Catherine Palace and Park, St. Petersburg

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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. Our St. Petersburg road trip website makes visiting Catherine Palace and Park and other St. Petersburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is a smaller scale beautiful palace with stunning ceilings, floors and doors. Catherine really loved gold. The grounds are lovely to walk and you will have a very pleasant day.  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous. When you see this palace and park, you can feel what a great empire Russia was. One of the "must visit" places.  more »
  • Very pretty palace with nice reception rooms. Of course the most impressive is the amber room, but also other rooms are very nice. Definitely a must to visit once you are in the area.  more »
  • Visited here in Winter - it was snowing and gloomy, and way too cold to walk around the park, unfortunately. Nonetheless, the palace was extremely grand and opulent, with extremely intricate detail in the architecture. It is quite a distance away from the city centre though - if you only have a couple of days, the Hermitage has a similarly grand and beautifully embellished architecture. Though perhaps in summer time it will be nice to walk around the entire park complex!
  • Seen this place in Summer and now in Winter, beautiful as always but of course, the gardens are better during Summer. The interiors of the palace are well preserved and opulent. Be sure to line up early as the people inside the palace could be really crowded.
  • Palace is a beautiful work of art and an important piece of history that has been well preserved. Get ready to take a lot of pictures. Pushkin itself is a town with its unique vibe. Palace is closed on Tuesdays but you can still walk the gardens.
  • The whole place is very beautiful and a place where you can spend a whole day. The amber room is a very good reconstruction of the missing original. The park itself is very nice, especially in spring and summer, but also in winter when its covered by snow and not crowded by so much people. You should plan some time for standing in lines and queues as its pretty full with mostly asian people but the guardians are very disciplined, experienced and the speed is pretty good.
  • Mesmerizing, just jaw-dropping! The Amber Room is a must-see. It was pretty organised but busy because we were in a cruise group tour. We had enough time to enjoy the details of the interior decor, however, as expected, when you get to the popular rooms, it is too crowded. In most places you are allowed to take photos except the Amber Room. We were asked which is better ... Versailles in France or this. Each palace is unique, however, this wins for me.

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