Throughout human history villages, towns and cities were built next to rivers and seas because people need water to drink, wash their clothes, feed their animals and transport goods, so wherever you are in the world, it is likely that there’s at least a small stream or river in your town. However, St. Petersburg in Russia takes this rule to a whole new level, as the city and its surrounding areas are home to hundreds of rivers and canals that together span 300 kilometers and have 800 bridges that cross these waterways. Water is an essential part of this city and most of the famous tourist activities include water, for instance, virtually every tourist that visits St. Petersburg takes a boat tour of the city and takes a stroll on its famous granite embankments
Even though this narrow canal is only a little more than 5 kilometers long, it is one of the most popular and beautiful waterways in St. Petersburg. The canal is crossed by 21 bridges, many of which can be used exclusively by pedestrians. It connects the lavish historic center of the city with a poor Kolomna District. A walk on the canal’s 5 kilometer long embankment will allow you to see landmarks and regular buildings from different architectural styles and time periods, with the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood being the highlight of the walk.
Neva River is the most famous river in St. Petersburg and the main waterway of the city. The river is traversed by many bridges, most of which are bascule bridges that are raised at night to let ships through during the right. Watching the raising of the bridges during St. Petersburg’s white nights in summer is one of the favorite pastimes of both locals and tourists.
This river used to outline the limits of St. Petersburg, but those days are long gone. Today this river is home to many prestigious mansions and luxurious restaurants that are located on its banks. Fontanka river, located in the southern part of the city, only has embankment on one side, which is unusual compared to other rivers and canals in the city. You can see dozens of famous buildings of historic and artistic value by taking a walk on Fontanka river promenade, or by taking one of the many boat tours of the river.
Moyka River is another famous waterway of St. Petersburg that played a large role in the city’s development, as it surrounds one of the city’s islands. When the city’s construction began, Moyka River was diverted from its original location to flow into Fontanka River, which created a small artificial island called the Summer Garden Island.
4 most beautiful rivers and canals in St. Petersburg, Russia