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“Arrange the palace visit beforehand”

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve
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Skip-The-Line Private Tours: Tsarkoye Selo and Peterhof from St.Petersburg
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Pushkin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
St. Petersburg, Russia
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“Arrange the palace visit beforehand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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Piracicaba, SP
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

This palace is a must see in St. Petersburg. The place was destroyed by nazis and took a huge effort to rebuild and it is perfect. You can feel the Tsar atmosphere and walk through the Tsar's gardens.

Visited July 2014
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“Massive queues”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

I loved my trip to Catherine Palace and thanks to Trip Advisor friends got there easily by public transport however the queue to get in was 1 hour and then once inside there was A LOT of jostling with tour guides etc and very little instruction in English where to pick up the audio guide etc. Saying that once we got passed these hurdles we had a wonderful visit and the palace is a must see.

Visited July 2014
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Unbelievably, breathtakingly beautiful. I've seen photographs and documentaries about this palace, but until you've actually been there, you have no sense of the scale of the palace or the grounds and no concept of the beauty inside. The level of opulence is difficult to describe. The Amber Room alone is worth the trip. We were a group of five and had a private guide- definitely worth doing, as we didn't have to wait for hours on line to get tickets or be rushed through with a big group.

Visited June 2014
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“Don't miss this one! The Amber Room is magnificent! (So is the rest of the palace!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

The beauty of this palace--and the Amber Room in particular--can almost bring one to tears--especially if you are aware of the history of the mystery of the loss of the original and its whereabouts today. Seeing it is a memory that I will keep always. The Amber Room was the personal highlight of my St. Petersburg visit. Pictures cannot describe the intricacy of the amber mosaics and sculptures in this room..(and you can't take pictures inside it!) A tour to this palace with a guide in high season is a must--we were shepherded past a large group of "singles" waiting to enter and guided into a "back" door--ahead of the mob--and had the entire palace relatively to ourselves until we reached the Amber Room where we had to wait--but even then, our group of 13 had the room to ourselves for those few precious minutes allotted to our tour group. (glad I wasn't in the group of 40 who were ahead of us!)

Visited June 2014
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