The most beautiful city in Russia is Saint Petersburg which is easy to reach if you are in Scandanavia or any of the Baltic countries.
I had purchased a package that included transportation from Helsinki and a Visa for my
2 days in Saint Petersburg.
The city was created by Europeans so it naturally has a European quality.
I concentrated on the Hermatage Museum and the Peterhof which is a day trip by bus and if you wish by boat.
The Hermitage was not in good condition after the Soviet Union had left history so money was raised abroad to bring a great museum back to its former glory.
It is on the same level as the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
It is a good idea to come early since it gets very crowded.
The next day had a wonderful trip to the Peterhof,went by bus and came back on a fast boat.
Had rare good weather it was around 72F or 22C
This is not a city that you should ever skip if you are in the area.The big hassle is getting a Visa,the best way to lower the high cost is getting a package by Rail or Ship from Helsinki,Finland.