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15 reasons you should never ever visit St. Petersburg

Everyone adores St. Pete, don’t they?
By Ksenia Isaeva
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Anton Malkov

Everyone adores St. Pete, don’t they? You visit Moscow and then dash up to Russia’s so-called northern capital. It’s a short trip, right? Not exactly. Only 687 km or 396 miles, nine hours by train, but never mind.
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The Hermitage. One of the finest museums in Europe? Mainstream. Not lovin’ it.
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TASS

The most prominent festival in St. Petersburg is Scarlet Sails, highly popular for its spectacular fireworks, numerous music concerts, and a water show. There's a real ship, the frigate Standart, with red sails that plies the Neva river. One million visitors? Nope.
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Anton Malkov

Wining and dining, romantic sunsets, rooftop views... Don't fall off.
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ALEXEI DANICHEV / RIA NOVOSTI

Bridges are raised at night, cutting you off from civilization — and your hotel.
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TASS / RUSLAN SHAMUKOV

Tsarist residences restored to their former glory. Endless palaces, alleyways, monuments and cathedrals. Anything else, perhaps?
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Anton Malkov

Height restrictions on buildings make the city center look rather archaic.
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ANDREI STRELNIKOV

Horrible, dilapidated mansions. I think that romance is dead.
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YEVGENY LANSERE

Generation upon generation of Russian royalty lived, ruled and died here. I’m a republican.
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Anton Malkov

White nights. Time to sleep.
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RG / Natalia Pietra

Fedor Dostoevsky, Josef Brodsky, Anna Akhmatova, Nikolai Gogol, Sergey Dovlatov, Alexandr Blok and Alexander Pushkin once walked these streets… There are monuments and house museums galore, but who were they?
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Evgenyi Co, wikipedia.org

Art. Too much of it. Airy-fairy, pretentious tosh. Booooring.
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Stackenschneider club

Best bars in Russia? Free karaoke? Special local cocktails? Streets made for bar-hopping? In reality it’s loud, and come dawn you have hundreds of Russian friends and a banging headache.
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LORI / LEGION MEDIA

Saint Petersburg may be a mouthful to pronounce, but at least you won’t get mixed up with the old Soviet name Leningrad. Helped by the fact that the surrounding area is called, wait for it, Leningrad Region. Perfectly logical.
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Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

Water, rivers, canals. Spread across more than 40 islands, not for nothing is St. Pete called the “Venice of the North”. Your girlfriend will just love a romantic boat trip round the city. Worst nightmare.
October 22, 2015
Tags: Saint Petersburg, hermitage, nightlife

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