#01 RED SQUARE, MOSCOW

Lenin's final resting place and the heart of Mother Russia.

Things not to miss: Red Square, Moscow, Russia.© mikolajn/Shutterstock 

#02 THE BOLSHOY, MOSCOW

The world's greatest ballet, renowned for drama on and off the stage.

Things not to miss: Bolshoy theater, Moscow, Russia.© Pearl-diver/Shutterstock 

#03 THE HERMITAGE, ST PETERSBURG

View thousands of priceless treasures at Russia’s premier Museum.

#03 THE HERMITAGE, ST PETERSBURG

#04 IZMAYLOVO MARKET, MOSCOW

The best place to pick up authentic Soviet souvenirs.

Things not to miss: russian winter hat, Russia.© Chubykin Arkady/Shutterstock

#05 WHITE NIGHTS, ST PETERSBURG

The sun barely sets during midsummer in St Petersburg and half the city stays up partying.

#05 WHITE NIGHTS, ST PETERSBURG

#06 KUNSTKAMMER, ST PETERSBURG

Don’t miss Peter the Great’s eighteenth-century collection of curiosities.

#06 KUNSTKAMMER, ST PETERSBURG

#07 MOSCOW NIGHTLIFE

From exclusive supermodel clubs to grungy dive bars the Russian capital is far from dull after dark.

Things not to miss: Chandelier dance the night lit up blue.© karnaval2018/Shutterstock

#08 GUM, MOSCOW

Pronounced 'Goom', this elegant Victorian-era arcade on Red Square is perfect for window shopping.

Things not to miss: GUM store, Russia.© VLADJ55/Shutterstock

#09 THE KREMLIN

Synonymous with the Cold War this fortified complex also houses reminders of imperial excess.

Things not to miss: Kremlin, Moscow, Russia.© S.Borisov/Shutterstock 

#10 PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS, ST PETERSBURG

Caper along the battlements in period costume and take a dip in the Neva River.

#10 PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS, ST PETERSBURG

#11 MOSCOW METRO

Marble, chandeliers and rushing commuters: welcome to the world's most ornate underground.

#11 MOSCOW METRO

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