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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Planning Your Visit

1. When to Go

The peak time to visit the city is from 11 Jun–2 Jul, during White Nights, when the sun never quite sets. Failing this, the weather during late May–Aug is usually good. If it is snow and ice you are after, then mid-Jan to end Feb is the ideal time to visit.

2. National Holidays

The main national holidays include: 1 Jan, New Year’s Day; 7 Jan, Russian Orthodox Christmas; 23 Feb, Defenders of the Motherland Day; Mar/Apr, Easter Sunday; 8 Mar, International Women’s Day; 1 May, Labour Day; 9 May, Victory Day; 12 Jun, Russia Day; 4 Nov, Day of National Unity.

3. Length of Stay

A week to nine days is plenty of time to see most of the main sights in the city without having to rush. However, shorter periods, even a weekend ...

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