Now this one is going to sound a bit strange, but just bear with me. Russia can boast being one of the coldest places in the world, and it has served them well during enemy attacks throughout the centuries. But one of the greatest dangers during the winter actually happens to be icicles! Since they grow so large, they have fallen from gutters and injured passers-by. Many sidewalks will be blocked because of this.
If you happen to visit St. Petersburg, you should really take a walk (avoid sidewalks) to the bridge that takes you to the Peter and Paul Fortress. There you will see a statue of a hare which pays tribute to the thousands of hares that perished in the massive flood in the 18th century. That’s sweet, isn’t it?