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Seasonal Guide to Moscow: Autumn

Want to visit Moscow but not sure when's the best time to make the journey? Well it all depends what you want to do while you're there! Real Russia is here to help with our seasonal guide to Moscow so you can make the most of your time whenever you go.

Autumn beings around mid-September and while temperatures do start to drop, it's also the start of Moscow's cultural season with a rush of theatre premiers and openings after the summer hiatus. 

Late eptember may bring a week or so of "babe leto" which means "grandmother's summer", when Moscow's parks are particularly beautiful. By October though, the temperature starts to drop dramatically and the first snows will be on their way. The autumn snows rarely settle so it's advised to bring a good pair of boots to combat the slush.

What should I do?

Join the celebrations on September 7th as Moscow celebrates the founding of the city, Moscow turns into one big part with free concerts and fireworks across the city.

The changing of the season is always a chance to see the changing landscape of a city with the park's in a blaze of colour. It's a great chance to visit the botanical gardens and perhaps some of the national parks like Losinv Ostrov.

Autumn is a great chance to enjoy the harvest and the seasonal bounty they offer. You'll find the markets filled with berries, mushrooms, and a cornucopia of fragrant fruits and vegetables. The variety of produce on offer is a gourmet dream and the vibrancy and range of the markets will appeal to those who love photography. 

Best Autumn Excursions:

Traditional meal with a Russian family

Take advantage of the Autumn harvest and enjoy a traditional meal with a Russian family, it's a great chance to learn about authentic cooking dishes and methods whilst learning about Russian life from locals. It's a great chance to find out more about the city from the people who live there daily. 

Kolomenskoe Park

Kolomenskoe Park is surrounded by beautiful nature and the vibrancy of the changing autumnal leaves make for a striking sight. The park introduces the unique wooden architecture of Moscow and is steeped in ancient history with archaeological traces dating back over 2,500 years. The park is right on the banks of the river making it a peaceful spot to enjoy the sights.

If you want to find out more about Moscow, and other cities throughout the seasons, you can view the rest of our seasonal guide here or view our excursions page here.

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