What is the best time to visit Russia? The answer highly depends on what you want to do. Every season has its advantages and disadvantages, so think twice before booking your tickets. In this post, I give my own opinion, based mostly on weather conditions. The warmer the weather is, the more pleasant the trip could be, as for me. Feel free to agree or to disagree.
May — September: Best Time to Visit Russia
Me personally, I think it’s the best.
Advantages are multiple: good weather allows to spend much time outside, as well as to enjoy summer terraces of restaurants. As well as boat trips. Famous white nights in St. Petersburg can be seen only from May to August. Gigs on the squares, festivals in the parks… What else can I say to encourage you to come to Russia in summer?
The only disadvantage: all the touristy places are very busy. Crowds at the entrance to popular museums (and inside the museums) are sometimes scary. What you can do to escape these crowds:
- go on a tour with a private guide. Usually, private guides book entrance tickets in advance, so you don’t have to wait in line for tickets;
- avoid most popular museums, opt for less known hidden gems (for example, if you visit Peterhof, skip the Grand Peterhof Palace and go to the Monplaisir Palace situated at the same park);
- spend your time outside, opt for parks, not for museums.
September — October: Most Romantic Season
Season of golden autumn, the best time for romantic walks in the parks. Take on a cosy sweater and a nice coat — and you’ll be totally ready for golden adventures and taking stunning pictures which will make your friends die of jealousy.
November — January: Most Beautiful Winter Days
First preparations for the most fun, loud and widely celebrated holiday — New Year — start in November. I can’t describe how beautiful cities are at that time: lights, New-year trees, sparkling snow, frozen rivers, colourful markets! The holiday spirit is in the air.
Besides, museums are not overcrowded, so you can easily go wherever you want. Keep in mind, that fountains in Peterhof park (and statues in many other parks) are closed, but palaces are waiting for guests at any time of year.
February — April: No Tourist Crowds
It’s the time when I want to leave and spend these 3 months somewhere in Africa or on the sunny Spanish coast. Because I’m looking forward to spring to come, but it’s cold outside. I have to admit, it’s still a good time for museums, theatres, local cuisine restaurants and hot tea chill-outs in cafés (and warm hugs, especially if you’re not travelling alone 😏)
Or visit southern Russian regions: Sochi, Krasnodar, Crimea — and enjoy stunning maritime and mountainous landscapes, fresh air and local cuisine.
… And then comes May — and life restarts! 🌿
Now it’s up to you to choose which is the best time to visit Russia. If you want to see snow, then come in winter. Proper clothes will save you from cold (but nothing can save from cold your camera, keep it in mind too).
If you prefer wandering outside, then late spring, summer and early autumn are the best. But in any case, I am pretty sure wherever you come, you’ll find lots of interesting things to do and to see.
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Best wishes from Russia,