White Nights: summer in St Petersburg
The few brief weeks of the White Nights – those incredible, luminous northern midsummer eves when the high latitudes are bathed in a pearlescent all-night glow – and sun-filled summer days in St Petersburg are an intoxicating time. By day, locals revel in the heat and the outdoors; by night, there are festivals, concerts and partying to indulge in.
White Nights revelling starts in May, when the city finally succumbs to spring and the parks are filled with flowering trees, but mid-June is peak time, as the sun slumps lazily towards the horizon but never fully sets.
Some practical advices
In St. Petersburg some (usually expensive) shops and restaurants accept payments by credit card. You can also find a lot of cash machines in the city. Normally by cash it is possible to pay only in rubles. In particular, in the city suburbs you can pay only by cash in rubles, and there are no cash mashines. It is advised to take some cash in US dollars and credit cards and change dollars into rubles in St. Petersburg. Travellers cheques are also accepted in banks. There are a lot of exchange offices (in the airport, also in the centre of the city, e.g. at Nevsky prospect). Exchange rates do not differ a lot. You can change almost any currency, but usually you lose more on difference in rates for European currencies than for US dollars. USD and EURO are accepted at any exchange office of the city.
St. Petersburg is a relatively safe city, for instance, more safe than Paris or some other capitals. However, you should be aware of pickpockets. Please keep in mind that you, as a foreigner, will be considered by them as a “rich person”. If you walk after midnight in the city, it is better to be in the company of another participant. However, please remember that the subway is closed after midnight, and ask in your hotel when if it is open during the night.