One of the main Russian lifestyle traditions is the famous Russian Banya
(bathhouse). In terms of technology, materials, design, and impact on the human organism it differs from Finnish, Roman, and other bathhouses. It is important to keep in mind the climatic conditions: one of the main wintertime pastimes in ancient Russia was cutting holes in the ice and swimming in cold bodies of water, or rolling around in the snow right after steaming in the bathhouse, and this contrast in feelings is only possible during the winter.
We can say with certainty that the Russian bathhouse is today more of a symbolic artefact, but nonetheless in Moscow and Saint Petersburg there are bathhouses built before the 1917 revolution that are still in operation today
, surviving the Soviet period and continuing their traditions. In the winter or during the autumn, perhaps, you might especially like visiting a traditional Russian bathhouse.