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Classical St. Petersburg

Hugh Stewart

Photo: Hugh Stewart

This former seat of imperial Russia has a surreal beauty, especially in the colder months when its fairy-tale architecture—the mint-green Winter Palace, the multi-striped onion domes of the Church on Spilled Blood—stands in sharp relief to the crystalline snow.

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Destinations: St. Petersburg

Hotels (2)

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    Taleon Imperial Hotel

    Spend the night in one of the 60 new suites at the Taleon Imperial Hotel, a favorite of Russian high rollers.

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    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

    National landmark with neo-Baroque façade and Art Nouveau interiors that is the perfect base from which to explore the city's cultural attractions:

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    At the pan-Asian restaurant ask for a seat on the glass-enclosed balcony overlooking Nevsky Prospekt. The Italina, Thai, and Russian menu includes

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    Mariinsky Theater

    Built in 1733 and capped with a distinctive golden needle, the 400-plus-foot spire is a landmark of the Petersburg skyline. It's also a mausoleum f

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