Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin

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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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  • No wonder the proletariat overthrew the Tzars when you see how excessively grandly they spent on themselves. What is more amazing is that this palace was gutted by Hitler's forces after the siege of L...  more »
  • The grounds here are exceptional with beautiful fountains and during the summer and fall great flowers. Make sure that you walk down to the lake. When you realize that Catherine didn't walk anywhere, ...  more »
  • Catherine palace vs Peterhof palace. If anyone ever wonders if time is short which palace is worth visiting while in St Petersburg. We found that Both Catherine and Peterhof palaces are reconstructed ...  more »
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  • Amazing gardens. There are several pavilion to visit and they all have wildly different styles, which makes it fun. Some are available to visit with a ticket (like the amazing Cold Baths, where the Agathe Rooms are located) and some can be visited for free (like the Chinese style pavilion and the Italian Style pavilion with authentic roman mosaics from the 2nd century) Just strolling around is nice, and they are more chilled than Petergof, with lots of locals enjoying the scene.
  • Very beautiful park, part of the Catherine Palace. Great place to stroll around. Make sure you wear walking shoes!
  • On the doorstep of Catherine's Palace are the French-style gardens with their symmetry of straight rows of trees trimmed in geometric design. This style appealed to the the Russian aritocratic ideals of the first half of the 18th century when the gardens were first designed.
  • Huge queue and a full park make the experience unpleasant. Add the impossibility to book online the tickets and the production line processing of tourists....and you take all the beauty away from the experience. 2 hours in the queue be prepared.
  • Incredible views. Over the top opulence. Flower garden were impeccable.
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