Ex-czarist capital, ex-Soviet hero city, St. Petersburg is haunted by the creative souls who’ve inhabited it, and its house museums offer a step into history. Travelers can visit the apartment where Alexander Pushkin was brought to die; the palace backrooms allotted to Anna Akhmatova; the mansion where Vladimir Nabokov grew up; composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s family flat; and the stark Alexander Blok apartment (57 Dekabristov Ul.; no phone), where the poet died of a broken heart after the revolution. Ask your hotel concierge to arrange an itinerary; or, if you prefer to explore by foot, bus (mind the traffic), and metro, follow the directions on our enhanced St. Petersburg walking tour map.
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