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St. Petersburg Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

St. Petersburg Layover  Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

St. Petersburg is easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world and if you are here on your layover, get ready to explore this museum like city. St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, was built by Peter the Great in 1703  to rival some of the famous European cities and today is known for its opulent palaces and fine art. Here is a quick guide for flight attendants to discover this breathtaking city.

What to do in St. Petersburg for 24h – 48h

Getting Around in St. Petersburg

  • Walking is the best way to explore the city’s magnificent architectural facades and monuments. If you are staying in the main avenue of Nevsky Prospekt, you can easily walk to the major sights that are centrally located.
  • The metro service is the fastest and most efficient way to get around.
  • The buses and trolley buses are clean, safe and cheap, but can get overcrowded during the day.
  • Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive. Some of the taxis do not have a meter, so always  negotiate a price before getting in.

Local currency – Russian Rouble (1 RUB = 0.018 USD)

Must See Attractions in St. Petersburg

Hermitage Museum

One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1754 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items. it is not possible to see the whole museum in a day due to its sheer size. In fact, it is said that it would take one 11 years to see all the works of art. The museum houses paintings by famous artists such as Da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt.

Hermitage and Winter Palace- WOC layover tips

 Winter Palace

Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St Isaac's Cathedral

 

This Cathedral was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 – 1858 and is considered to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac’s still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg.

The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood

Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood - WOC layover tips

This marvelous Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. This five-domed dazzler is St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with a classic Russian Orthodox exterior, and an interior decorated with some 7000 sq m of mosaics.

Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt - WOC layover tips

A stroll along Nevsky Prospekt has been popular with locals since the 18th century. It is St. Petersburg’s main avenue and one of the best-known streets in Russia. In the very first days of St. Petersburg it was simply the beginning of the road to the ancient city of Novgorod, but it quickly became adorned with beautiful buildings, squares and bridges and became the very center of the bustling, rapidly growing city

Where to eat in St. Petersburg

Traditional Russian Food - WOC layover tips

  • Treat your taste buds to some traditional Russian food at Yolki Palki and see the waitresses dancing to Kalinka every half an hour!
  • Cakes and pastries at British Bakery – Enjoy a wide range of delicious pastries and free WiFi! You can take away or sit in and indulge. The staff here is not English speaking so a little bit of sign language would be required but it is all worth it.

Nightlife and entertainment in St. Petersburg

  • Enjoy and dance to some Jazz tunes at Ellington Hall or you can go to Las Torres for Salsa nights

Discounts for flight attendants in Russia

 

Any fun experiences to share in St. Petersburg?

How was your layover in St. Petersburg? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

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