When you’ve lived in a city for many years you start treating all the sightseeing beauties as something ordinary. I have two ways of falling in love with my city again. One is to invite friends from other parts of Russia and foreign countries and show them around – when I hear all those aaahhs and ooohhs I start looking through the eyes of those enthusiastic people and really see St. Pete as for the first time. Or I just climb somewhere very high, and watch all those breathtaking views bird’s-eye.
Most people prefer the Colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. It’s right in the historical city center, and you may enjoy the incredibly beautiful panorama of Neva embankments, bridges and architectural ensembles of St. Pete. But I prefer to take a longer trip to Smolny Cathedral, built by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli and Vasily Stasov. It is considered the pearl of St. Petersburg Baroque and its 50 meter high Belfry is the highest observation deck in the city, with the spectacular panoramic view of the Neva bend, Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge, Smolny Convent of the Resurrection, and other sights. When climbing the 277 steps, you’ll listen to music of the Baroque.
Smolny Cathedral is quite far from the subway stations, about half an hour’s walk. Therefore I strongly recommend you go by public transport: busses №46, 22, or trolleybus №15 from “Chernyshevskaya” underground station, and bus №22, or trolleybuses №5, 7 from “Ploschad Vosstaniya”.