about 1 hour (at a calm pace, without visiting museums)
This is your first time in St. Petersburg and you want to see the Northern capital in all its splendor? On the Palace Embankment and its surroundings, you will find the main imperial residences and grand-ducal palaces, world-famous museums, gardens and parks.
You can go on a trip to Palaces of St. Petersburg during the day and, if you have a lot of strength, combine it with a visit to the Hermitage or the Russian Museum.
In the evening, when the museums are closed, you will see famous architectural monuments in decorative lighting, and at night during the navigation period you can admire the layout of the Neva bridges.
Starting from the Palace Bridge, you will hit the road along the main front embankment of St. Petersburg. You will see a panorama with a view of the Neva in its widest place, on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
A walk along the Palace Embankment will introduce you to such attractions as: the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and the palaces of the Russian aristocracy, two beautiful St. Petersburg drawbridges and two old "humpbacked" bridges that have retained their appearance from the 18th century.
From the Palace Embankment you will turn into the Summer Garden, famous for its unique lattice and collection of statues. Here is the Summer Palace of Peter I. The second exit from the garden is to the Moika embankment, where you will see the Mikhailovsky (Engineering) castle - the last residence of Emperor Paul I and a branch of the Russian Museum.
Crossing Sadovaya Street, delve into the alleys of the Mikhailovsky Garden. Any of the two exits from the garden — back to Sadovaya or to the Church of the Savior on Blood — will lead you to the square of Arts and the palace of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, where the main exposition of the Russian Museum is located. This is the final destination of your journey.