Begin your small-group walking tour of St Petersburg’s hidden side at Vosstania Square metro station. Here, amid the ornate décor, your guide will show you the metro’s last surviving image of Stalin and help you discover huge station doors that lead to a secret nuclear shelter.
Next, try a glass of local honey beer at a pub bedecked with Soviet Air Force paraphernalia, including ejection seats and an SU-27 tail fin. Afterward, continue with your small group to see a Soviet-style building where Red Octobers – nuclear submarines – were designed, and view a monument to Russian submarines.
From here, head on a short walk to the house of Rasputin, one of Russia’s most mysterious men, and glimpse Lenin’s apartment nearby. Follow your guide through the dim archways of the buildings to experience the spooky darkness of the “well yards.”
Escape to Baltiysky train station and admire its gorgeous art nouveau façade before a short stroll to see an entire yard built like The Wizard of Oz. Your guide will point out the Emerald City playground as well as paintings and sculptures of the storybook characters.
End your small-group walking tour next to Vladimirskaya metro station, where you’ll see a monument dedicated to Dostoyevsky, one of Russian most famous authors.