The most beautiful suburb of St.Petersburg
Time consuming until you're actually in the palace!
This is interesting ,inside and outside of palace.
The original Amber Room in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg was a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World".The Amber Room was created from 1701 to 1709 in Prussia and remained at Charlottenburg...more
In a way it seems that this palace consists mainly of different diningrooms and this one is another very good excample for them: just take a look at these very special table-decorations made of precious porcelain, the fine tableware and the precious porcelain that is set at the table. Most of the large tiles-stoves can be heated from another room...more
This is the famous Amber-room: that is what most of the tourists are coming for although what you will see it is just a modern replica of the real amber-room, that is considdered lost since WW II.This room is held quite dark, because they say that the amber might fade its colors in the bright sunshine and that is also why flash photography is...more
Empress Katherine I was the 2nd wife of Peter the Great, who gave this palace as a present to his wife in 1708. It soon became one of the favorite royal palaces of Katharina and it was soon rebuilt in baroque style by the architect Francesco Bartholomeo Rastrelli. In my main photo you will see the facade of the Katherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo and...more
Here in this tip I combined some photos of different rooms, so you have an idea what it will be like to take the tour through the Katherine Palace of Tasarkoje Selo / Pushkin. The whole tour lasted a bit more than 40 minutes maybe, it is mostly quite hard to take photos because most rooms are really crowded by different groups and you have to...more
This is the large entrancehall of the Katherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo / Pushkin and this also the first impression of the interior that you get when starting the tour through the palace. The stairs will take you to the upper rooms and you will see two interesting blue clocks with some fine stucco-works around of them (my 1st and my last photo)...more
The so-called "Green Diningroom" was built and decorated by the architect Ch.Cameron in 1780 and it was restored as one of the first rooms in 1959. Also in this room the table is set like dinner would be served any minute with precious porcelain, tablecloth and table-decorations.What I like most about this room, that is quite small against the...more
This is just one of the many differentely decorated Diningrooms of Catherines palace in Tsarskoe Selo / Pushkin. Take a closer look at the giant tiles-stove and the great ornate decorations in that room and what I found the most interesting : the table is set like dinner would be served in just a few minutes with precious porcelain and...more
This is the entrancegate to the Catherine palace of Tsarskoe Selo (=Tsar's Village). All visitors have to stay outside of this gate untill it is their turn to enter and that gives you some time to take a closer look at the ornate decorations of this solid iron-fence.From this gate you still have to walk about 200 meters to the palace with a wide...more
This is the Great Hall or maybe it is better to call it the "Hall of mirrors" as you will find it also in many other royal palaces in Europe of that time. Hundreds of smaller and larger mirrors are reflecting the light and making this giant hall seem even bigger.Take a look at my extra-photos as well, there are a lot of golden stuccoworks on the...more
Located just 25 kilometers south of the city, the estate boasts a large landscape park, dotted with architectural follies, and centered on the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine Palace.In 1708, Peter the Great gave the estate to his wife - future Empress Catherine I - as a present. It was Catherine who started to develop the place as a...more
There is a small selfservice-restaurant inside of the Katherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo / Pushkin at a place where only people with a valid ticket can go. They have nice, round tables with tablecloth that add a lot to the atmosphere, see my main photo.
The windows are facing the park at the backside of the palace.
Favorite Dish: I had some coffee and applecake, that was fine and also not more expensive than other places in St. Petersburg. In my 3rd pic you see a greek salad and some sandwiches,that salad also tastes really fine in Russia.
I got to Pushkin by an organized halfday-bustour from our river-ship-company and the total price was about 50 euros and included the entrancefees to the palace.There was almost no waitingtime at the palace, and we passed by a long queue of waiting tourists, who came on their own.Just a few days before I was offered such a tour in a private taxi for...more
This "Pushkin-parktrain" might be a good solution to see ALL of the park around the famous palace. In fact I did not take it, but just saw it passing by. It seems to be mainly for the russian tourists, because organized bustours will never give you enough time to take that parktrain. And when its mainly for the local tourists it will be quite cheap...more
Tsar's fabulous eggs return to Russia
February 6, 2004
Russian oil and metals baron Viktor Vekselberg
has bought the Forbes family collection of Faberge Russian
Imperial Easter Eggs and other pieces for more than
$US90 million ($SA118 million), months before Sotheby's
was to auction them.
The nine eggs and 180 other Faberge treasures collected
by the late publisher Malcolm Forbes were to have been
sold in New York on April 20-21.
Mr Vekselberg quickly moved to return them to Russia.
A spokesman said the eggs would be displayed in
Moscow and St Petersburg then regionally.
Faberge eggs, considered a standard for rare treasures
were first commissioned by Tsar Alexander III from the
House of Faberge in 1885 as Easter gifts for his wife,
Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. The tradition continued for
30 years in the Romanov imperial family.
What to buy:
Faberge Russian Imperial Easter Eggs
What to pay:
In the "blue Pavillon" you will attend a short performance of some chorus singing in a sidehall with excellent accoustics and at the end you are able to give some donations and/or buy their CDs and tapes.I really enjoyed their singing a lot, but I did not buy any of their CDs because according to my former experience in other such places in Russia...more
You always have to cover your shoes before you are allowed to enter the Katherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo, that is quite the same for many museums in Russia. They had some kind of a plastic-bag with a rubber around it that would fit all sizes of shoes and they will also last not longer than for the time that you spend walking through the...more
In Ekaterinburg on the night of July 16, 1918 Tsar Nicholas II, his family and entourage were killed in the basement of their house of exile. When William Maples was eleven years old he read Seven Years Boots, written in 1935 by Richard Halliburton, which contained a tale of the execution of the Tsar and his family and thus begun Maples fascination...more
Before entering the Catherine Palace, you will need to put on a shoe cover over your shoe to protect against damage to the wooden flooring. Do be very careful as the floor is very slippery. An elderly member of my tour group slipped and fell as she stepped into the Grand Ballroom. Walk slowly and with carefully - keep your feet close to the floor...more
After Amber room was reopened in 2003 the number of visitors increased dramatically. The Personnel of the museum do not know what to do with visitors. There is no any organised que before entry and guides with the help of their tour groups take gates by a storm!!!Here is a control post in the museum. Metal detectors are not working and used just to...more
It seems funny now (from a distance!), but there was a pack of wild dogs on the palace grounds during our visit. Security kept coming out and scaring them away, but they would return and aggressively threaten anyone near the building. Luckily for us, they stayed near the entrance. . .they never came out into the grounds (maybe they were waiting for...more
There is a really giant park around of the Katherine palace and I think you could stay there for a full day in order to explore and really enjoy all of its sights.That little "park-train" that I show in my transportation-tips might be a good idea in order to get a good first overview. We saw a "turkish bathhouse" in the distance and some...more
We saw this "egyptian gate" in the centre of a roundabout on our way to Katherine palace, while sitting inside the tourbus. That is why there are some reflections in my photos. The tourguide did not mention this gate at all, so maybe it is something new.I think it looks interesting and maybe I can take a closer look next time, when I may be able to...more
The Upper Bath Pavillon is another building that I would have wished to have more time for, but we were in a hurry and could take just a few photographs.The upper bath was built by I.Neyelov in 1780 and when you take a look at my other photos you can imagine what a great and sunny place this was in order to take a bath, quite close to the palace.more
The parks, although if you are there for more than a day then it is Alekander Park.There are 2 tickets booths for the palace tickets which we didn't know. One is outside and the vendor only speaks Russian. There is another one inside, go in through the café and then it's to the right. There are also free toilets in there. The ones outside cost 20...more
One of my mother's favourite spots in the grounds was the Marble Bridge, which is located close to the Girl with a Pitcher statue. This piece was added to the park in the 1770's. . . We easily spent over an hour walking through the grounds ~ and we didn't see all there is to see. You can follow maps in various guidebooks or, better yet, just...more
The grounds of the Catherine Palace are extensive and wonderful for wandering. There are pavilions, bridges, statues and pieces of interest every 500 metres (at least!). I love Moorish architecture, so the Turkish Baths (1852) were a favourite of mine. . .I'm sure they would be even prettier on a sunnier day.more