St. Petersburg has a lot to offer travelers, especially if you book a budget hotel near the city center. One of the most important questions for travelers is to determine how much time it will take to make a competent route. To help you get a positive experience from your stay in St. Petersburg, we decided to figure out what is better: a boat trip along the rivers and canals or a walk around the city?
St. Petersburg is called the "Venice of the North" because of the numerous rivers and canals. The total length of all rivers and canals of St. Petersburg is 282 km. 7% of the total area of St. Petersburg is water.
By the end of the 19th century, there were about 48 rivers and canals in the Neva delta, forming 101 islands. Time passed, the city was built, and many ponds, having lost their original meaning, became clogged and filled up. Therefore, in the 20th century, as a result of backfilling of channels, channels and branches, the number of islands was reduced to 42.
The main river of St. Petersburg is the Neva. That is why St. Petersburg is called - "the city on the Neva". The Neva Delta includes Lakes Ladoga and Onega, Lakes Saima and Ilmen, as well as the Volkhov, Vuoksi and Svir rivers. The Neva River carries more water than the Don and Dnieper combined.
Walks along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg are very popular among both tourists and local residents. Just imagine how much time you have to spend walking all the sights. If your goal is to see everything quickly and you have only a couple of days for it, then you should definitely choose a boat trip.
If you plan to travel and book a hotel in St. Petersburg from May to October, there are several ways to explore the city by boat: a guided group boat tour or a private cruise. Even the shortest visit to St. Petersburg in the summer must include at least one boat trip along the central rivers and canals of the city.
On or near the piers of Nevsky Prospekt, a wide range of different walks are offered: large boats offer guided tours with drinks on board. There are also small boats. You can rent them by the hour, choose your own itinerary, and bring food and drinks with you. All routes pass along the Fontanka and Moika rivers, as well as along the Griboedov and Kryukov canals. Some also go to the Neva. Around midnight, most of the boats in the city offer the opportunity to watch the opening of the tower bridges on the Neva from the water. Whichever route you end up taking, a boat trip is a fantastic way to see St. Petersburg from a different angle, and perhaps the best possible way to get a sense of the city's architectural beauty.
If you have not yet had time to visit the famous sights, we advise you to organize a trip to St. Petersburg as soon as possible, book the Theater Square Hotel and enjoy boat trips along the canals. Moreover, quite recently a pier was opened in front of the hotel, from where you can go on a river walk.