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Catherine Palace and Park Tours

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Catherine Palace and Park
Once the summer residence of the Russian tsars and now a museum, Catherine Palace was named after Catherine I, who had it built in 1717. The structure was later rebuilt into an elaborately decorated Rococo-style palace in 1756 by Bartolomeo Rastrelli under the direction of Empress Elizabeth, meant to rival the Palace of Versailles in France. Today, the palace is famous for its baroque style and neoclassical interior that exemplifies Russian wealth and extravagance. Its main attractions are the Grand Hall, the opulent Amber Room, which is lined with gilded amber wall panels and ornate furniture, and the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) Catherine Park with its masterful landscaping.

The Basics
The blue-and-gold Catherine Palace is a highlight for visitors to St. Petersburg, from where it makes an easy half- or full-day trip destination. Many travelers combine a visit to Catherine Palace with a city sightseeing tour of Pushkin or stops at Peterhof Grand Palace and Pavlovsk Palace. It’s also possible to combine a palace tour with a tour of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful Metro stations.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend at least three hours exploring the palace’s 18th-century decor and exhibits, plus its sprawling park, to which entry is included in general palace admission tickets.
  • Lines can get long, especially in summer; consider purchasing tickets in advance or booking a tour.
  • Photography is not allowed in the Amber Room, and selfies are not allowed in Catherine Palace at all.
  • Official palace tours are typically in Russian, but most tours from St. Petersburg include an English-speaking guide. Audio guides are also available in English and several other languages.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Catherine Palace and Park are located about 12 miles (25 km) outside of St. Petersburg in the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo). To visit by public transport from the city, take a suburban train from St. Petersburg’s Vitebsky railway station to Pushkin and then catch a bus or minibus to the palace. Alternatively, take the Metro to Moskovskaya or Kupchino and then take a minibus to the palace, or book a small-group or private tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff in St. Petersburg.

When to Get There
Catherine Palace and Park are open year-round, but the park is best visited in late spring when flowers are in full bloom and in fall when the leaves change colors. The palace’s opening hours vary by season, but the site is generally open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm or 7pm.

Things to See in Catherine Park
After touring Catherine Palace, travelers should definitely check out Catherine Park. More than a dozen pavilions are spread throughout the green space, including the Grotto, the Upper and Lower Bathhouses, the Cameron Gallery, the Creaking Summer House, and the Concert Hall.
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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Skip-the-line: Catherine Palace and Gardens tour in PushkinAttraction Tickets

Skip-the-line: Catherine Palace and Gardens tour in Pushkin

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Enjoy a 3-hour group tour in of Catherine Palace without waiting in line. Enjoy the beauty of Catherine Palace with a professional guide, who will tell you the history of the palace, describe rooms as you walk through them, and tell you some Russian monarchy secrets. All Russian monarchs lived, worked, greeted audiences, and held diplomatic receptions, gala balls, and masquerades in these gorgeous palace halls. Explore the beautiful Tsarskoye Selo park and experience the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great and unlock the secrets of the Amber Room. Step into the world of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine, as you walk through the gilded ballrooms and imperial halls, and marvel at the opulent decorations. The park that surrounds the palace is a spectacular work of Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines masterpieces of architecture with the stunning beauty of nature.
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Private Tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room and Park in St Petersburg Bus Tours

Private Tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room and Park in St Petersburg

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Step inside Catherine Palace for a private tour of this impressive summer residence. Located in the town of Pushkin outside St Petersburg center, the Rococo palace and former home of the Russian tsars is now a museum highlighting 300 years of local history. Learn the story of its origins, wander among its grand halls and marvel at the world-famous Amber Room, a perfect recreation of the gold-leaf and amber paneled chamber that Nazis stole crate by crate during World War II.
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Half Day Excursion to Catherine Palace with Amber RoomCultural Tours

Half Day Excursion to Catherine Palace with Amber Room

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Visit the beautiful Catherine Palace and Park on this half-day tour. Make your own way to the Hermitage Museum where a van is waiting to transfer you to the palace. Learn about the history of the palace as you explore with a small group of 16 to 18 travelers and take time to admire the ornate Amber Room.
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Explore two of imperial Russia’s opulent structures on a half-day private tour to Catherine Palace and Pushkin. Step into the extravagant world of Empress Catherine the Great and see her grand living quarters including the gold leaf-covered Amber Room. Marvel at the magnificent decor of the palace and then step next door to see the beautiful Pushkin and its gardens, which belonged to the heir of Catherine, Emperor Paul I.
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Step back to the days of Russia’s 18th-century Tsars on a 4-hour tour of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoe Selo. Travel from St Petersburg by air-conditioned vehicle and tour the the blue-and-white baroque palace, sometimes dubbed the Pushkin Palace. Ogle the gold and marble interiors, including the Amber Room, spectacularly coated in amber and mirrors; and admire the gardens. Upgrade to include a visit to the Pavlovsk Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in St Petersburg. Numbers are limited to nine for a more personalized experience.
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What are Catherine Palace and Park hours of operation?
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Catherine Palace and Park hours of operation: Park open daily. Palace closed Tuesdays and last Monday of the month. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Catherine Palace and Park tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Catherine Palace and Park can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 336 Catherine Palace and Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Catherine Palace and Park 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Catherine Palace and Park costs USD 79.00. Guided Catherine Palace and Park tours start around USD 79.00 per person. See all 336 Catherine Palace and Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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