Crowds flock to the banks of the river Neva to see the spectacle. You can watch the bridges raised either from land or water – there are night water tours for this. You can go under the main drawbridges on a boat or ship – with music, dinner and a tour guide. Views of the Hermitage Museum, Summer Garden, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Bronze Horseman (a monument to the founder of the city, Peter the Great) and St. Isaac's Cathedral can be enjoyed from the water.
You can also see the bridges drawn from above by sitting on the roof of one of the nearby buildings. For this, there are special night tours across the roofs of the old part of the city.
If you don’t want to sit in one place, you can go for a walk around the main attractions of the city – admire the lights of the Admiralty and the Hermitage, stop at the Kazan Cathedral, turn past the Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood and reach the historic Field of Mars, where the eternal flame burns.