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Seasonal Guide to Moscow: Spring

Want to visit Moscow but not sure when's the best time to make the journey? Well it all depends what you want to do while you're there! Real Russia is here to help with our seasonal guide to Moscow so you can make the most of your time whenever you go.

Spring is a very short season in Moscow, only lasting from the beginning of March until the end of May. It is chillier than a typical British spring with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees right through March. Although temperatures warm up around April they won't go much above 10 degrees so you'll still need to pack warmer clothing.

The best advice is to take a good pair of boots, Moscow tends to have very heavy snow during winter so the spring streets can be treacherous with melting snow. 

Despite the colder weather, the city still comes to life in spring as the fountains are turned on, trees begin to bloom and there are many celebrations to enjoy.

What should I do?

The first few days of spring mark Maslenitsa, a Russian tradition celebrated the week before Great Lent. The pancake festival is especially popular as people say farewell to winter with steaming hot bliny served up at festivals around the city parks and squares.

If you go towards the end of April, the city fountains will be turned on again showing off their glory and will shortly be followed by Spring and Labour Day on May 1st when the city will be filled with marches, or you can visit city parks for more laid back festivities. 

Spring also welcomes Orthodox Easter, one of the most important dates in the Orthodox calendar and is a great time to visit for those interested in Orthodox traditions. Make sure you look at opening times for anything you wish to visit as they may be affected by Easter. 

May 9th is Victory Day, another of Russia's celebrations, which is celebrated with street parties, city parades and fireworks! One popular tradition is the tasting of the "soldier's meal" made up of boiled barley groats and 100g of vodka in rememberance of soldier's rations. 

Best Spring Excursions:

Moscow Metro Tour

The Moscow Metro is unlike any other and the stations have been compared to underground palaces because of their beauty and iconic architecture. The Moscow Metro is the second most heavily used underground in the world after Tokyo's twin subway with average interval times of just 90 seconds during peak travel times.

On this tour you'll visit the most stunning stations of Moscow Metro, learn about the unique history and design of each station and learn how to travel like a true Russian.

Victory Park Excursion

Spring hosts many celebrations of Russia's history and traditions and Victory Park is a great chance to dive into this further. The park takes you on a journe through the Great Patriotic War with a memorial mosque and synagogue, a Holocaust museum and Russian Orthodox Church.

You can tour exhibitions of weapons, military equipment, sculptures and war-time documents. Inside the museum are six remarkable war scene dioramas and an art gallery covering events that occured during the war.

If you want to find out more about Moscow, and other cities throughout the seasons, you can view the rest of our seasonal guide here or view our excursions page here.

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