Peter the Great and his Window on the West, well, well well... what a city. But don't believe if they tell you it is not Russian. It is as Russian as it can get. If you are more on the sensitive side, take the city through its literature. Sit down in the deeps of the white nights at the raised hoofs of the Bronze Horsemen and read Pushkin's Poem right where it belongs...no way not to know if he would come after you as well. As Pushkin said: "I love you, Petersburg..."