Ekaterina - Tsarskoe Selo

Sadovaya 5a, Pushkin, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, Russia
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Tsarskoe Selo, another summer...

by Andrew_Vodo

Tsarskoe Selo, another summer residence of the Russian Emperrors.
Ekaterininsky Palace is one of the most luxury palaces in Europe. You can se the famous Amber rooom here, practically fully recreated.

Visit Zimniy Palace (Winter...

by Andrew_Vodo

Visit Zimniy Palace (Winter Palace), the residence of the Russian Emperrors. This luxury palace is createted by famous italian architect Rastrelli. This man created many beautifula palaces in and near Saint Petersburg -Stroganoff Palace, Ekaterininsky Palace in Tsarskoe Selo and others.

Petergof, Pushkin & Pavlovsk

by Canadienne

Information on the imperial palaces ~ Petergof, Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and Pavlovsk ~ will be found on those cities' pages. . .once I have created them. :-)

A visit to at least one, most likely two, of the three is a must. Depending on your interests, that will mean a combination of indoors and outdoor attractions at each place ~ extremely rewarding.

Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo

by sennaya

Catherin I, wifwe of Peter the Greeat built the Catherine Palace between 1717 and 1723.
The grounds are parklike and pretty, but the inside of the Palace is remarkable, including the reconstruction of the Amber Room in 2003.


Tsarskoe Selo or Pushkin

by cheekymarieh

"Fame Of The Town"

The town of Tsarskoe Selo owes much of its fame to its former student Pushkin who was a student here between 1811 and 1817. The high number of poets and writers who occupied the town earned it the nickname of 'Town of Muses'.


It is located approximately 25km from the centre of St Petersburg and is noted for its famous palace and some beautiful gardens. The Palace in the town is one of the former summer residences of the Russian Royal Family.


Even if you are not a great fan of looking around old houses, the gardens are worth a visit in themselves. There are themed areas including Japanese and Greek areas. The lakes are well stocked with fish and as a result there is a vast amount of wildlife on display.


The gardens themselves make an excellent place to visit for a picnic. There are a few facilities around the gardens that you can make use of.

"The Catherine Palace"

The Palace is still undergoing renovation after being severely damaged during World War 2. This work is still not finished and only a fraction of the rooms are on display as a result.

"Inside The Palace>"

Once you enter the palace you are required to wear some shoe covers to protect the floors. They are just like huge blue plastic bags that you slip on. They do have some elastic at the top but if you have small feet as I do you will find your feet escaping all the time.

"What You Will Find Inside"

Inside you will find work of art by Rembrandt, Rubens, Roos, Brakenburgh and Glauber.

"Style And Influences"

The style of the building has a very strong Baroque influence. You will find a suprisingly strong Dutch influence within, especially when it comes to pottery and artwork.

"The Amber Room"

There has been a legend which has led to many films around the disappearance of the amber room during the height of Hilter'e reign.
Now we can see replicas that have been recreated from old photographs.


A view of Tsarskoe SeloA view of Tsarskoe Selo

Rasputin house in Tsarskoe seloRasputin house in Tsarskoe selo

Liceum in Tsarskoe seloLiceum in Tsarskoe selo

St Isaac CathedralSt Isaac Cathedral

Forum Posts

What is running ?

by alectrevor

I will be in St Petersburg the last week of April. From VT and other sites i feel that some things will not be running. The foutains of Peterhof may not be on , but i still wish to see the Palace is the hydrofoil in service from St P., or boat, if not is there bus or train. Also is there public transport to Pushkin ? Thanks for any answers .

Re: What is running ?

by bugulma

I was in Pushkin 2 weeks ago. The local train starts from Vitebsky railway station (Pionerskaya metro station), the ticket is RUR 69 (USD 2.22) to and back. Note: the station has name Detskoye Selo (although it was enough to say Pushkin in the ticket office). Then I went by walk to the palaces (Google has not bad map), in any way there are a lot of busses that have a route from the rail way station to the palaces...
April seems really early for the fountains... I was in Peterhof only by private cars, though, check this

Re: What is running ?

by mumymama

Nothing is running in April, if you mean the fountains - they start in May. Just to precise the previous reply - Vitebsky railway station (to Pushkin, Detskoe or Tsarskoe Selo - it has 3 names !)is at the Metro Pushkinskaya. No hydrofoil to Peterhof in April, unfortunately - you can go there by mini-bus from Metro Avtovo (about 40 min., some 50-60 rubles = Euro 1.5 one way)Lucky you are to visit the palace in April - you will avoid a terrible line to enter the palace! There is a mess starting from May (I've been working there for some years)

Re: What is running ?

by Pablos_new

Yes, Natalia is absolutely right.

End of April is not a winter, but it is still very cold at night. I rememeber snow and ice on May 2nd in S.-Pete and Pskov some years ago. That is why no fountains and no hydrofoil. But being there before tourist season gives you some advantages.


Re: What is running ?

by bugulma

oh yes! Pushkinskaya metro station... :-)

Renting a car in Moscow

by bobgorey

We are thinking about visiting Moscow and St. Pete. Is it realistic to consider flying into Moscow and renting a car to drive to St. Pete for a few days? Or should we just stick with tour buses? Thanks for any input.

RE: Renting a car in Moscow

by blanter

Do you want to see smth in between? If not, just take a train. Car rentals are expensive, and I am not sure one-way rental exist.

RE: Renting a car in Moscow

by Choolkee

Oh Dear Tatianna.

Bob as explained earlier its expensive to hire and would be very difficult to hire for one leg.

The main thing to consider is life expectancy. The chances of having a prang in Spb or Moscow are good. Personally I would not do it.

Your best bet is a train or bus. Novgorod is a lovely place to see on route. Suppose it all depends on how much time you have.

RE: RE: Renting a car in Moscow

by Pablos_new

Hertz proposes one-way renting from Moscow to S.Pete and vice versa (http://www.hertz.ru/Services.htm) but this will cost additional 80 Euro.

In general I fully agree with Lev - car driving in Russia is a special sport and you should be specially skilled :-)))

Train is preferable!


RE: RE: Renting a car in Moscow

by blanter

I never paid a bribe to a cop in Russia, and currently I am not planning it. Even though I show them a Dutch licence. I think that once they realize the driver does not speak any Russian, they just wave away.

On the other hand, indeed, it does not make mucj\h sense to rent a car just from going from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg. I would only do it for more remote areas, like the North or Urals.

RE: RE: Renting a car in Moscow

by blanter

And both Peterhof (Petrodvorets) and Tsarskoe Selo are within half an hour reach by a suburban train from the city center; in addition, there are boats from the city center to Peterhof (I do not recommend them though).

Suggested 9-day itinerary in Russia (Moscow + St Petersburg + ??)

by micmik

Will be going there for the 1st time around end July. Pretty excited, after reading such great things about the place and seeing the really gorgeous pictures of the country.

- Any suggested itinerary for a 9-day stay in Russia? I will be flying in/out of Moscow
- Sounds like weather in end July can get pretty hot in the day and cooling at night? I guess that sounds like I should just bring a windbreaker along for the nights, and typical t-shirts/short pants for the day?
- Recommended areas to stay in Moscow / St Petersburg? (just the district will suffice, where the location is convenient).

Thanks all!!

Re: Suggested 9-day itinerary in Russia (Moscow + St Petersburg + ??)

by bugulma

both places, Moscow and StP has a large metro system, so it is better to stay near by the metro station that to connect with center or train or airports. In StP there are a lot of mini-hotels in the center where you may get convenient price (in Moscow I'm afraid the price is high). Well, hard to say about cloths I mean it depends on what you prefer to wear.
about places - StP and Moscow sounds great for 9 days. you may visit Sergyiev Posad and Istra around Moscow and Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Pushkin around StP...

Re: Suggested 9-day itinerary in Russia (Moscow + St Petersburg + ??)

by trheelgirl

9 days doesn't leave much time for side trips, especially since this is your first time in Russia. I highly recommend day trips to Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo (each of these will easily take a whole day). From Moscow you can take a side-trip to one of the Golden Ring towns. This might actually require an overnight stay, depending on the town you choose and how much time you spend there.

Re: Suggested 9-day itinerary in Russia (Moscow + St Petersburg + ??)

by micmik

Thanks! So how should the 9-day itinerary look like then - 4 nights in Moscow + 5 nights in St Petersburg? What are the day-trips I should make?

Re: Suggested 9-day itinerary in Russia (Moscow + St Petersburg + ??)

by bugulma

from above...
about places - StP and Moscow sounds great for 9 days. you may visit Sergyiev Posad and Istra around Moscow and Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Pushkin around StP...


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