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  • Address: Sadovaya St., 7 (Садовая ул., 7), St. Petersberg 196601‎, Russia
  • 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.

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace, St Petersburg, null
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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 $81.05
Private Catherine Palace and Metro Tour by Public Transport, St Petersburg, Full-day Tours
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Private Catherine Palace and Metro Tour by Public Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This private tour allows you to visit the legendary Catherine Palace with the Amber room and see some of the most beautiful metro stations afterwards. ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $62.00
St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Imperial Residence Tour with Catherine Palace and Peterhof, St ... 
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Imperial Residence Tour with Catherine Palace and Peterhof

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

While in port in St Petersburg, visit the magnificent summer residences of the Russian emperors on a full-day shore excursion with a small group. Discover ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.46
Half-Day Tour to Pushkin and Catherine's Palace from St. Petersburg, St Petersburg, Ports of Call ... 
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Half-Day Tour to Pushkin and Catherine's Palace from St. Petersburg

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Enjoy a 5-hour tour from St. Petersburg to the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo), which lies just outside of St. Petersburg and has a marvelous ...  Read more

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

From USD $109.00
St.Petersburg Imperial Residences: Tour of Catherine Palace and Peterhoff Gardens, St Petersburg, ... 
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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
Private Half Day Tsarskoe Selo Tour from St Petersburg, St Petersburg, Cultural Tours
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Private Half Day Tsarskoe Selo Tour from St Petersburg

A private excursion with an English speaking guide to Tsarskoye Selo, an outstanding example of world architecture and landscape art.

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

From USD $291.85
1-Day Introductory Highlights Tour: Visa-Free Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion, St Petersburg, ... 
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1-Day Introductory Highlights Tour: Visa-Free Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion

This comprehensive, one day introductory tour is ideal for guests who wish to make the most of their one day visit to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg. ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Customizable Full-Day Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg City Tour, St Petersburg, City Tours
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Customizable Full-Day Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg City Tour

Take part in a 10-hour shore excursion tour of the fantastic city of St. Petersburg. On this full-day private tour, you can see and do what you want–it's fully ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $407.00
Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace, St Petersburg, Ports ... 
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Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 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 $71.33
Small-Group Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace Tour from St Petersburg, St Petersburg, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Small-Group Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace Tour from St Petersburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Discover two of Russia’s greatest imperial residences, Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace, on this 6-hour tour from St Petersburg. Traveling by minivan ...  Read more

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

From USD $120.00

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