Start with Nevskiy Prospekt. Just stroll along this large avenue gazing in the shops windows. And mind, that all Russian best authors had had their walk here long time ago.
Pass near Gostiniy Dvor – a complex of various commercial spots. They have greatly changed since the 18th century, like everywhere else.
Visit Dom Knigi – “House of Book”. Not only is it a breathtaking place full of books, but there is also a cute cosy café – Zinger with a beautiful view on Kazan Cathedral. Don’t forget to buy your souvenirs.
And Kazan Cathedral itself…
Go up to the dome of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral for a gorgeous view of Petersburg roofs.
Want to see more snow? Walk a bit further to Yusupov Palace – at least in its garden the snow can be…white.
Come back to Nevskiy Prospekt walking along the canals. Depending on the day, it might be even frozen! … or not.
Time to pass by the Hermitage. Don’t get us wrong, it is absolutely worth visiting, but just like Louvre in Paris, it deserves days, weeks, years for thorough exploration. If you just want to make a tick on your list – go ahead. If your life equals art – spend there a day. By the way, the price if you are citizen of RF is lower, consider obtaining a Russian passport before visiting SPb. Joking.
By the way, don’t forget the winter trick – it gets dark really early. So if you want to take the most of your day, at 09.00 be already exploring the city. So if you have any more time left – go straight to the Church of the Savior on Blood. Beautiful name, beautiful place.