Nighttime river and canals cruise. St. Petersburg is rightfully called the “Northern Venice”, as it was built in the marshy area on the delta of the Neva River. Because of its location the architects had to design a major, complex system of canals for drainage to surmount the environment – more than 100 canals spanning 300 kilometers were built in total, a trademark of the city today. Cruising along the canals and rivers in St. Petersburg is undoubtedly both the best way to get acquainted with the unique spirit of the former imperial capital and to admire the facades of the city, along with its pink granite embankments and several of its 350 bridges, each with a specific name and history. The most beautiful bridges have decorative wrought-iron railings and ornamental sculptures. The splendidly illuminated facades enhance the beauty of the main buildings, monuments, squares, and palaces, showing a new aspect of the city, especially on the scenic embankments along the canals and the Neva. In summer, especially during the period known as the White Nights, a captivating semi-daylight surprises the visitor. Raising the city bridges every night allows ships to cross the city center, creating a one-of-a-kind spectacle. The image of the raised bridges is a symbol of the city and an unforgettable memory for the traveller.