Musement shares five Instagram accounts that capture the majesty of St. Petersburg so alluringly, you’ll no doubt start looking into the visa application process for Russia.
The most “European” Russian City of them all, St. Petersburg dazzles the bejesus out locals and visitors alike. Exuding traces of the Imperial years everywhere, the city of the Tsars, fittingly nicknamed “Venice of the North”, is an elegant cultural hub that mesmerizes travelers, many of whom can’t wait to return for more. Whether you’re already enamoured with St. Petersburg or intend to be soon, here are five Instagram accounts you should follow.
Local Mikhail Zefirov’s Instagram feed captures St. Petersburg at its most luminous with a strong emphasis on light, golden along with the dainty pastel shades that spectacular sunsets emit. From a fireball sun peeping over the horizon to pink skies to sparkling lights reflected in canals or puddles, Zefirov’s feed proves just how easy on the eyes St. Petersburg is.
Ivan Smelov captures St. Petersburg quite remarkably, from the open drawbridges and onion domes typical of the city’s skyline to the radiant shades of the vast evening sky. His snow-blanketed cityscapes will beckon even the most cold sensitive to roam the spectacular winter wonderland. Smelov travels a lot, so you’ll find excellent snaps from other destinations that will no doubt whet your travel appetite.
Yana Yamalova’s Instagram feed is a testament to how much she loves her city. Her pictures capture just about anything that catches her eye, from wide shots of the gorgeous architecture to close-ups of intricate design minutiae to the occasional double rainbow. She shares a candid glimpse of St. Petersburg, often capturing details one might otherwise miss.
Mikhailov does a lovely job capturing St. Petersburg. His distinct dark aesthetic that emphasizes shadows and shades of gray, all of which add to the city’s mystique. The contrast between dark and light in his night pics is exquisite, and one glimpse of his feed will make you want to bundle up, grab your camera and start exploring St. Petersburg…if you’re in town. Otherwise you’ll be looking into flights.
This lovely Instagram feed also depicts a darker, shadowy side of St. Petersburg with gray skies juxtaposed against the magnificent architecture. In addition, there are lots of endearing candids such as umbrella holders, strider-bys and phone glancers, all of which give an honest glimpse into local city life.