Well, the city in question does have a wintry climate, and it is located in a breathtaking cusp of water that helped it earn the name 'Venice of the North.' It was also a city capital for 200 years, and was moved only after a revolution in 1917. The city in question is Saint Petersburg, Russia.
All the wonderful things you've ever heard about Russia; the large round domes that flare out like 17th Century dresses, the grand palaces, the beautiful snow falling across stark black sky known as 'the white lights' all apply to Saint Petersburg. But this city of almost 142 million people ups the beauty ante by adding over 300 bridges with wide, elegant canals, creating a Metropolitan twist to the typical Russian flare.
How vast in size and importance is this glorious winter wonderland? 'Today Saint Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city, Europe's eighth largest city, a major European cultural center, and the most important Russian port on the Baltic. The city has a total area of 1439 square km, which makes it the second biggest city in terms of area among cities with over a million inhabitants in Europe, after London.'