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Home to cultural figures like Gogol, Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky, St Petersburg has seen historic events including the end of the monarchy, the Bolshevik uprising and 1917 Revolution. With hundreds of museums and theatres, St Petersburg is Russia's cultural heart and features such architectural gems as the Winter Palace, the Kazan Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. For entertainment, head to Nevskiy Prospect, the city's main avenue. This bridge- filled city spills across 44 islands on the Neva River.
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