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“One of the best palaces!”

Catherine Palace and Park
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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace
Ranked #1 of 75 things to do in Pushkin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Filled with 18th-century paintings and ornate rooms, this white and gold palace is surrounded by a 1400-acre park complete with fountains, bridges, the Agate Pavilion bathhouse and the Great Pond. The Palace also has a famous Amber Room, stolen by Nazi troops during WWII, but now recreated by Russian craftsmen.
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“One of the best palaces!”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Spent about 5 hours visiting Catherine Palace on a beautiful day. Got there from St. Petersburg by taking the subway, then a local bus. Total transit time to the site was one hour, which was also very easy and cheap. We arrived at the palace around 10 am. Since we didn't have pre-purchased tickets, we looked at the line of people waiting to purchase tickets when the ticket office opened at noon. Since only about 8 people were in line, we took a chance and decided to walk around the grounds to look at the park. Bad decision! We returned at 11:15 am to find that ~50 people were now in the line. That doesn't sound like much, but what we didn't know is each person was holding a place in line for others. For example, the individual in front of us was holding places for 13 others. So at noon the line went from 50 to ~200 in a matter of minutes. It took us until 1:15 pm to get into the palace. So if there is one recommendation, get there early if you aren't on a tour or have tickets...and get in line. The palace tour itself took ~40 minutes, and was well worth the wait. The place is spectacular and unlike the Peterhof Palace, you can take pictures.The only shortcoming the site lacks given the number of people visiting is sufficient dining facilities. We stopped by one restaurant located beside the lake and had an enjoyable lunch, but their overall dining capacity is limited. Visiting Catherine Palace is a great day trip to take from St. Petersburg, well worth the time and money.

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Have to see but need to love history, my teens and young adults loved it! the amber room is awesome! The securiety ladies are rude though and so are some other tourist running into you, the place was packed try not to go in june or july too crowed. still the place is beautiful! beware long restroom lines hugh

Visited June 2014
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“Grounds are amazing, the palace OK”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

First tip: Avoid on a Monday when the Hermitage is closed! The masses of cruise tour hordes was overwhelming in the palace (which is really only a copy anyway--the original was destroyed by the Germans in WWII). But the grounds are worth the entire visit. Not the incredible fountains you find at Peterhof, but the gardens and outbuildings are just amazing.

Visited July 2014
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“What a Palace.”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Catherine Palace is undoubtedly one place to see on a trip to St. Petes. The Palace itself is adorned with majestic paintings and statues. Together with its park, you can stroll for hours enjoying this beauty.

Visited May 2014
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“Beautifully restored and a lovely visit to the countryside”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This Palace is reasonably located in the countryside about 40 minutes outside the city. We were blessed with superb weather throughout our visit which only highlighted how well restored the palace and grounds to their original condition. The gardens are well worth visiting all the way down to the lake area, bearing in mind that many of those who created the landscape originally worked on Versailles, which is evident as one walks around. Definitely worth the effort to leave the city and make this part of any visit to St Petersburg.

Visited June 2014
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