The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец, Yekaterininskiy dvorets) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 30 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.
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2 years ago
Catherine palace features amazing gardens and walks in a luxurious environment that will make everyone feel like a royal! I loved my time there and found some inner peace in seeing how Peter the great made such a good work on mixing nature and the palaces for his wife Catherine the first.
Entrance includes only the gardens. There are other museums and exhibits that you can pay to see.
Absolutely beautiful. Great way to get a feel for the people and time periods. Very well preserved and restored.
Some areas are not accessible with wheelchairs, however, the most important rooms can be seem. Access to the building with a wheelchair is tricky; the side of the building we entered (for tours) doesn't have a ramp. Fortunately our wheelchair member could handle the 10 stairs into the building and once inside there are elevators, but keep this accessibility in mind when planning your trip.
a year ago
It's one of the most beautiful palaces in Russia. A very nice place to spend some quality time. To put a cherry on top it has a lake also by the banks of which you feel total peace. We loved the place
Very very romantic place, young or old people in love or want to rekindle their love should go to this place for walks around the place. It's surroundings are really lush green and serene. The lake is beautiful, the palace is unique and ever inspiring of russian architecture
The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, tasked German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace. In 1733 however, Empress Elizabeth found her mother's residence outdated and in 1752 asked her court architect Rastrelli to redesign Catherine Palace, Pushkin style.
It is nearly one kilometre in circumference and took over 100 kg of gold to decorate the palace exterior.
Bustling with many hundred tourists: the queue for entrance tickets quickly grows from early morning - expect a long wait. My advice is you jump this queue by booking a guided tour in advance. (Official tours have priority entrance, in advance of general public entry).