November 26-29, 2015
Saint Petersburg | Russia
Welcome to Saint Petersburg!
St. Petersburg is the Northern capital of Russia, its most European city with its own ambiance and lifestyle. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great on the site of the Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, it was boosted by assimilation of the best European achievements in all spheres of culture and science – from urban planning and architecture, to the founding of museums and universities. This is the reason why guests from Europe feel at home here – everyone finds traits of familiar European culture in St. Petersburg: the Dutch recognize its numerous canals, Italians – lacey wrought-iron bridges, public gardens in the French British and German fashion and the monumental architecture of cathedrals.
The city is the largest center of international cooperation hosting more than 50 consulates and offices of political and economic international organizations: the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the CIS, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, a branch of the Eurasian Development Bank etc. The city hosts more than 50 public universities, about 40 private institutions, and more than 350 scientific organizations which participate in intensive international cooperation.
The population of St. Petersburg is more than 5 million people, the size of the entire populace of Finland. It is a well-developed center of industry and economics. Among the main industries are processing, transport and logistics, ship-building, construction, and Fast-moving Consumer Goods. St. Petersburg is also the second largest financial center of the country with more than 140 banks and 400 financial structures including Forex Exchange, Futures Exchange, Petroleum Exchange.
Of course, St. Petersburg is very well known as a unique tourism and cultural center. The city itself is already an open-air work of art – with its granite-clad embankments, iron-wrought park railings, square, columns, statues and spires. Guests may enjoy more than 200 museums, the star of which is the internationally-recognized Hermitage, consisting of the royal Winter Palace and the numerous collections of ancient and modern art. Visitors are also welcome to more than 70 theaters, the Mariinsky Theatre, with its three stages offering ballet, opera and concerts, being a must-see for any art connoisseur.
Come and enjoy the white nights from the end of May to mid-July. Countless restaurants of all possible national and international fusion cuisine, pubs and clubs of any music genre are open round-the-clock in the city that never sleeps.