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Gatchina Palace and Park

1 Krasnoarmeiskyi Prospect, Gatchina, 50 kms south from St Petersburg | 45 km SW of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
8 812 958 0366
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Ranked #41 of 1,002 attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum is located 45 km to the south-west of St.Petersburg. The unique atmosphere of the Royal country seat and glorious... more » Owner description: Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum is located 45 km to the south-west of St.Petersburg. The unique atmosphere of the Royal country seat and glorious 18th century interiors are at your service. Valuable collections of painting, furniture, porcelain, antique weapon as well as Gobelin tapestries, embroideries and Italian sculpture will let a visitor get a vivid impression of the royal court life. While darkness and dampness of the mysterious underpass will let you feel the romance of the Russian Castle. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My in-laws decided to take me here as a touristy adventure (something we hadn't had much time to do in our time with them), and I was excited. The grounds are beautiful. Like most places in Russia, when we parked there, parking was crowded and everyone just made their own parking places. On heading inside, I was pleased to see... More

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Wonderful history and great architecture in this magnificient castle. Catherine the great sure knew how to treat a lover ;-). Emperor Paul I did marvelous job in expanding the building and huge estate. Only in Russia!

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Oxenford, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I visited the Palace and Park last August during my stay in Saint Petersburg. The experience was very enjoyable with interesting palace artitecture rich in history. Art is as good as the Hermitage but there is a lot less of course. There is a good collection of old guns and weapons to view. The room guides were very help full... More

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St. Petersburg
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Gatchina is unique! It looks like a true medieval castle from the outside. BTW there's a ghost inside )) They have done a very good restoration after the war. Tour guides at Gatchina Palace are really knowledgeable and very dedicated people! They get you interested in a subject and they love what they do! Unfortunately this is very rare, speaking... More

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Israel
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135 reviews 135 reviews
74 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We have chosen this park as the best seen by us near St.Petersburg. We especially enjoyed walking by numerous lakes, watching the locals bathing. The dozen restored palace rooms certainly worth a visit as well. There is no charge to enter the park. Separate charge is required to enter two restored park pavilions.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

but be sure that the 3rd floor is open - as this is where they kept all those interesting furnitures - a voyage in times! If not just walk around after a visit to Catherine Palace

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New York City, New York, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

The next to the least restored of the suburban Imperial Palaces (Oranienbaum is the least restored), but interesting for Russian Imperial afficionados.

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Plano, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Vivalatour offers Very personal and inexpensive an unforgettable customized tours and travel to Russia for any budget, Including St. Petersburg tours and Shore excursions.

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Kranj, Slovenia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Gatchina is one of the few jewel satellite towns close to St.Petersburg along with Petrodvoretz (Peterhof) and Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) worth visiting. The history of the place is really interesting, peppered with the fact of Gatchina being at some point a gift from Catherine the Great to her lover count Orlov. Enjoy your visit to the Palace and to the... More

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