Separated by 650 kilometres, a mere step in the vastness of Russia, these two remarkable cities are jewels of history and culture as well as the powers driving modern Russia today. Both are cities of superlatives and deeply personal to the Russian people, both are "Hero Cities" and both have been Russia’s capitals on more than one occasion.
Let Real Russia take you to explore the pride and heart of the Russian empire and the capital of a confident new Russia, the mighty Moscow.
Walk on Red Square, visit the treasures of the Kremlin, explore the "people’s palaces" on the deepest metro in the world as well as visit the less well-known artists quarter of "Old Arbat", the Soviet Exhibition park at VDNKh and the heights of Sparrow Hills. Not enough? Maybe include a trip to the all Russian Tretyakov Gallery or Stalin’s secret bunker. Did we mention the Bolshoi?
Everywhere you look you will see Moscow has its roots firmly in Russians glorious past and its eyes fixed on the future, though its unique blend of architecture where the ornate spires and domes of the ancient Tsars rub shoulders with the skyscrapers of the Soviet Union and glass superstructures of the 21st Russia.
From the moment you step into this city of billionaires and ordinary muscovites, you will never see Russia, or the Russians the same way again.
'Venice of the North'
The soul of modern Russia, Saint Petersburg is considered to be the most ‘European’ of all Russian cities, and not by accident. In its early years of growth, some of the best European architects were chosen to give the city a ‘modern’ and ‘European’ look; a decision that has led to the centre of Saint Petersburg being labelled a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All of this is not to say that you will be missing out on Russian history and culture; Saint Petersburg was at the centre of the February Revolution in 1917, and plays host to the Hermitage, one of the largest depositories of Russian art in the world.