St Petersburg is the second largest and one of the most beautiful and most touristic cities of Russia. The population of the city is more than 5,300,000 people. The city is situated in the Northern-West part of Russia on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Besides the Neva River there are about 100 smaller rivers and channels in St Petersburg, that’s why it is often called Northern Venice.
Situated in the Northern-West part of Russia St Petersburg features a humid continental climate. It has warm, humid and short summers and long, moderately cold wet winters. The average maximum temperature in July is 23 °C and the average minimum temperature in February is −8.5 °C. Because of very northerly geographical location of the city the sun in summer period does not descend below the horizon enough for the sky to grow dark. This phenomenon is called The White Nights and normally lasts in St Petersburg from June 11th to July 2nd. This is the highest tourist season in St Petersburg.