Tsarskoye Selo

Highly recommended
The splendour of Imperial Russia, Tsarskoye Selo is in a way the domain of the empresses. Catherine I, the wife of Peter, set the ball rolling when she had a small palace built here in 1711, which her daughter Elizabeth had transformed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli into a lavish residence strewn with pavilions and gardens, renamed the Catherine Palace. Catherine II pursued the interior design with her favourite architects, Charles Cameron and Giacomo Quarenghi, and also had the Alexander Palace built on the estate. The grounds feature spectacular landscaped gardens and gracious pavilions.

Useful information

Address:

Puškin

Phone:

+7 812 465-20-24

Opening hours

Catherine park 7am-9pm - RUB100, free admittance after 5pm and in winter; Catherine palace 10am-6pm, Mon 10am-9pm - closed Tue, last Mon of every month and in winter - RUB 400, no photography and video recording in Amber Room; Cameron gallery currently closed to visitors; Stables pavilion 10am-6pm - closed Wed, last Tue of every month and in Winter - 200 RUB; Alexander Palace 10am-6pm - closed Tue, last Wed of every month and in winter - RUB300; Alexander park free admittance - some items must be checked at the free cloakrooms and lockers (free overshoes provided)

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