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  • Address: Sadovaya St., 7 (Садовая ул., 7)
  • Hours: Park open daily. Palace closed Tuesdays and last Monday of the month

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Catherine Palace and Park

Catherine Palace (Екатеринский дворец) is one of Russia’s former imperial palaces and summer residence to its tsar’s built on the orders of Catherine I. Now a museum, the baroque style palace has a neoclassical interior that exemplifies Russian wealth and extravagance.

The palace is best known for the grand suit Golden Enfilade (анфилад), which was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, containing the ballroom known as the Grand Hall or Hall of Lights, and Art Galleries (Большому залу и Картинной галерее); with an immaculate ceiling painting, and sprawls out with distinctively decorated smaller rooms.

Outside the palace is the divine Catherine Park (Екатеринский парк), comprised of 2 parts including the old garden and English Park (Английского парка).

Designed by master Dutch gardeners Jan Roosen and Johan Vocht during the 18th century, the garden contains various elements including the Vangaza stream, which flows down to the Upper and Mill ponds. The pond also contains 2 bathhouses that were added in the 1770’s and sports an impressive 12 weirs.

Practical Info

The mammoth palace stands at an astounding 325 meters (1,000 feet) long, and is located only about 12 miles or 25 km from St. Petersberg, making it a popular and convenient attraction for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come every year. Although lacking in city transportation, there is a nearby rail station, only a 5-minute ride from the city that brings you within walking distance of the palace and park. Many nearby hotels also offer guided tours of the palace, so book in advance.

Tours & Tickets

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2-Day Highlights City Tour of St. Petersburg

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 20 hours

From USD $285.00

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 103 Reviews

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4-hour Pushkin tour
5-hour Pushkin and Pavlovsk tour

From USD $58.02

2-day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 17 hours

From USD $330.00

Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $75.08

Private Tour of Catherine's Palace in St Petersburg

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $130.00

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