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Built by former emperor Peter the Great as a "window on the West," Russia’s imperial capital is a treasure trove of art and culture, spectacular palaces, cathedrals and things to do: St Petersburg is to be added to your travel bucket list. Think of it as the yin to capital city Moscow's yang. St Petersburg also vibrates with its rich maritime and revolutionary history. Whether arriving by plane, train or boat, the approach won’t be disappointing. Wander the narrow cobbled streets, marvel at buzzing Nevsky Prospect, glide along the peaceful canals or cross one of the 342 bridges. And don’t forget to explore the country's culinary offerings, too. Russian food, when done well, is homely and satisfying and the city’s restaurant scene has attested to that trend lately. Let your palate guide you just as much as your curiosity. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.