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St Petersburg

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The stunning city of St Petersburg, Russia, evinces a European charm, possibly because much of the city was built by Italian architects. Remarkable baroque, Renaissance and neo-classical architecture dazzles the eyes. This, along with the city’s many canals, makes it deserving of its nickname, ‘The Venice of the North’. Strolling through the city today, you may see evidence of the terrible siege of the city by Nazi forces during World War II: shell wounds on monuments and signs advising the citizens on how to avoid shelling are haunting reminders of that time. The city has always been able to proudly boast of its magnificent museums, including the biggest in the world, the Hermitage Museum, and its world-class opera and ballet. Plan a hostel trip during summer and you can experience St Petersburg’s vibrant nightlife while the sun still shines: during ‘White Nights’ revellers stay up all night to party.