begin our planning. I was surprised to see the copyright for the publication was dated 2007 and apparently there has been no attempt to update it since that time. While most of the information concerning the palaces, cathedrals, and possibly museums remains relevant, the opening chapter St Petersburg Today, probably needs updating as well as the sections on transportation, hotels, restaurants and all pricing information. If our trip was five or six years ago, this guide would probably have sufficed, however today, the prudent traveler would be well advised to supplement it with something more current.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend