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“Worth The Long Drive”

Catherine Palace and Park
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Small-Group Tour of Tzar's Village: Catherine Palace and Amber Room
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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“Worth The Long Drive”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We visited the Tsars Village as part of our 2 day tour of St Petersburg. It is a good hours drive from the town centre but it is worth the journey. Following a major fire much of the building has been reconstructed, and renovation is still taking place. As you approach, the palace appears as an imposing but colourful structure with pretty gold onion dome on the roof. Through the entrance gates and you are in a huge courtyard with the palace on one side and the gardens on the other. Great photo opportunities.

Inside there are shops and toilets if you need them There were many tour groups here so had to queue to get into the main palace. On entry you have to put some stylish green covers over your shoes. You then follow a set route through the various rooms of the palace, waiting for the group in front to move on. Many of the old rooms are spectacularly ornate, and the main attraction, the Amber Room, was unusual. It was not rushed and we had plenty of time to hear all about the history of this amazing palace.

We would love to explored the grounds further but had to get back into the city. It is worth a visit, but recommend that you go with a guide to fully appreciate what you are seeing.

Visited July 2014
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“A beautiful palace and gardens, I loved some of the smaller grotto's”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Home of the world famous amber room, I actually didn't like the amber room, but loved every other room and the gardens.

I loved the gold room, which leads to the never ending corridor, you feel like you are looking into two mirrors and seeing a never ending reflection.

I loved the transition from the gilted rooms to some of the newer styles. I loved the furniture and the stories that went with them. Some of the pictures at the end of the tour that show the extent of damage to the palace before the renovation are quite shocking, it's really unbelievable to think it's the same place.

In one of the little grotto's in the gardens there was a 4 man group who sang like a choir, the acoustics of the building made it sound like there were hundreds of men singing. It was a truly beautiful moment.

I did love this palace but if I had limited time on my itinerary and I wasn't hoping to see the amber room, I would choose the Peterhof gardens or the Faberge museum over this palace. Those were my favourite parts of my overall tour.

Visited July 2014
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is a wonderfull palace to visit and when you see the restoration that has took place since the last war you will be impressed. Go.

Visited June 2014
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“Amazing .........but not as good as Peterhof (in my opinion)”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Amber room is truly outstanding as is the amazing mirrored hall - Jaw droppingly amazing. As with my other reviews - use a guide, get there early, and you'll be able to take some amazing pictures and indulge in looking at some amazing artefacts from such an amazing time in history. I'm not particularly interested in history but the guide kept my attention and just as I was getting bored of seeing any more rooms..........they finished. Really brought Russian history alive into a way that is understood. Gardens were ok but not as good as Peterhof. You can't take long coats or large into palace so either leave them behind or be prepared for the scrum on the way out

Visited June 2014
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“Take a break”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

As wonderful as St Petersburg is, make time to get out of the city to visit this site. The palace is simply ( well maybe a bit ornate) lovely. Make a day of the journey and spend time in the park as well. It will be well worth your time.

Visited July 2014
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