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One of the major sights to watch out for at this time is when the river bridges, all illuminated, open up to an angle of 90 degrees to let the boat traffic cross. Petersburg has a beautiful labyrinth of rivers and canals across the city giving it a distinct character.

Given the iconic classical architecture here, the water is actually one of the best places to get the best views of all these magnificent structures.

The "Stars of the White Nights" festival was originally started by the first mayor of St.

I just returned from a week-long trip to Saint-Petersburg where I met up with a girl I had met online.

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This essentially means that from mid-May to July, the sun Never sets here. It’s not that other cities at similar latitude don’t experience this, but because St Petersburg experiences a long, harsh and dark winter, the 80 days of sunshine aka the White Nights are celebrated with much gusto! Well, here’s what they do: A long walk along River Neva in the middle of the night is one of the most romantic experiences ever.

This is the fascinating phenomenon called White Nights in St. This strange occurrence is caused every summer due to the geographical location of St. At 59 degrees North, it is the northern-most city in Russia.

So get on a boat, and enjoy the river – this is the best time to sail across the waters under a magnificent night sky and fireworks display.

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