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  • Address: Sadovaya St. 20
  • Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except for the first Monday of the month, when it’s closed); last admission is at 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Adult admission is R450.
Built in 1777 under commission of Catherine the Great and featuring the works of architects like Charles Cameron, Jacomo Quarengi and Carlo Rossi, the stately Pavlovsk Palace was a gift from the Empress to her son, the future Emperor Paul I, to mark the birth of her first grandson. A magnificent neoclassical complex set in an idyllic 1,500-acre estate, the palace is surrounded by landscaped parks and woodlands, and served as the summer residence for the Emperor and his wife, Maria Feodorovna, until his untimely death in 1801.

Today, the painstakingly restored palace is open to the public and provides an intimate glimpse into the life of one of Russia’s most enigmatic rulers. Visitors can peek into the chambers of Maria Feodorovna, where her personal items are still on display; explore the state rooms, decorated with an impressive collection of furnishings, fine china and paintings; and admire highlights like the lavish Throne Room, the grand Dining Hall and Paul’s Library, home to a series of tapestries gifted to the couple by Louis XVI.

Practical Info

Pavlovsk Palace is located 30 kilometers south of St. Petersburg city center and can be reached by train from St. Petersburg’s Vitebsk station (a 40-minute ride) or by guided tour, often combined with a visit to nearby Pushkin. The palace is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except for the first Monday of the month, when it’s closed); last admission is at 5 p.m. Adult admission is R450.

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

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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 $58.55

Pavlovsk Palace and Parks Guided Tour

Pavlovsk is situated about 5 km away from the town of Pushkin. Pavlovsk Great Palace was a present from Catherine the Great for her son Paul.

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

From USD $117.10

St. Petersburg Half-Day Private Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces

Enjoy this half-day private tour and let your guide help you explore Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace and parks. Compare the magnificent style of Russian ...  Read more

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

From USD $160.00

Private Tour: Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Pushkin and Pavlovsk

Leave the hustle and bustle of St Petersburg behind and take to the skies above its surrounding areas in a hot air balloon. Enjoy a bird's eye view of this ...  Read more

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

From USD $449.00

Private tour to Pavlovsk in St Petersburg

Take a private tour of the beautiful Pavlovsk Palace; explore the glorious palace and gardens of the English-style Palace and get inside access to the world of ...  Read more

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

From USD $130.00

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