|Saint-Petersburg - is is
located at - 59°57' degrees North, 30°19' degrees East. The city's area equals
606 square kilometers. 1439 square kilometers including suburbs. Due to the
city's northern position it enjoys the phenomenon known as the "white
nights", which lasts from May 25-26 through to July 16-17. July 22. the
Solstice Day, is the longest day (18 hours 53 minutes); the shortest day is
December 22 (5 hours 52 minutes).
The climate is humid, close to maritime, with a moderately warm summer and a rather long moderately cold winter. The average winter temperature is -8°С, the average summer temperature is +18°С. In dry hot weather the temperature may rise to +25°С/+30°С. The temperature drops dramatically in winter, reaching -25°С/-30°С. Precipitation reaches 634 mm per year.
The Neva River is the city's main waterway. The name of the river derives from the ancient name of Lake Ladoga, the Neva where it begins. The Neva is 74 kilometers long, flowing 32 kilometers within the city boundaries. The average width of the Neva within the city is 600 meters, depth - up to 24 meters. In the delta, the Neva splits into three main branches: the Bolshaya Neva, the Malaya Neva and the Bolshaya Nevka. The city is located on the hanks of the Neva and about 100 rivers, canals and straits. Water constitutes 1/l0th of the area of the city. The abundance of islands has led to the construction of a multitude of bridges. Of these, there are 308 within the city proper, and 534 if suburbs are included. Twenty two of the bridges are drawbridges. The total length of all the bridges is about 16 kilometers. The longest bridge across the Neva is the Alexander Nevsky Bridge (909 meters), and the widest bridge is the Siniy Bridge on the Moika River (99.5 meters).
Saint Petersburg stands on the 47 islands of the Neva Delta. The biggest islands are Vasilievsky and Petrogradsky. Floods occur frequently in the city. Most often they happen during the autumn due to strong westerly winds. In the history of the city the Neva has risen above the ordinary level more than 300 times. The biggest flood was on November 7th 1824 when the water rose 4.1 meters above the ordinary level.
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There are 57 underground stations in St Petersburg forming 4 lines of the Metro Network.
For longer journeys, or if you are in a hurry, the metro is the most efficient transport. The St. Petersburg Metro is perhaps not as impressive and monumental as the one in Moscow, yet it looks more impressive than most other subways and undergrounds in the world. It is the deepest subway in the world. Normally trains arrive every 2-4 minutes.
The stations open at about 5:45 a.m. and close between midnight and 0:30 a.m. You can transfer from one line to another until 0:15 am. It is recommended to avoid "rush hours", when the trains are crowded (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.). All signs are in Cyrillic print. The cost of a trip on the metro is cheap.
Why we love St Petersburg