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first_img2. St Isaac’s CathedralSt Isaac’s, the world’s fourth largest cathedral, has undergone a tumultuous history, including being stripped of religious trappings and turned into a museum during the Soviet era, but the building has remained remarkably intact. The interior has a huge amount marble and granite, and the 100-metre-tall dome is plated in pure gold, although it was painted grey during the Second World War to avoid attracting attention from enemy aircraft.3. The Hermitage MuseumContinuing the ‘grand and old’ theme, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest in the world, having been founded in 1764. It is a museum of art and culture situated among several buildings, including the Winter Palace, that are themselves of historic note, and are often just as, if not more impressive than the items they showcase inside.4. Grand Peterhof Palace and Grand CascadeThe Peterhof Palace is, as palaces go, fairly small, although beautiful. However, the real beauty is its grounds. Based on French styles, from the Grand Cascade fountains to the tranquil lower gardens, it is known as the ‘Russian Versailles’.5. Peter and Paul FortressHome to the State Museum of St Petersburg and filled with many beautiful buildings, the Peter and Paul Fortress is an essential visit. The cathedral within the complex is especially worth a look: the massive bell tower means you won’t be able to miss it. In the summer, the sands surrounding the base of the castle walls turn into a prime sunbathing spot. It gets extremely busy, but braving the crowds is worth it so you can say you went sunbathing in the centre of St Petersburg.6. Boat trip on the NevaGet acquainted with the sights of the city from the comfort of a seated position by taking a boat trip on the River Neva. Tours cost as little as £5, so it’s definitely worth it if you have a couple of hours spare.7. Nevsky ProspektWith its souvenir shops, palaces and cathedrals, Nevsky Prospekt will probably be on your list, but being at the hub of metro lines, you’ll probably end up there without even trying. 8. Church of the Saviour on Spilled BloodThis Russian Orthodox church goes by many names and, depending on who you talk to, you’re almost certainly going to get a different name each time. It is festooned with crazy blue and gold domes on the outside, and inside is covered with exquisite mosaics. From Lenin to the Kremlin, via vodka, 10 of the must-see and do sights, attractions and activities in Moscow. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Video by Pavel Tenyakov. Find hotels in St Petersburg Top 10 things to see and do in Moscow Kornstadt Naval Cathedral is another orthodox cathedral that demands a visit. Recently reconsecrated in order to be used for its intended purpose, chandeliers, a beautiful inlaid floor and colourful mosaic walls decorate its interior. RelatedBargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | PragueBargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | PragueTop 15 attractions and things to do in MoscowFrom Lenin to the Kremlin, via a few shots of vodka, we bring you the best things to see and do in Moscow.Winter wonderland escapes: 5 magical cities of snowWe know a winter escape isn’t about getting your followers double tapping your holiday pics. But if your getaway happens to be dusted with a magical coating of snow, we can’t blame you for snapping every angle. That’s why we’ve picked five destinations that are guaranteed to look amazing under… 9. Drink Russian vodkaIn short, we drink vodka wrong. Really wrong. A trip to Russia will make you realise that sipping it pre-frozen shot glass is how it should be done, not mixing it with cola or orange juice. The Vodka Room is particularly worth visiting to indulge your newfound passion, as it serves a selection of over 200 vodkas. The Vodka Museum is also worth a look, but bear in mind that there is no English translation for the bulk of the museum – so unless you have a translator it can be a bit of a struggle. Amazing architecture of all sorts abounds in stately St. Petersburg, both above ground and under. Mike Sammels takes a look at the top 10 things to do in Russia’s second city. And drinks vodka.1. Take a trip on the metroThe journey is almost definitely more important than the destination when travelling via the metro in St Petersburg. Each station’s decoration is palatial, with exquisite artwork and decorations, making it easily one of the most beautiful subways in the world. B because St Petersburg has a largely one-way driving system, it’s much easier to get around underground (and affordable too, at around 75p per journey). It also happens to be the deepest subway in the world, so prepare yourself for some long escalator journeys.More: 15 most beautiful underground stations: in pictures Read more: Check flights to St Petersburglast_img read more