Duration

5,5-6 hours

Place of the beginning of an excursion

Nevsky Ave., 35 (Gostiny Dvor), parking of buses opposite to the Perinny Ranks art center

Place of the end of an excursion

Nevsky Ave., 35 (Gostiny Dvor), parking of buses opposite to the Perinny Ranks art center

Time of the beginning of an excursion, frequency

Daily at 11.45, 13.30, 15.00, 17.00, except Tuesdays and the last Monday of the month

What’s included in the price

Transport service, guide service

Language

English/Russian

  • Route: Gostiny Dvor, Pulkovo Road, The Catherine Park, The Catherine Palace, Gostiny Dvor

The excursion to Pushkin, the famous suburb of St. Petersburg, will offer you the opportunity to discover the splendid ensemble of the Catherine Palace and Park, see the tsarist apartments and walk around the regular Old Garden and picturesque English Park. It is here that you will see a true wonder of the world - the Amber Room.

Catherine Palace

The luxurious and grandiose Catherine (Grand) Palace is the architectural and compositional centre of the whole Palace and Park Ensemble. Originally, it was the summer residence of Catherine I. It acquired its modern exterior thanks to Elizabeth Petrovna, who ordered to rebuild and greatly expand the Palace.

During the tour, you will also learn that during the period of the fascist occupation the Palace and Park Complex suffered enormous damage. The restoration works in some halls as well as the restoration of the interior decoration of the Palace Church are not yet complete. You will be given the opportunity to take an amazing walk through the restored chambers and halls: The Golden Suite, The Throne and Paintings Halls and The Bedchamber of Maria Feodorovna.

Here you will also be able to appraise the magnificent interior of two Blue living rooms decorated in a single style, the Green dining room, in the decoration of which antique hints are clearly seen. And, certainly, the true treasure and the precious decoration of The Catherine Palace is The Amber Room.

The Amber Room

The famous room was given to Peter I by the Prussian King. However, this version is not the only one, there are two more legends. One says that the amber decoration was literally solicited from a foreign monarch. Another legend denies the fact of giving as a gift as such, claiming that there was an exchange. For his part, Peter I seemed to bestow a lathe, 55 Russian grenadiers and handmade glass.

15 years passed before The Amber Room was fully installed in The Winter Palace. Later, Elizabeth ordered to move it to Tsarskoe Selo. To this end, soldiers were involved, moving panels by hand, walking the distance of 24 km on foot.

Catherine Park

The splendour of the Palace is echoed in the picturesque Catherine Park, which consists of two parts: regular and landscape one. The strict geometrical shapes of shorn greenery, the professionally organized water landscape, the amazing palaces and pavilions form the extraordinary decorations that move the guests of Pushkin to the times when Russia was ruled by tsars.