Welcome to the vibrant “Venice of the North,” where layers of history fuse with modern energy—no more so than during the city’s famed annual White Nights Festival, when all-night celebrations and events celebrating summer’s never-ending twilight electrify the city.
Year round, St. Petersburg—formerly Petrograd and Leningrad and informally known as Piter—is the gathering place of in-the-know Russians and international jetsetters, and in the past served as the choice destination of the country's aristocrats and tsars. For years, the elite have come to socialize and mingle in the cultural center of it all, where W St. Petersburg now sits.
Exit the hotel and arrive at the gilded Winter Palace or the renowned Hermitage Museum. Stop by the famed Mariinsky Theatre and then explore the pulsating streets and shops. One of the several islands that make up the Neva Delta, St. Petersburg is an engaging maze of canals and bridges bordered by iconic Neoclassical and Baroque architecture. Glittering finishes and enchanting layers further hint at its rich history. And, of course there’s also the city’s famous live music and bar scene along with all-hours discos and dance clubs.
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