THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Enjoy balmy temperatures and bask in the beauty of Summer Garden, St Petersburg’s oldest and most beguiling park. Sitting on the banks of the Neva River, with elegant pavilions and pretty fountains, its baroque beauty shines at this time of year. Equally enchanting, the Alexander Garden is another great place to visit in autumn. Located right in the centre of the city, it features noble statues and tree-lined pathways perfect for afternoon ambles.
In autumn, the imperial palaces and their estates are at their finest, their landscapes decorated with shades of vermillion and gold. Visit the grand Mikhailovsky Palace to explore its attractive gardens, before strolling along the boulevards that run alongside the Neva River.
One of the highlights of the seasonal calendar is the stunning ceremony that heralds the closing of the Peterhof fountains. Taking place in September, the dazzling event sees ballet performances, a light and water show, and a spectacular fireworks display.