Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof
Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)
The main summer abode of the Russian tsars and one of the most beautiful places just outside St. Petersburg. It is situated 25 km south of the city. The major attraction of the ensemble is the gorgeous Catherine Palace built in the style of Russian baroque. The world-famous Amber room, which was extensively restored for the 300th birthday of St. Petersburg in 2003, is located in the palace.
Tsarskoye Selo is also famous for its Imperial Lyceum, an education institution for young aristocrats. Alexander Pushkin was among the first graduates of the Lyceum.
Hours of Operation:
The Catherine Palace (Amber Room)
Mondays, Wednesdas – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and the last Monday of each month – closed
How to get to Tsarskoye Selo:
– From Witebsky Railway Station (Metro Pushkinskaya) by train to the station “Tsarskoya Selo” (Pushkin), then by bus number 371 or 382
– From the metro station “Moskovskaya” by shuttle bus or bus number 287, then by bus number 371.
The official website of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) (Russian and English)
Peterhof – the Versailles of the North
The summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Located 29 km west of St. Petersburg, Peterhof is famous for its wonderful park ensemble. The highlight of Peterhof is the Great Palace with the magnificent Great Cascade.
The official website of Peterhof (Russian and English)