Things not to miss
#02 THE BOLSHOY, MOSCOW
The world's greatest ballet, renowned for drama on and off the stage.
View thousands of priceless treasures at Russia’s premier Museum.
#04 IZMAYLOVO MARKET, MOSCOW
The best place to pick up authentic Soviet souvenirs.
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The sun barely sets during midsummer in St Petersburg and half the city stays up partying.
#06 KUNSTKAMMER, ST PETERSBURG
Don’t miss Peter the Great’s eighteenth-century collection of curiosities.
#07 MOSCOW NIGHTLIFE
From exclusive supermodel clubs to grungy dive bars the Russian capital is far from dull after dark.
#08 GUM, MOSCOW
Pronounced 'Goom', this elegant Victorian-era arcade on Red Square is perfect for window shopping.
#09 THE KREMLIN
Synonymous with the Cold War this fortified complex also houses reminders of imperial excess.
#10 PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS, ST PETERSBURG
Caper along the battlements in period costume and take a dip in the Neva River.
#11 MOSCOW METRO
Marble, chandeliers and rushing commuters: welcome to the world's most ornate underground.
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