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  1. Danik
    December 14, 2019 @ 3:54 pm

    This is one city in Russia which has escaped me so far and hopefully will do one day (it’s so near to my second home where I go quite often as well, Riga in Latvia). There would be no way in hell I would want to throw myself in an icy lake or pond. Not even gonna do that even if someone paid me a million dollars. 😀 St Petersburg I would love to check out the musuems and see the grandieur on the place (and see if it is like the Paris of Eastern Europe) and the thoughts of sitting in a banya right now is soothing. 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      December 19, 2019 @ 5:09 pm

      Glad you liked it, Danik.

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  2. Debra Schroeder
    December 14, 2019 @ 6:29 pm

    Yikes, below 9 degrees is really cold! The Orthodox Epiphany would be fun to see. Can not even imagine how those brave souls can bear getting into that icy water. Visiting the street fairs, winter parties, and walking the Gulf of Finland sound fun.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2019 @ 3:57 pm

      Glad you liked it.

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  3. Linda (LD Holland)
    December 14, 2019 @ 10:55 pm

    We visited St Petersburg in the middle of the summer. And had never thought of visiting in the winter. But as Canadians, we could certainly handle the cold. I am sure the holiday season is magical. Street parties and festivals would be great to plan a trip around. And it would be great to explore the museums and tourist sites with much smaller crowds. Thanks for showing us another side of St. Petersburg.

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    • dankiteski
      December 20, 2019 @ 9:57 am

      Great to hear that you had a pleasant experience in St. Petersburg and that you might consider it again.

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  4. Ami Bhat
    December 16, 2019 @ 6:40 am

    Brrr….the idea of winter in St. Petersberg does seem cold but with all the suggestions that you have given, the place does appeal. The winter festivals seem like a great idea and I am all for seeing the men brave the cold on Epiphany. That was something I did not know of . I am sure for my dose of warmth, a visit to the museums will be amazing

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2019 @ 5:02 pm

      Glad you like it.

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  5. Indrani
    December 16, 2019 @ 8:18 am

    Interesting to know about the Orthodox Epiphany custom. Did you get the cross? I don’t like the cold too much so will prefer the museums and the visiting the performing art. Among the various winter festivals I am keen to see the Ice sculptures festival in Saint Petersburg.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2019 @ 4:56 pm

      They sure have some great museums.

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  6. c
    December 16, 2019 @ 5:08 pm

    Wow! I had no idea that winter was this long in Saint Petersburg. I guess it’s a wonderful place to have a white Christmas. Happy to know that hotel prices are cheaper during this time. Will certainly consider this during our future trips.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2019 @ 4:04 pm

      Thanks.

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  7. Yukti
    December 16, 2019 @ 6:50 pm

    As Saint Petersburg is one of the most popular tourist cities in Russia, it is always on my wishlist. Good to know that it is a beautiful destination throughout the year as it turns into a magical wonderland during winter. I would love to see famous sculptures here if I visit here in winter.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2019 @ 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Yukti.

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  8. Medha Verma
    December 17, 2019 @ 8:07 am

    St Petersburg is on my bucket list and I am planning a trip in 2020 but in the summer. Looking at your post, I realise, its quite beautiful in the winter as well. I do love cities illuminated by the white snow, even though I feel really cold. The Russian baths look great, I’d have to head there! Also, the street fairs would be a great place to enjoy some authentic food, shopping for souvenirs and just the vibe of the city itself. Can’t wait to get there. I can only imagine what a frozen river/ canal looks like!

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    • dankiteski
      December 20, 2019 @ 10:35 am

      Great to hear that you considered it a stop for one of your trips.

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  9. Umiko
    December 19, 2019 @ 3:27 am

    I think watching thousands of people jump into the freezing water to catch the cross during Orthodox Epiphany is one thing that you can’t miss while visiting Saint Petersburg in the winter. Then ice fishing at the Neva River is another one that I want to do, as well as experiencing walking on the frozen Gulf of Finland. Saint Petersburg in winter is now in my radar.

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    • dankiteski
      December 19, 2019 @ 5:04 pm

      Glad you like it Umiko and I hope you soon visit st. Petersburg.

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