The Best & Worst Parts of Visiting Russia & St. Petersburg. For many travelers visiting Russia is an incredible experience and for many their first views of Russia are through the former capital St. Petersburg. Here we give you the best (the art, architecture, churches) and the worst (lines at the hermitage, getting a visa, service) of visiting St. Petersburg, Russia.
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hey there fellow travelers mark here with Walters rule today we are in st. Petersburg Russia and same one they have for you are the five things you got to love and hate about visiting st. Petersburg and a lot of these things will tie into Russia in general cuz I kinda want to kind of put those a little bit together but this is more focus on st. Petersburg and the first thing you're not gonna like about coming to st. Petersburg and Russia in general is this service look the service here is you need to be proactive you need to be the one asking for the menu of going to pay your bills stuff like that because service isn't a big thing here in Russia I cannot lie to you about that now the people can be nice but you'll see that it's more like can you help me can you help me and so that can't get frustrating and I know for some tourists they get really upset with it just take with a grain of salt know that they're not singling you out as a tourist that happens to everybody so service can be a bit slow and that can be frustrating and with that service kind of thing that might frustrated you is one you do not have a lot of English spoken throughout Russia because it's Russia it's a huge country so the Russian is the main thing it's like in the u.s. it's mostly English because it's such a big country and so make sure you do know a little Russian when you come at least a few words like no privyet is high and spasiba is thank you know those things that it will help but and your lack of Russian really can be kind of problematic and make it tough for some people don't be that way what I recommend is get one of those google apps that translates pictures it'll make your life a lot easier especially at the restaurants and also when you go to when you're walking around here you'll notice that lion culture here in Russia is kind of a free-for-all so you got to be again proactive with your line getting in and getting through kind of stuff so the second thing you're not gonna like about coming to Russia is dealing with all the bureaucracy especially when it deals with getting your visa because you're gonna need a visa come here to Russia and it takes time sometimes getting up to a month if you used an agency which I recommend you probably get it done in a few days maybe but the thing is you need an invitation or Hotel confirmation you're all this other stuff that goes into it it's a real pain and that's one things you really won't like and that's actually probably the biggest reason people don't come to Russia because it's a really a really great place hey st. Petersburg here too but all the stuff that goes into that really can be quite frustrating and with all that hassle and bureaucracy realize make sure you have copies of your passports your your migration cards all this kind of stuff you're going to need because you're gonna have to show your ID you're gonna have to use those things in a migration card they give you when you come into the country make sure you save them I heard some people we were coming through go I don't need this like what are you doing they just filled out you need it to get out of here so just know that the bureaucracy and the house of the visas really can't turn some people off but don't let it stop you this is a cool place to visit now the third thing you're not gonna like about coming to st. Petersburg is it will cost you some money when you are here for the hotels and to fly here and they get here and stuff like that and it's not as cheap as you think it's going to be now because most people think Oh rush it's gonna be dirt cheap I can pay rules there's gonna be nothing no prices aren't as cheap as you think they're going to be and it will cost you a lot to get here with the flights with of these so with all that kind of stuff they can do other things you might not like but there are deals you can find and a lot of stuff actually has the same kind of price you would have in a big state in the US you know so there is one thing you should think about now the fourth thing you're not gonna like about coming to st. Petersburg is the line and the crowds in the Hermitage look the Hermitage you have to see with Rafael's da Vinci's look most museums to go to its the Louvre or something like that it's mostly independent tourists and occasionally a tour group here is tons of to groups to just run through things and the Hermitage is huge and the thing as you can see Van Dyke's you can see Rubens you can see DaVinci you can see Raphael you can see all kinds of amazing art and then the Royal Apartments over there it's awesome and we'll talk about that later but the thing is those groups and then align just gets smashed around and it's so easy to get lost so if you are going with a group make sure like a meeting point a time something like that because it is really easy to get lost and stuck in there so do be careful and the people men the service and the flying culture here up you might get an elbow here there so do just be careful with that and the fifth thing you might not like about st. Petersburg is some of this little safety issues that are out here one thing is you got to be careful when you're crossing the streets okay look at the second outfit the people don't always stop for you when you're the cross lots of stuff like that so you do want to be careful another thing you look at is there are a lot of pickpockets at Armitage and other places so do keep your eyes open if you're in or even the church the spilled blood and things like that they are work beats you do want to watch out and yes there's still other people try to rip off tourists and stuff so to have a heads up for that one I'm also late-night do be careful if you're going about drinking and stuff like that I have known a lot of tourists are a number of tours that have had some incidents with alcohol so you do want to be careful with that I know I've been shut down by the police when I was here in st. Petersburg years ago it has gotten better but you do want to take care of that but those are fun little things you might like this city is awesome I will let joseline start with the loves of this cool city and now four things are gonna love about st. Petersburg and Russia first for me it's the Orthodox churches there are incredible icons in the moe say it the Kazan here has some really beautiful paintings and things inside and then the Saviour on the spilled blood is incredible the mosaics 'red like world-class just really beautiful beautiful places so definitely loved number one for me are these gorgeous Orthodox churches so number two of our loves are the art the architecture and the museum's here you can see behind me the singer building and God is that some great architecture or what but there are great museums there armitage together with the Winter Palace has unbelievable stuff tons of Rubens and some Rembrandt's and just there's so much in there to see and to enjoy you really have to get there to see Russian art there is the Russian Museum and it is absolutely loaded and that's something not to miss also so you'll also see things like the Peter and Paul Cathedral the Admiralty there's just everywhere you look at the Petersburg especially there's exceptional architecture even in the rain Jasmin's right there is a lot to love here in st. Petersburg whether you're going up to st. isaac's I'm gonna walk around there go to the a morale or Admiralty good to see the bronze horseman there's so many cool things to see here in st. Peter's worth at you're gonna go around where the churches museums palaces all kinds of cool stuff and what's cool about it is you have a really good public transportation network that you can use with buses and the Metro the Metro is kind of cool kind of hard sometimes to find the stops but they are there and they're big stations going all over the place clean as well and that's one of the cool things about st. Petersburg in general is its really a clean City for being so big and it's like four or five million people and it's actually clean especially where you're gonna be as a tourist and that's what's really cool about it all and the thing is you're gonna have quite the experience when you're on the public transportation whether it's the buses or the metros it's one of the things I really kind of enjoy about being here so that's something you're really gonna love the fourth thing you're gonna love about actually coming here to st. Petersburg is hey remember those visas and all that stuff I was talking about you don't have to worry about that so much here because you can actually get up to 72 hours visa-free stay here in st. Petersburg if you take a peter line tour or cruise from helsinki here we actually started in stockholm went through helsinki then to here and you get one night or one full day two full days in one night here or two nights here and you can do it without the visa stuff but it limit is that 72 hours anything over that you're gonna be in trouble okay and I think I'll give you the fifth thing you're gonna love is when the people open up to you here in st. Petersburg in Russia in general you do see really you know the service isn't there but that doesn't mean that people aren't warm they're just kind of reserved but once you get them to open up the Russian people are so much fun they will take care of you FMR I've said in many videos how the bush cos gave me so many cabbage rolls that it helped me grow an extra chin but it is really cool and that's why we really did enjoy st. Petersburg we do recommend it one of the downfalls of that 72-hour Mayo stay I was talking about is that you don't get enough time to see it all the city is so huge with so many museums so many sites you can't see it all in a couple days or three days or something like that so go explore more love it because it is a fantastic city we hope you do come visit Russia it is great anyway if you will learn more check us out on our website at Walter's world we've got new videos out every Wednesday and Saturday and do follow us on twitter facebook Instagram YouTube all those things and have a great time here in the show bye so those are our five love and hate and I hope you've enjoyed them if you have subscribed hit like all those good things and we'll see you again five from st. Petersburg