Autumn is a short season in St Petersburg and is definitely time to start wrapping up. After the festivals and celebrations of summer, autumn becomes slightly more focused as everyone prepares for the long winter.
If you're lucky you'll experience "babe leto" or grandmothers summer which brings an unseasonable week of warm to the city.
You'll need to make sure you pack a little warmer, and if you plan on exploring the city by foot, which we would recommend because of the gorgeous changing colours, make sure your shoes are waterproof!
What should I do?
Autumn is an extremely beautiful season to visit with the parks in striking autumnal colours and the last flowers before winter highlighting the beauty of the city. This is when the imperial palaces and parks are considered at their best, with their extensive landscape gardens a sea of vibrant reds and rich brows. It's also a quieter time to visit after summer.
Autumn is also the start of the city's cultural season after the August hiatus, and there are always a number of exciting premiers and openings.
Best Autumn Excursions:
The Pavlovsk Palace
The Pavlovsk Palace is a stunning palace and park, a summer residence to Russian Emperor Paul I, but visiting in autumn gives visitors the chance to see the landscaped gardens as they change colour. The landscape park is one of the largest in Europe, covering in 600 hectares with beautiful greenery which is glorious in the sunshine. Inside the palace itself, the collections were inspired by the journey of its owners through Europe in 1781 and the ravishingly beautiful private rooms of Empress Maria Federovna, which were decorated by Quarenghi and Voronikhin, are again open to the public.
City Tour at Night
Bundle up warm and take in the autumnal beauty of St Petersburg glimmering in the moonlight. The Nevsky Prospekt is busy at all times and comes to life especially at night with spirit and colour. The Prospekt takes you past some of the most historic sights as it runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railways station up to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
If you want to find out more about St Petersburg, and other cities throughout the seasons, you can view the rest of our seasonal guide here or view our excursions page here.