Spring reaches St Petersburg towards the end of March and is generally seen as one of the best times of year for sightseeing and culture. Although it is still quite chilly, the sun is out and it's not as busy as it will get in summer during tourist season. The city starts to come alive as the winter melts away and St Petersburg has a feeling of celebration.
The sight of the ice from Lake Ladoga flowing down the city's waterways out into the gulf of Finland is an especially spectacular sight.
If you come visit during spring there will be sun but you'll still need to pack warm outerwear, and especially a good pair of boots to deal with the melting snow and an umbrella for those spring showers!
What should I do?
Spring is a very busy time, especially early May, with two public holidays. May 1st is a public holiday and May 9th is Victory Day; if you want to see parades, fireworks, and Russian street parties, this time is the time to see St Petersburg!
Easter is unquestionably the most important date in the Orthodox Calendar. For people interested in Orthodox traditions, there are many traditions to enjoy, with candlelit services running into the night on Good Friday and the resurrection is celebrated for a week afterwards.
There are many musical festivals through spring, there's the Jazz Spring in St Petersburg International Festival in April, the famous Stars of the White Nights Festival and the SKIF festival which offers a diverse mix of ars, dance, elecronica and experimental music.
Spring is probably the best time for art enthusiasts as the museums will be near empty compared to the bustling summer days so it's the perfect time to take advantage of St Petersburg's cultural gems.
Best Spring Excursions
State Hermitage by foot
Take a stroll along the beautiful embankment of the Neva River to reach one of the most impressive museums in the world. There are over 3 million pieces of work in the building, houses in six buildings. You will be taken on a guided tour of the musem to see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, the Armorial Hall, the Pavilion Hall with various amusements and the gallery of 1812 which holds numerous delicate portraits.
Hydrofoil to Peterhof
The trip takes you on a journey to Peterhof as you travel across the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil, leaving every hour. You'll be taken to the Lower Park of Peterhof to see the famous tourist attraction of the gorgeous fountains, which draw millions of visitors each year.
If you want to find out more about St Petersburg, and other cities throughout the seasons, you can view the rest of our seasonal guide here or view our excursions page here.