Explore the magnificent 'Palace Square'- the main square in St.Petersburg, an architectural ensemble created over the second half of the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. A favourite amongst both residents and visitors, the square lies in the heart of the Northern capital of Russia.
On this walking tour, your affable and enthusiastic tour guide Anya Zhukova will take you on an exciting journey into Russia’s imperial past. Walk under the triumphal arch and be amazed by its ornate design. In the centre of the square you will see the 156 feet tall Alexander Column commemorating the victory of Napoleon in1812.
On the northern end of the square you will see the majestic Winter Palace which was the residence of the tsars from 1762 to 1917 and which also houses the breathtaking Hermitage museum. With a collection of over 3 million objects placed in 391 halls, the Hermitage Museum is a unique ode to Russian culture and art and is counted amongst the oldest and the greatest art galleries and antiques museums in the world akin to the Louvre in Paris and the El Prado museum in Madrid
Around the south side of the square you will find the General Staff Building which curves around a span of 580 meters. You will pass under the triumphal arch over Bolshaya Morskaya ul, topped by the Chariot of Glory, another monument to the Napleonic wars.
Besides the architectural marvels here, you will also enjoy the hustle and bustle of the square, its many visitors and entertainers.