Unlike Peterhoff, this museum complex is amazing the whole year around. Both the palace and the park are stunning.
Of all the palaces in the area around St Petersburg, Catherine's palace is probably the most beautiful. It houses the famous Amber Room, which is truly one of a kind. Besides, the Grand Hall is also worth seing. At the same time, you can imagine that this place is very popular and there are always lines to see it. Of all the the places in St Petersburg, this one really needs some arrangement in advance. Otherwise, you'd stand in line for hours and ruin your own impression of it. Here I must say that I'm a representative of a company which can arrange such a visit in advance, but in this review I'm only expressing my opinion, not trying to advertise the company I'm working for.
The park is also worth seeing. Don't miss listening to a Russian choir in one of the pavilions, the Grotto, which is situated next to the big lake.
You can also enter the Hermitage pavilion, which is interesting from the technical point of view. When it functioned, the guests would go straight to the second floor as they entered, and the servants waited downstairs. When the guests were ready to eat, the table would be lifted up from downstairs already served. All those 200-years old mechanisms are preserved there.
If you get impressed with amber and want to buy some, in the palace (to the right from the park entrance) there is a very good amber store with probably the best prices in the area.
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