Vosstaniya Square is a great place to start a sightseeing tour around the city.
Saint Petersburg by foot.
There are thousands of ways to explore the famous monuments and areas of Saint Petersburg, by inventing your own route with the help of a map, with a guide or on an organised tour. If you fancy going it alone, an interesting route would be to start at Vosstaniya Square (Russian for insurrection), where you'll find the Vosstaniya metro station which used to be a nuclear bomb shelter. The station is worth a visit for its unusual architecture and lavish decoration, including an image of Stalin if you have time to look for it. From here, you could walk towards Nevsky Prospekt, which is the main street in the city and one of the most historic in the whole world. From here, why not cross the Fontanka River to visit the numerous parks and gardens in this area, such as the Ekaterininsky garden.