Be warned: narrowing down your options here can be a challenge.
Metropol Hotel, the setting for Amor Towles' novel A Gentleman in Moscow, is just as readers might imagine.
It's been a long cold winter and mushrooms are starting to sprout - everywhere.
Russia, and Russians, will make sense eventually. It just takes time, and patience, and vodka.
The city's new arts districts are revolutionary.
The cold will sap your energy, the mosquitoes are huge, there are ticks and the alcohol can be dodgy: travelling through Siberia is no picnic – but the rewards are plentiful.
A river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow skims the surface of the world's biggest country
The largest country in the world has a lot to offer the intrepid traveller. Start with the unparalleled candy coloured spires of St Petersburg and the surrounding Red Square. Diverse landscapes, strange old resort towns and the most desolate place on earth, Siberia, beg to be explored. Don't miss sweating it out in a public banya (steam bath), sailing across Lake Baikal, or a trip to the ballet.