Venice of the North.
Saint Petersburg, is Russia's 2nd largest city, with a population of 5 million. This beautiful city is located on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland, on the Baltic Sea.
Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter I in the year of 1703. From 1713 to 1918, it was the capital of Russia. Saint Petersburg was known as Petrograd (Peter's city) from 1914, known as Leningrad from 1924, and back to Saint Petersburg in the year of 1991.
Saint Petersburg was the former home of the tsars and the center of imperial Russian culture. It was build to equip the Russian Empire with a "Gateway to the West". Saint Petersburg is also known as the "Venice of the North" due to its abundance of bridges, canals and islands. Amongst them are the Vasilievsky Island and the Petrogradsky Island. The center of Saint Petersburg is filled with canals and rivers which are very beautiful and unique.
Keep a lookout for free city guides such as below. They come with a free city map, and it contains a lot of useful information for tourists. It has pages in Russian, English, German, French, and Finnish. It is often found at the major tourists spots, as well as hostels and hotels.
Travel Information St. Petersburg