Population: 4.9 million
Area code: +7 812
Currency: Russian Ruble, click here for the exchange rate
Public transit: ground transportation (buses, trams, trolleybuses, shuttle taxis), the Metro, water taxis
Emergency phone numbers: 01 for Emergencies Ministry, 02 for police, 03 for ambulance
St. Petersburg, the largest major city this far north, is acclaimed as one of the finest cities in Russia and Europe. Founded in 1703 on the banks of the Neva where it flows into the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire the whole time while the Empire existed. St. Petersburg became a kind of a window on Europe for Russia and, conversely, St. Petersburg is this window through which the world can see all of Russia.
The General Staff building, a prominent architectural landmark in the very centre of St. Petersburg, was designed by Carlo Rossi and built in 1820–1830. Erected across from the imperial residence – the Winter Palace – the magnificent classical edifice of the General Staff completed the harmonious look of Palace Square and its status as the administrative heart of the imperial capital. The westerly wing of the building housed the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, while the easterly wing was reserved for the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire.
On display in the rooms of the General Staff are numerous notable specimens of Russian and European painting, sculpture and applied arts from the 19th though 21st centuries.
The State Hermitage was rated the best museum in Europe and one of the world’s top three in 2016. When they visit St. Petersburg, many international travellers admit that the Hermitage alone “makes it worthwhile to visit Russia and St. Petersburg.”
The business programme of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum has been hosted by the General Staff Affiliate of the State Hermitage every year for five years. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the State Hermitage - it inspires us to set sights on new, greater goals.