If you are interested in the history of Russia during the 20th century, the Museum of Russian Political History is the right place for you. Located in two former private mansions that belonged to two outstanding Russian people, the ballet dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya and Baron Brandt, the museum not only reveals the latest history of the biggest country in the world but also shows some interiors from the turn of the century.

There is an exhibition devoted to Matilda Kshesinskaya, an outstanding Russian ballet dancer probably as well-known as Anna Pavlova, who happened to be the lover of two Grand Dukes from the Russian Empire (Sergey and Andrew), and even had an affair with the future Tsar Nicholas II (before his engagement with Alix of Hessen). She had a son from Grand Duke Sergey called Vladimir. However in 1921 she married Grand Duke Andrew and later Matilda received the title of Princess, establishing her own Ballet School in Paris (Margo Fountain was her pupil).

Chronologically the museum displays the events starting from the reign of Catherine the Great. However, the biggest and the most exciting part of the exhibition is devoted to the history of Russia starting from the World War I (1914) and finishing with the year 2000 when Vladimir Putin became the president of Russia.

You will be able to learn about two Russian Revolutions from 1917 – the February bourgeois democratic revolution and the famous October Revolution when the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia. Not so many people know that after the February revolution, when Lenin finally returned to Russia from his exile in Switzerland, the Bolsheviks’ headquarters were located exactly inside the mansion of Kshesinskaya and this is where Lenin had his office. It was in the mansion of Kshesinskaya where Lenin for the first time announced his famous April Theses. The exhibition shows the rooms that witnessed Lenin and the original balcony from which Lenin made so many passionate speeches.

A huge part of the museum is occupied by the Soviet period of the Russian History and it is shown quite impartially. History is always very contradictory, that is why nowadays we are trying to see in every bit of it both the good and the evil. It is not always that easy especially when we talk about the times of the Stalin repressions, but now we have freedom of speech and we can discuss things and come to vital conclusions which help us to avoid the mistakes we have made in the past.

So if you want to know why even after killing so many people Stalin was still considered to be the Father of the nation and when he died the whole country was crying, if you want to learn how the Soviet people actually lived in the times of Khrushchev and Brezhnev and why even after all those terrible events of the 20th century Russians are still able to make jokes about themselves – then you are more than welcome to the Museum of Russian Political History!

The Faberge Museumhas the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.