"These world-class destinations chosen by our community are rich in history, culture and beauty and offer endless sights to explore," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "To help travellers discover these cities, TripAdvisor has surfaced value hotel options that are bookable on the site, along with fantastic places to eat and play."
Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, was appreciated in three categories at once. The Northen Capital is #1 best destination in Russia, #9 best destionation in Europe and #17 best destination in the world.
TripAdvisor calls Saint Petersburg the country’s cultural heart. The website recommends its visitors to view splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage. Sprawling across the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg offers enough art, nightlife, fine dining and cultural destinations for many repeat visits.