Summer in the capital cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg may seem a bit grim this year. News on the political and economic fronts is depressing, and the poor exchange rates have kept many people from taking vacations abroad. In fact, a lot of people are too stressed, or too worried about money, to even take a vacation in Russia.
Virtually every day of summer in St. Petersburg is a holiday. The white nights in the northern capital are almost three months of non-stop sunlight, boat rides, strolling, eating, drinking and partying.
The Venice of the North, like its namesake in the south, has always welcomed foreign and domestic tourists. In recent years, the city has strongly supported tourism, which means that it has made it relatively easy to buy, build, reconstruct and open new hotels.
The northern capital has plenty of fitness centers and sports halls, and far more public bathhouses than Moscow. But life in the far north, where the sun barely rises for half the year and the damp cold coming off the Neva River wreak havoc on your appearance, requires special care and a bit of indulgence.
Ten years ago you seemed to wait forever for a seat in the sun.
To help you make the best of summer in Russia, weТve gathered together recommendations for summer dining, frolicking in parks, entertaining your kids, enjoying staycations, and taking some УmeФ time in the countryТs spas and wellness centers.
So dig in! Take a break from your everyday lives and enjoy the summer riches of Moscow and St. Petersburg. They wonТt last long!