ST. PETERSBURG

The Russian Venice

And the starting point for your Trans-Siberian odyssey.

Having evolved from rural backwater at what first seemed a despot tsar whim, St. Petersburg grew into a magnificent city whose splendor and spectacular looks all but clearly manifest that the forward-thinking, Westward-looking tsar had a stroke of inspiration when choosing the place for his northern capital. The city boasts a character of its own entirely different from Moscow's onion domes and red brick buildings.

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