Things to do in
Winter Palace

Enter your dates to find available activities

Winter Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets

1. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets

Use your self-guided audio tour to discover the main chambers and the most famous works of art at the Hermitage Museum. See the living quarters of the imperial family, the Pavilion Hall with the Peacock Clock, and the Malachite drawing-room. Climb the Grand Staircase made of white marble and explore a vast collection of artwork from across Europe. Ranging from prehistoric crafts to works of modern art, use your audio-guide to learn more about the extensive collections on display. The self-guided tour is designed for 1.5-2 hours, but you can stay in the Hermitage Museum for as long as you wish to discover even more beautiful interiors and unique exhibits.

...
St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

2. St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

Visit the Hermitage Museum on your own with an easy-to-use skip-the-line entry ticket. This service will make your visit to one of the most popular art galleries in the world completely efficient and stress-free. Even better, your pre-booked ticket with a timed entry will be delivered to you by a company representative, who will also assist you to enter the museum. They will then explain the rules of the museum, give you directions, and will assist you to get audio guides and museum maps, if requested. Once inside the museum, you are free to stay as long as it is open. Explore the fabulous, world-class collections of the Hermitage at your own pace, taking all the time you need to see each fantastic display. Only certain areas will require additional tickets, like the General Staff Building, and the Impressionists collection. But don't worry, you can add them on to your regular ticket upon entry. Your host will show you how this works when you arrive at the museum.

...
St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Alexander Column in Palace Square. Skip the long lines and enter the museum right away. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to the present day. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, furniture, and jewelry. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from your knowledgable guide. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons, and Byzantine applied art. Choose the “Hermitage and Staff Building” option and visit the restored halls of the General Staff Building located in front of the Hermitage. See famous masterpieces of Western European art, 19th-century painting, Impressionism, and Postmodernism. Continue to explore the museum after your tour ends to your heart’s content.

...
St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

4. St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

The State Hermitage Museum ranks with the Louvre, Prado, and Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the world's most important and richest art galleries. Explore the museum and learn more about its founding and collections during a 3-hour guided tour in St. Petersburg. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Raphael and Leonardo's "Madonna", Titian's "St. Sebastian", and Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son", as well as "The Golden Peacock" by James Cox and "Crouching Boy" by Michelangelo are just a few of the superb works of Western European art in the Hermitage. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons and Byzantine applied art. You can visit the Treasury of the Hermitage as a special add-on tour. Please note that the Treasury tour is by request and subject to the confirmation by the museum. After you have been given a comprehensive overview by your guide, you will be able to remain in the Hermitage, admiring the vast array of art, for the remainder of the day. The other popular add-on to the highlights tour is a tour of the Impressionists' collection located in the General Staff Building.

...
St. Petersburg 3-Hour Private Hermitage Museum Tour

5. St. Petersburg 3-Hour Private Hermitage Museum Tour

The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg ranks among the most famous museums in the world. The whole complex of Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and the Hermitage Theatre is known as the State Hermitage. Tour this magnificent and lavish setting with a private, 3-hour tour. With your guide, enjoy skip-the-line access to the museum. Then walk through the halls, which include more than 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and many more epochs, countries, and regions. Find out about its beginnings, back in 1764, when Catherine the Great purchased a big collection of Western European paintings.  Learn about the development of art and material culture in the West and the East from prehistoric times to the present day. There are remarkable collections of paintings, prints and sculptures, as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, archaeological finds, furniture and unique articles of jewelry. If there is any one area that interests you the most, simply ask your guide and the tour will be customized to include it. If you are a true art enthusiast, book the special tour option which includes a visit to the restored halls of the General Staff Building located in front of the Hermitage. It holds many famous masterpieces of Western European art, 19th century paintings, impressionist and postmodernist art works.

...
Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

6. Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

Not very numerous urban areas on the planet can compete with various authentic spots and historical places of the previous Russian capital. From the earliest starting point of the tour you begin feeling overpowered with the loftiness, taste and mystery of this brilliant city which is loaded with awesome history facts! The tour begins with a meet and welcome procedure with your guide in your hotel lobby. The tour will be constructed relying upon your lodging area. A private guide lead you through the city on foot, or travel with you by private car (depending on option selected). Enjoy a 1 hour sightseeing tour with several stops for to take photos. You then visit the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul. This is the first building of the remarkable St. Petersburg and there are tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. Afterwards, continue the city visit with a few photo stops on Mars Fields, close to Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Neva embankment.   After, you can enjoy a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral. The fourth tallest dome building on the planet, and in the past the main Russian Orthodox church of the nation. A lunch break follows afterwards (not included). You then enjoy a tour through the Hermitage Museum. Third of the world's biggest exhibition halls are famous for it's wide gathering of works of art from various periods and well known because of acclaimed fine arts.

...
St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

7. St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

After pickup from your hotel or cruise ship by your private guide, learn the story of the October Revolution. Find out why Tsar Nicholas II renounced his throne and see the Winter Palace that was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Continue on to the cruiser Aurora and discover how the ship became fundamental to the success of the Revolution. Then, proceed to the Museum of Russian Political History in the former headquarters of Vladimir Lenin and his comrades. Visit his former office and see the famous balcony from which numerous history-changing speeches were made. Learn from your guide the foundations of the Soviet State while exploring the Museum. You will hear Stalin's voice in an old phone, handle rifles from World War II, and go inside a typical Soviet style apartment from the 1960's with fully reconstructed interiors. Finally, understand the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as the contemporary history of the Russian Federation. Your guide will answer any of your questions and after the tour you will have a much better understanding of the origins of the Russian Revolution, the foundations of the USSR, and how Russia's turbulent history influences its present.

...
St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Hermitage Skip-the-Line Private Tour

8. St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Hermitage Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Discover the collections of the world's second-largest museum, the Hermitage, as well as the Winter Palace with an expert guide who will easily navigate you around the iconic collections and masterpieces so that you will not feel overwhelmed by the enormousness. Meet your guide and enter the Hermitage through a separate entrance with skip-the-line entry and begin your 3-hour guided tour of the complex. With the help of your knowledgeable guide, you can be sure you won't miss any of the highlights. Visit the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, and New Hermitage buildings and learn from your expert guide about the collections housed here.

...
Hermitage and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil Day Tour

9. Hermitage and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil Day Tour

See the most famous landmarks of Saint Petersburg on this combination tour. Visit the Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil. Starting at 10:00 AM, meet near the Alexander Column at Palace Square. Cruise passengers who booked a visa-free option will be met by their guide or a company manager at the port. The entry to the museum will be "an early skip-the-line entry" and it is very important to be on time at the meeting point to start viewing the collection before the museum doors are open. On a 3-hour highlights tour of the Hermitage Museum, you will visit the Winter Palace to see the reception halls of the former winter Imperial residence and see the highlights of the Western European art collection including Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Rubens, Michellangelo and others. Please note that the visit to the General Staff building collection of the Impressionists can not be added on. After the completion of the Hermitage Tour and a quick bite break, you will be off to meet your guide at 2:30 PM at the Alexander Column again, where you will then walk together to the hydrofoil wharf. During the hydrofoil transfer, you will see St Petersburg highlights from water and enjoy views of the Gulf of Finland. The hydrofoil arrives at Peterhof Gardens. Exploring the gardens with you guide, learn the history behind the world-famous fountains and the Grand Cascade.  The return trip back to the St Petersburg city centre is by hydrofoil too. Cruise passengers who purchased a visa-free option will be transferred to the port after arrival to Saint Petersburg. The tour is available in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French. 

...
2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

10. 2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

Day 1: St. Petersburg Take a complete tour of Saint Petersburg's most famous sites - beginning with St. Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square, the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - the burial vault of the Romanovs. Thereafter the gorgeous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy a lunch at one of the respected restaurants of the city. In the afternoon enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum.  Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the world wonder - the Amber Room - during a half-day tour to the magnificent baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). The Park surrounding the palace is a wonderful work of the Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, combining the masterpieces of architecture with the nature beauty. The tour includes a lunch in a restaurant close to the palace. In the afternoon you will discover Peterhof - St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Located on the sea shore, The Great Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. 

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Winter Palace

Want to discover all there is to do in Winter Palace? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Winter Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,552 reviews

The tour was simply marvelous! It was as interesting and educational as it was enjoyable. Our guide, Elena, is absolutely first-rate. As part of an extended walking tour (including a highly interesting visit of the Museum of Political History, she told us an enormous wealth of facts and details about Russian history from the revolution to Putin's Russia today. Coincidentally, Putin even came to town that day. While giving us the big picture, Elena also drew our attention to seemingly small details (which we would have all overlooked if we had taken the walk by ourselves). We are coming back and thank you very much again for an unforgettable day!

The entrance to the museum is no problem, the audio guide is guided at the beginning of everything along the route, it is inconvenient, if you receive a call, you answer, then you need to download the application again. From the middle we lost our way through the halls of Italian painting. It is advisable in the Hermitage itself to add additional signs to route 1 or 2. Further, the inspection was carried out independently not along the route.

We had an incredible experience. Our guide Olga showed up exactly on time, was very articulate and made every effort to make a 3 hour long journey in Russia's cultural history an awsome experience. Her vast knowledge and dedication to her work will remain in our minds for a long time. Thank you again Olga!!!!!!!

Great visiting feeling! We quickly and easily issued tickets, there were no difficulties in passing through the turnstiles! EVERYTHING IS FINE!

It was very easy to use and covered the most important aspects of the Museum