St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest cities I’ve ever visited. I went in Summer, but I believe it would be equally stunning in Winter. The tourists are gone because of the cold, but local life proceeds apace. Check out the ice sculpting contests, stroll along the Neva or visit the Hermitage. It’s the only time of year that you’ll have the city to yourself. So go indulge your Dr. Zhivago dreams, just be sure to dress warmly. Temperatures can hover at -13 degrees F. Want to experience St. Petersburg with a modern twist? Then book into the new W Hotel St. Petersburg, it opens in March.