Catherine Palace and Park

Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin: Hours, Address, Catherine Palace and Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Catherine Palace and Park
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Parks • History Museums
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
Filled with 18th-century paintings and ornate rooms, this white and gold palace is surrounded by a 1400-acre park complete with fountains, bridges, the Agate Pavilion bathhouse and the Great Pond. The Palace also has a famous Amber Room, stolen by Nazi troops during WWII, but now recreated by Russian craftsmen.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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from €30.25
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Amazing palace without English
Apr 2021
Peter the Great - the St. Pet founder left three outstanding palaces in the area, you cannot tell which one is more splendid. All three (Hermitage, Peterhof and this one) I rated 4 stars only because of no English on a paid tour.
St. Pet is a world class destination, these palaces are UNESCO world heritage sites of outstanding beauty and importance, and it simply doesn't fit in my head how can they sell guided tours without English option ??!! I booked the only offered tour thinking it'd be bilingual, but no - only Russian. English is very scarce even on the small plaques and not present in all rooms.
If you have prepared beforehand, you'll figure yourself but that's no excuse.
Due to Covid daily visits are limited, so I suggest buying tickets online beforehand. I'm not sure if they sell tickets at counters at all.
Have in mind, you'll need at least 45 min by taxi from St. Pet center as the palace is out of the city to the south, further than the airport.
The palace is splendid - Peter the Great built it as a summer retreat for his wife Catherine I, but it was Catherine II (the Great) who's responsible for its enlargement and today's look.
Among many alike rooms you've seen in palaces worldwide, the Amber room here stands out with its beauty. Have in mind this is not the original one, but recreated, as the Nazis stole it during WWII.
Gardens are the same beautiful, and all together with the Palace visit, plan half a day including both way transport.
Written 20 May 2021
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Alexandra G
Rome, Italy284 contributions
One of my favorite in St. Petersburg
May 2021 • Friends
The place is just perfect, not too big comparing to other palaces, very beautiful, full of history.

We really liked it inside and outside, we enjoyed excursion bought online via official website, it was not too long nor too short, very informative and interesting.

A must have in St Petersburg !
Written 8 May 2021
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Hi Go
2 contributions
Worst ticket system
Apr 2021 • Friends
The park may be wonderful but the ticket system was just horrible. The guy registered 49 people’s ticket at the ticket office and it took more than 45 min. Many people forced to wait patiently in very cold rainy weather. It definitely made the impression of here so worst. People said it because the online ticket system doesn’t work but I’m not sure it’s due to this terrible ticket system, very self-centred guy or ticket lady who just concentrated on her job.
Written 3 May 2021
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Dana215
Quito, Ecuador148 contributions
The place may be amazing, but instead of asking for your ticket 4 times they could have measured people’s tem
Sep 2020
Admittedly, every 15 min a new group is let in and the numbers are low... but!!!
The stuff are wearing visors and gloves , no masks. They check your id-why???

No one is measuring your temperature....but they will ask you to scan your ticket 4 times ...
Written 14 September 2020
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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,502 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2019
18th century Rococo Palace built for Catherine 1, the wife of Peter the Great. Destroyed during WWII and has been beautifully restored ever since. Gold leaf everywhere! The Amber room and the impressive reception and function rooms are essential viewing. Due to recently restored flooring we had to wear protective shoe covers. We were part of an organised Alla Tour which was thoroughly recommended as we managed to avoid the main queue..
Written 18 August 2020
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lalitcoo
409 contributions
"Must go "
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful place .........people should go with their family .

We have enjoyed this place so much .

Suggestion : Take your food with you because food is expensive in this place

Written 9 August 2020
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia989 contributions
Opulence of the Czars
Aug 2019
What an opulent palace, required 100kg of gold to give it the distinctive gilded look. Initially built for Catherine, wife of Peter the Great, founder of St Petersburg. The palace is an amazing piece of Rococo architecture. The disconnect between the ruling class and the peasants and working class of Russia over many years led in 1917 to the revolt against the government of Czar Nicholas II & the creation of The Soviet Union. We visited the Palace & Amber room as part of our 2 day Alla Tour.
Written 23 July 2020
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Malgorzata
10,211 contributions
It's an amazing place to visit
Jul 2019
The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great. Originally a modest two-storey building commissioned by Peter for Catherine in 1717, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who chose Tsarskoye Selo as her chief summer residence. Starting in 1743, the building was reconstructed by four different architects. The building was to be built to compete with Versailles. The resultant palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades featuring gilded atlantes. The interiors of the Catherine Palace are no less spectacular. Another place worth seeing. A beautiful palace and park complex.
Written 8 May 2020
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Julia S
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK410 contributions
Quick visit on way to Airport!
Mar 2020
The summer palace of Catherine 1, regretfully we needed more time to visit, some areas are under renovation/decoration but the areas we did see were stunning - stunning in gold leaf. Extensive reception rooms, family rooms and in the exhibits (particularly silver plate). Again we were treated to a virtually deserted Palace. The Amber room and history behind the replication of the panels very interesting. Again I can't recommend this enough - but leave plenty of time..........
Written 30 April 2020
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cvtmuench
Mesa, AZ224 contributions
Beats Versailles, Palais Garnier, and Frederiksborg
Jul 2019
Wow, pictures don’t do it justice!!! Went to Catherine’s Palace (Peter the Great’s wife Catherine I) in Pushkin, the summer palace of the tsars - talk about Rococo! Gilded rooms and doorways left and right... over 200 pounds of gold in the palace. Overwhelmingly beautiful!
Written 29 April 2020
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