Catherine’s Summer Palace Tour  |  St Petersburg, Russia  |  One of the nicest and most interesting tour I did during my recent visit to St Petersburg, was the tour to the town of Pushkin (approx. 50 minutes or 25 km away from St Petersburg) to see the Summer Palace of Catherine The Great. The Rococo former summer retreat of one of the greatest Tsaritsas of Russia. Check out and follow my Instagram Photo Album on Russia.

Stroll by the parks and lakes of Alexander Park, which is in between Catherine’s Summer Palace and Alexander Summer Palace. The palace was original erected for in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia engaged the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure.
Some of my favorite rooms were the Gran Ballroom, which in a way rival the Ballroom of the Mirrors in Versailles, and of course the Amber Room (of which unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos). A complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors.

Formerly known until 1910 as the Great Palace of Tsarskoye Selo, covers the almost 300-year history of this outstanding edifice and presents the work of architects involved in its construction and decoration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and also with the achievements of the restorers who returned the palace to life after the Second World War. For more information visit The Palace can be visited daily except Tuesday from 10AM till 6PM with last entry at 5PM. The entry fee is approx. RUB 320. (USD 11). Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator –

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