Russian communal sauna tradition
Sauna (banya in Russian) is something special for me. When I was a child I lived on the north of Russia and sometimes we did not have opprutunity to take bath at home as pipes were exploded because of the frost. that's why I always did banya in my childhood.
By the way banya is a very strong Russian tradition. We believe that it cleans not only the body but soul as well. I feel that banya is a kind of ideal place where no one can be frustrated as it relaxes and gives enegry (we'll jump in cold water after hot steam room!). In case you would like to touch this kind of Russian tradition, join me once!
We will meet people who live nearby and love sauna by all their heart. For most of them going to sauna is a weekly tradition.
!! As I am woman this tour is for women only !!
So, what means go to communal sauna ("banya"):
- — see all that nude people (women only) and share space with them
- — use communal basins and showers
- — go to the steam room
- — do all this for 2.0 hours
What included in the tour fee:
- — water
- — shampoo, soap and other nice stuffs
- — entrance ticket
- — switch of green birch twigs
What you need to take with you:
- — flip-flops or other shoes for sauna to protect your feet
- — towel (if you don't have tell me in advance, I'll take one for you)
- — fresh clothes (to change after the sauna)
Women are not available to take sauna during menses!
You don't need swimsuite, all people are naked there :)
Remember: this tour is kind of daily life extreme for curious people ;-)
Regular ticket: 1500 RUB per person
Metro station Vladimirskaya (red line)
Russian communal sauna tradition - customer reviews
July, 9 2015
This was an EXCEPTIONAL tour. Sasha is an incredible person, very versed in Russian culture and banya tradition as well as a delight to spend time with. It was truly one of the best parts of my visit to St. Petersburg and I can't imagine having gone to a traditional banya without having a guide to show me how it all worked. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough to any woman who wants to see what Russian banya is like.
June, 6 2013
This morning was my second banya experience in Russia and my first communal banya experience, hosted by Sasha. It was so wonderful - Sasha is an excellent tour guide and banya aficionado :) I was very comfortable going to the banya with her and would highly recommend any adventurous female to take this tour! Many thumbs up and you will not regret it! If you are shy of the nudity, I would encourage you to give it a try anyhow, as it was not at all uncomfortable and well worth the nude effort (and I am an American, not accustomed to nude sauna)! Additionally, the banya was very clean - I thought - and will give you a good look into a famous Russian pastime. Bolshoe spacibo Sasha! I had a super stellar time :)