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Russian winter – What is it like to go to Russia in winter?

Everything you need to know about Russian winter

Winter is one of those magnificent periods of time when Russia is at its most beautiful. The first days of Russian winter are the prettiest as it snows a lot and snowflakes are big and fluffy. Taking a stroll on a warm snowy day is a must-do when you are in Russia. There’s something romantic and charming about such days.

Around New Year time and mid-January frosty days take over and the temperature drops down to 30-35 degrees below zero. This kind of weather is pretty much standard across central Russia. Southern cities would be slightly warmer and the winter wouldn’t be as harsh and biting.

In Northern and central parts of Russia winter starts in early November and stretches all the way to the end of April. I like Russia in winter. It’s quite still and although your body is exposed to very low temperatures warm clothes are enough to keep you warm.

There are a lot of beautiful cities and places to see in winter including Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and going all the way to the eastern parts of the Russian Federation. If you are going to visit Russia in winter, you definitely want to get a pair of very warm shoes and thick socks. Those who are not used to such temperatures can find it hard to cope with the cold.

Cities to visit during your winter break in Russia

Moscow

Begin your journey by visiting the capital of Russia. Although Moscow might seem a little bit grey and unwelcoming in winter, go out in the evening and walk through Alexander Garden to Kremlin and Red Square. Moscow at night is very bright, beautiful and luxurious. You should definitely go to Gorky Park and try ice-skating.

An early morning walk around Red Square and the Kremlin can be particularly breathtaking, especially if there was a light snowfall the night before.

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Nipping into the GUM canteen next door to tuck into a hearty Russian lunch. Should the weather get too cold, you can always head home using the metro. The warmth of the metro makes a welcome break from the harsh winter outside.

The more adventurous might consider taking a trip out to Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. The classic architecture is a hit with tourists and is particularly breathtaking during winter. A visit to Kolomenskoye is up there as one of the top places to visit in Moscow.

Saint Petersburg

This historical city with its unique architecture should be the first on your list. This city is not as fast paced as Moscow and is popular with creative types and arty people. You will definitely find your muse and inspiration in Saint Petersburg.

You might not see as much snow in Saint Petersburg and Moscow since the streets are treated with salt to melt the ice. However, the first days of winter when it starts snowing heavily are the most beautiful and charming.

Siberia

If you are not a city person and like to experience nature and get closer to wildlife, Siberia is your destination.

Take a stroll in the forest or put your skis on and go skiing in the wilderness. Alternatively, you can jump on a snowmobile and have a fast ride cutting through the cold and frosty air.

For those who seek more adrenaline and extreme, there are a lot of snowy hills for you. Snowboarding and mountain skiing are one of the most popular activities in Russia. There are so many fantastic ski resorts where you can be as close to nature as possible.

The forests of Russia are a particularly beautiful sight during winter, and if you have the chance you must take a wander through one of Siberia’s many forests. Just be careful not to bump into the majestic Siberian tiger.

 

Russia in winter is mesmerising. It’s a lifetime adventure that is totally worth taking on. If you want to read more about Siberia, check out 5 amazing facts about Siberia.

Please feel free to share your experience and whether you found Russian winter warm enough.

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