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“A Vastly Underated experience by Tourists”

Pavlovsk Palace and Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Once the hunting grounds of czars, this 1,500-acre park contains an aviary, charming foot bridges, trails, ponds, gardens and the sprawling palace that belonged to Paul I.
Reviewed June 12, 2013

This thousand acre park and Palace are beautiful, serene. This is the home of Tsar Paul and his wife Maria Fyodorovna. She loved this place and nurtured it for another 28 years after her husbands assassination. Everything is impeccable. The Park itself would be worth the trip out of St petersburg and lots of Russians make a day trip out of enjoying this park with loads of trails, hills and lakes.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This palace was a shell after WW2 - so it was reassuring to see all the building and craft skills still exist.

The gardens are beautiful.

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

As a frequent visitor to the lovely St. Petersburg, I have to say that Pavlovsk is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The alleyway of trees leading you to the park is so peaceful- and being off the beaten track, you don't have the same issue of crowds like at Peterhof Palace or Catherine's Palace. Then, once you set your eyes on the park.. Its breathtaking. Really, its just one of those special places that you promise yourself you will see again someday.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

off the beaten track, no crowds -- and a lovey way to spend a quiet afternoon -- if you are exhausted by catherine' palace, try this for a refesher

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I fell for Pavlovsk, both for the palace and the park at first sight many years ago. And I decided to come again not only because I wanted to show it to my teen-daughter, but also because when we were visiting the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany, I was struck by the thought about how alike those two palaces were. Not in the meaning of being a 'replica' but in the style, elegance and atmosphere. The palace of Pavlovsk is not that 'posh' or luxurious as the Kathrine's palace in Tsarskoye Selo (now -Pushkin) is, or the Winter Palace (the Hermitage) of Petergoff are, It is a palace, yes, but it's also a nice home built and decorated with a phenomenal taste of the owners (then Grand Duke Paul (future Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria) and the Russian Architect Andrey Voronikhin. You certainly want to stay there for a while.
Ruined to the ground by the Nazi in the WWII, it was completely restored by the devotion and commitment of one young lady (at that time), whose name was Anna Zelenova. She became the director of the museum just before the war time and she managed to save most of the valuables from the palace and then persuaded the authorities to restore the palace, although some thought that it was impossible to bring it back to life. Moreover, most of the trees in the park were cut down and it was turned into a mine-field as fascists were afraid of partisan attacks. Zelenova was the first to enter the place with the very first soldiers of the Soviet Army, liberating it and immediatelly set out to work. This year is her 100-anniversary. She literally laid down her life to Pavlovsk and although she passed away quite a while ago, this is a person worth remembering. The romantic park in the English style is now fully restored too and full of flowers (when we were there many lawns were covered with snowdrops), various birds and numerous squirrels which seem to be very busy but rather friendly. Pavlovsk was a source of inspiration for Johann Strauss II , who spent a couple of summers there as a guest violinist and conducter, had a romance with the Russian noble daughter Olga Smirnitskaya, whose parents refused to give their consent to their daughter's marrying Strauss. He had a broken heart but now we have lots of fantastic music composed there, including such gems as Polka Olga, Persian March, Waltz 'Farewell to Petersburg' and many others. If you are interested in what brought about all this - do not miss Pavlovsk if you happen to be in Russia's northern capital. It's just a 15-min. journey by local train from the subway station 'Kupchino'. You can also get there by some shuttle buses as well or from the Vitebsky railway terminus (about 35 min.). in the center of St.Pete, Come, enjoy and relax!

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