Things to Do in St. Petersburg
Russia's Second Capital, the Northern Capital or just plain Piter, as the locals like to call it – St. Petersburg goes by many names nowadays. Historically, it has been through a few names as well. Founded as St. Petersburg in 1703, its name was changed in 1914 to Petrograd, then renamed in 1924 to Leningrad, only to finally have its original name returned in 1991 after a citywide referendum.
One of the first things that strikes you when arriving in this Venice of the North (yet another of the city's monikers) is the abundance of canals that crisscross the city center. St. Petersburg's waterways set the tone of the town. From the aristocratic Griboyedov Canal to the majestic Neva River, many of the city's sights are complemented by water views.
Here are 7 must-do’s on a visit to St. Petersburg: