Location, Climate: St Petersburg is a great place to visit in Russia. It can be found in the Northwestern Federal District and on the eastern part of Gulf of Finland. The peak season in St Petersburg is June when the climate is warm and the White Nights Festival is held so make sure to book a room in advance. Other people prefer going here in September or October when the weather is cool, tourists are gone, and most hotels give discounts. Brief History: Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703 when he went to the marshlands of River Neva which is known to be the country's “Window to the West”. The city played an important part in transforming Russia into a leading European empire. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Wintertime can be fun in St Petersburg because of the Arts Square Winter Festival which is held every December and January. Enjoy a whole month of live music performances in different venues at the Arts Square. There are lots of remarkable attractions in St Petersburg and that includes the State Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevskiy Monastery, Church of the Savior on Blood and Kazan Cathedral. Another popular area in St Petersburg is Vasilievsky Island where you can find several attractions including the Church of the Assumption of Mary, Menshikov Palace and the Exchange Building. Transportation: The metro is the fastest way to get around the city. To enjoy the views, it is advisable to ride the tram. Route taxis which looks more like a van are also convenient because you can stop anywhere you want.