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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 Private City Tour of St Petersburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

This highly personal private tour was created to include more personal interaction with the city and culture as well as including all of the most popular ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 17 hours (approx.)

From USD $330.00

2-Day Highlights City Tour of St. Petersburg

2-Day Highlights group tour offers the most famous sights in St. Petersburg, including Catherine palace with Amber room, Peterhof with Fountain park, Peter and ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 20 hours (approx.)

From USD $285.00

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

Visit the magnificent summer residence of the Russian Tsars. A comfortable chauffeured drive will take you to the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), where you ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.60

St. Petersburg Private Tour of Catherine's Palace and Park with Skip-The-Line Tickets

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Explore the summer residences of the world of Tsars, see the magnificent Catherine's Palace and park with a friendly guide. With a private tour, you can enjoy ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

4-hour Semi-Private Catherine's Palace and Amber Room Tour

Take advantage of this Semi-Private   Skip-The-Line Special Early Admission to Catherine's palace of Tsarskoye Selo. Make new friends and ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.00

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover Russia’s Imperial extravagance on a day trip to the town of Pushkin, led by a private guide! After leaving St Petersburg, explore Pushkin on foot and ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.13

St.Petersburg Imperial Residences: Tour of Catherine Palace and Peterhoff Gardens

Imperial Residences tour is specially designed for customers who have limited time in Saint Petersburg and need to maximise their time there. This is your ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00

St Petersburg Royal Experience: Imperial Reception at Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo

Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feel like royalty on this overwhelming experience found nowhere else. Enjoy a completely private tour of Imperial ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $6,575.00

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