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Gatchina Palace and Park

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Address: 1 Krasnoarmeiskyi Prospect, Gatchina, 50 kms south from St Petersburg | 45 km SW of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Phone Number: 8 812 958 0366
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum is located 45 km to the south-west of...

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.

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A little gem, nature in all glory. Specially attractive in fall One could stay by the water for ever. It is so calming and charming

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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None, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little gem, nature in all glory. Specially attractive in fall One could stay by the water for ever. It is so calming and charming

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

get on the train at baltyskiy train station and enjoy the city of gatchina.it's not far. a nice day trip. the estate is still under reconstruction, but so much is already magnificently restored. one can also see some halls in the post world war II state. shicking and interesting at the same time. the stone facade gives the palace a... More 

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Thank Januarius Z
Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

One more very interesting and beautiful suburbian park. The palace, quite different from all the others in and surrounding St.P adds some English look to the whole park. The park is big, you'll definetely find the place you love there=) and surprisingly entrance is still free!

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Thank Kianira
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The palace is nice and interesting but buildings and park seem to need much better maintenance. Some areas are almost abandoned but not in that nice romantic way. There were just lots of dirt, uncut grass and strong smell of a swamp. On the other side there were lots of people. It was very noisy because of crowd and the... More 

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Thank QuquMa
St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Every person who is visiting Saint P must visit Gatchina. Small but pretty town. A lot of parks,big Palace where Paul 1 had been living,a lot of ponds inside the park.

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Thank Lolo4ka
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Gatchina Palace is a historic home of the tsars, known in the reign of Alexander III as the 'citadel of autocracy.' The palace, containing several hundred rooms, is located about an hour's drive from St. Petersburg. Like the other main palaces of the Romanovs, Gatchina had undergone (and continues to undergo) excellent renovations. It's by no means as opulent as... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 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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Espoo, Finland
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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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Thank Erkki L
Oxenford, Australia
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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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2 Thank Derek O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 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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