Moscow and St. Petersburg resonate with the grandeur and gilded pageantry of the past. From over-the-top cathedrals to great art museums, from ornate palaces to stunning monuments, Moscow and St. Petersburg offer up history at every turn. Which isn’t to say these cities are just museums with people. Both are at the nexus of everything modern in Russia, which means you can savor the past but also trip the light fantastic at a nightclub, shop in a mall, or check out the latest fashions at a boutique.
If Russia is on your travel calendar, check out our Fodor’s Choice features for what to see and do in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and where to eat and sleep. We’ve also got the skinny on Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s coolest neighborhood.