Located along the banks of the Neva River is the city of Saint Petersburg. It is one of the most popular cities in Russia and is recognized as the second-largest city in the country, next to the capital city of Moscow. The city was established by the Czar Peter the Great, named the city after Saint Peter, the Czar’s favorite saint.

Today, the city of Saint Petersburg is considered the cultural capital of Russia. There are hundreds of different museums all over the city. Apart from boasting some of the finest pieces of artwork, the buildings themselves are historic buildings that captivate visitors to these museums the moment that they arrive. The most popular of these museums is the Hermitage Museum. Once an imperial palace, the Hermitage Museum is home to a vast collection of artwork and brilliantly crafted interiors.

One of the most popular tourist attractions here in Saint Petersburg is the Historic Center of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the center has been given the honorable distinction of being the historic core of Saint Petersburg's city. The different buildings and monuments found in the center offer travelers visiting the city of Saint Petersburg a rich architectural heritage and has been classified as an exquisite blend of Baroque, neoclassical, and Russian architecture.

Saint Petersburg is also considered the home of Russian ballet. The city is home to more than fifty different ballet groups recognized worldwide as the starting grounds of many famous ballet dancers, such as Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky.