Pushkin residence

Professional Russian-speaking guides. You will enter the museum without any queue. Take amazing pictures & video

Bus tour to Pushkin – the former tsars residence, a genuine masterpiece of the world architecture, accompanied by professional Russian-speaking guide.

This is a magic combination of green parks, colorful gardens & majestic palaces. Professional guide will show you the Great Catherine Palace. During the palace excursion («Fast line» entrance to the palace) you will get to know about the mysterious history of the Amber Room and see its splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects and recently restored. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, canvases, etc., including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families.

In the second part of the tour you will have an amazing walk along one of the first landscape parks of Russia full of beautiful sculpture, ponds, bridges, artificial canals and unique pavilions, such as the Cameron gallery, the Hermitage and Grotto, upper and lower baths, Granite terrace, and other interesting places.

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  • museums 2 ,
  • monuments 1
56 km, 351 m
Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 35

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is a vast department store on Nevsky prospekt

This Gostiny Dvor is not only the city's oldest shopping centre, but also one of the first shopping arcades in the world. Sprawling at the intersection of Nevsky prospekt and Sadovaya street for over one kilometer and embracing the area of 53,000 m2 (570,000 sq ft), the indoor complex of more than 100 shops took twenty-eight years to construct. Building works commenced in 1757 to an elaborate design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, but that subsequently was discarded in favour of a less expensive and more functional Neoclassical design submitted by Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe (1729–1800).

Throughout the following century, Gostiny Dvor was continuously augmented, resulting in ten indoor streets and as many as 178 shops by the 20th century. By that time, the Gostiny Dvor had lost its popularity to the more fashionable Passage and New Passage, situated on the Nevsky prospekt nearby. During the post-World War II reconstructions, its inner walls were demolished and a huge shopping mall came into being. This massive 18th-century structure got a face-lift recently and entered the 21st century as one of the most fashionable shopping centres in Eastern Europe. A nearby station of Saint Petersburg metro takes its name from Gostiny Dvor.

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Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve

St. Petersburg, Pushkin, Sadovaya street, 7

A superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve is a monument of world architecture and park and garden art of XVIII - early ХХ century. A whole range of reigns starting  from Catherine I and lasting till Nicolas II left its own influence and traces in Tsarskoye Selo. The compositionl centre of the monument is the Catherine Palace - a magnificent construction in Russian Baroque style: Bolshoy Hall of the Palace and Golden Enfilade of great halls, among which there is a world-famous revived Amber Room enrapture by the luxury of decor. Alexandrovsky Palace, where one can learn about everyday life of the last Romanovs Nicholas II and Alexandra Fyodorovna, is one of the best models of world classisism architecture. More than 100 architectural constructions on the area of over 300 ha are situated on the territory of Ekaterininsky and Alexandrovsky parks.

The Amber Room of the Catherine Palace is called the Eighth World Wonder. In 1716 Friedrich Wilchelm I presented an Amber Room I as a diplomatical gift to Peter I. The Amber Room got its final image only by 1770, when upon Екатерины II's will some changes were introduced into the room's design. Authentic Room was exported to Koenigsberg during World War II times and disappeared without a trace in 1944. The modern Amber Room is a result of reconstruction works, which lasted from 1981 to 1997. 

Tsarskoye Selo is also home to one of the finest creations of Classicism in architecture – the Alexander Palace. Passing through the rooms of the living apartments you can get an idea of the aesthetic preferences of the last members of the Romanov dynasty and view the Emperor’s State Study that was decorated in the Moderne style.

More than a hundred historical monuments are scattered across the Catherine and Alexander Parks that have a joint area of 300 hectares: there are grand palaces and intimate pavilions, bridges and marble monuments, and also exotic structures imitating Gothic, Turkish and Chinese architecture.

The World War I Museum  “Russia in the Great War” is open  in  The Martial Chamber from August 2014.

27 km, 286 m
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The Grotto pavilion

The Grotto pavilion

A grotto pavilion decorated inside with seashells and tufa (porous limestone) was an invariably feature in Western European regular parks of the eighteenth century. The project for the construction of the Grotto on the bank of the Great Pond in the Catherine Park was drawn up by the architect Rastrelli. Most of the work to construct it was carried out in 1755–56 under Empress Elizabeth, but it was completed in the 1760s under Catherine II. At present the pavilion is used as a venue for temporary exhibitions.

814 m
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The Hermitage pavilion

The Hermitage pavilion

город Пушкин, Садовая улица, дом 7, литера А

Pavilions like this with a name taken from the French language were a common feature of regular gardens in the eighteenth century. They were intended to enable the owner of the estate to rest and dine in the company of a select few and were located in the “wild” area of the park. In order to avoid the inhibiting presence of servants, such pavilions were usually fitted with mechanisms that enabled the tables to be raised and lowered. The Hermitage pavilion was never reconstructed after the mid-eighteenth century and so its interior decoration has come down to us practically unaltered.

208 m
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Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 35

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is a vast department store on Nevsky prospekt

This Gostiny Dvor is not only the city's oldest shopping centre, but also one of the first shopping arcades in the world. Sprawling at the intersection of Nevsky prospekt and Sadovaya street for over one kilometer and embracing the area of 53,000 m2 (570,000 sq ft), the indoor complex of more than 100 shops took twenty-eight years to construct. Building works commenced in 1757 to an elaborate design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, but that subsequently was discarded in favour of a less expensive and more functional Neoclassical design submitted by Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe (1729–1800).

Throughout the following century, Gostiny Dvor was continuously augmented, resulting in ten indoor streets and as many as 178 shops by the 20th century. By that time, the Gostiny Dvor had lost its popularity to the more fashionable Passage and New Passage, situated on the Nevsky prospekt nearby. During the post-World War II reconstructions, its inner walls were demolished and a huge shopping mall came into being. This massive 18th-century structure got a face-lift recently and entered the 21st century as one of the most fashionable shopping centres in Eastern Europe. A nearby station of Saint Petersburg metro takes its name from Gostiny Dvor.

27 km, 713 m
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Useful information

The route is provided by the company "ZAO Turservis". Official website: https://www.tourtransservice.ru/