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Gatchina Palace and Park, St. Petersburg

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Explore the historic imperial residence of past tsars at Gatchina Palace and Park. One hour's drive away from St. Petersburg, the palace sits atop the hills above Lake Serebryannoe, combining themes reminiscent of both a country residence and a medieval castle. Although originally built in 1766 for Count Orlov, Catherine the Great fell in love with the property and upon his death purchased and gifted the palace to her son, the future Emperor Paul I. Explore hundreds of rooms and numerous collections, including furniture, porcelain, antique weapons, sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and textiles. Information about the displays is written in English. Be sure to check out the secret underground tunnel and hear its famous echo before exiting. Afterwards, take a stroll through the large park and around the several lakes. Make Gatchina Palace and Park a centerpiece of your St. Petersburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our St. Petersburg vacation planner.
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  • That is just about 45 kilometers away from St. Petersburg, going to the southwest. Can be reached by train or bus. We took a bus, in the purpose to visit also this renown site, apart from the Tsarskoe...  more »
  • Can be visited if someone has spare time. But nothing great in comparison to pushkin and peterof. Long secret tunnel is great  more »
  • The royal summer residence for the tsars for more than a century, The gardens and palace are extravagant displays of wealth  more »
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  • Operetta Festival. 17-19 June 2017. Excellent performance under the open sky. Watched the Gala concert. It was cool, but at heart the heat ... Festively dressed young people, boys and girls have created an atmosphere of BALA, Strolling among the audience. their bright smiles, fans ladies suits for men. the final salute. gave good mood charge, at least for a month!
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  • This place is very impressive. Austere Castle, a beautiful park with cascading ponds. The Palace suffered during the war, now restored interiors. I advise to visit!
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  • Great place, very friendly and helpful staff, beautiful rooms.
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  • The Palace is interesting, beautiful and unusual, quite different from Saint Petersburg.
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  • Beautiful. Quiet little place
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