Rivers and Canals

Most cities are built beside rivers and many cities are built by the sea, but there are few cities like St. Petersburg where water is as much a part of the city's make-up as brick or stone. Built across the marshlands of the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg is interlaces with around a hundred tributaries and canals with a total length of 300 kilometers and over 800 bridges crossing them. In the city centre, St. Petersburg's famous granite embankments are home to many of the city's grandest buildings, and boat trips along the historic rivers and canals are an essential part of any sightseeing itinerary.