Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin
(4.7/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web)
Located just a short drive southeast of St. Petersburg, opulent Catherine Palace and Park once served as the official summer residence of Russian royalty. Originally built on the orders of Empress Catherine I, the imposing palace underwent a massive reconstruction during the reign of her daughter Elizabeth, who spent exorbitant sums on grandiose Baroque projects. No expense spared, the building's facade and roof statues once contained over 100 kg (220 lbs) of gold. Now part of a World Heritage Site, the palace and its gardens represent the finest expression of Russian imperial architecture. The easiest way to explore this massive complex is with an audio guide, available at the on-site ticket office. Check online for opening hours and guided tour options. To visit Catherine Palace and Park on your holiday in Pushkin, and find out what else Pushkin has to offer, use our Pushkin vacation trip planner.
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  • Such an amazing place. Our guide Olga took us round this extraordinary Palace. The many public rooms have been renovated after sad times during the Second World War. Fortunately photos of the interior...  more »
  • We went to this residence in June: the heavenly façade from far away stood out among the trees in the Park. The residence of Catherine I was begun in 1717 and was the subject of several reconstructions: Italian architect Rastrelli in the mid 1750 rebuilt it again. We walked into this that was the summer residence of the Czars (lucky them!) and it was a succession of rooms all decorated in gold, paintings on the walls, a swarm of tourists, the amber room that is really a delight. It is decorated with panels on which there are six tons of amber. For its beauty has been called the eighth wonder of the world. She was taken away by the Nazi Germans during World War II and made riscotruire by the Germans since the original panels have disappeared mysteriously. We visited the huge Ballroom, designed by Rastrelli between 1752 and 1756 with bi-coloured walls, and used in case of receptions, important lunches or even masked balls. We walked for a few hours in the Park and we enjoyed the Lake, the Hermitage, the grotto, the flower gardens and statues scattered around the grounds. We went back to St. Petersburg satisfied of what we admired in these Park and Palace of Pushkin. In the summer you don't go too late in the morning to check them out because you may need to do long lines before entering.
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  • visit Pushkin in winter if you can: the recently restored Palace is a golden wedding favor surrounded magically by Park covered with white snow. a radiance
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