If your idea of getting to know a destination is submerging yourself in its culture, summer is the best time to visit Russia. The warm weather brings with it numerous festivals and open-air concerts that show off the best local talents around. The days are generally warm, sunny and ideal for sightseeing. Late September and early October are also idyllic, thanks to brilliant foliage that can be viewed through the still sunlit days.
For cross-country skiing, skate-skiing and ice skating, head to Russia in the winter months and experience a winter wonderland. Soft sun filters across blankets of snow from September through May.
The end of May through the beginning of July is a very special time in St. Petersburg, featuring a period of “white nights” when it practically never gets dark. Imagine strolling the streets or the banks of the rivers in broad daylight, no matter what time of day!
Overall, the brief but glorious months of spring and autumn offer an excellent opportunity to experience and enjoy all that Russia has to offer.