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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  • This was an amazing experience! The palace from the outside was fantastic to look at but the inside was even more so. The wealth and opulence were prevalent everywhere you went and it was just as much...  more »
  • This palace, often referred to as Catherine's Summer palace, is a marvelous example of high style Rococo, with the long stretching elevations featuring white columns fronting a blue facade. It is loca...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic building and gardens where you could spend the whole day exploring the wonders of the Palace and garden. We only had a few hours but our guide made sure we saw what was most important. The Amber Room in the Palace is amazing but there are guards everywhere and you are not allowed to take photos. The gardens are beautifully landscaped with a small lake you can walk around. A visit we will never forget.
  • This place is extremely amazing. I am in great awe of how lovely and meticulous the design as well as the restoration was. My local tour guide was Olga and it was so lovely. The great room known as the bright room was breathe-taking. And please looked at the Amber room. So amazing, took 10 years to restore it.
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