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Suburban places

  • Gatchina
    Catherine the Great gave the quaint little town of Gatchina and Gatchinsky Palace as a gift to her favourite lover Grigory Orlov. The palace has various temporary and permanent exhibitions including a weaponry display. The surrounding park is magnificent in winter. You can walk through the maze of lakes, islands and forests, watch the winter swimmers or visit smaller attractions like the Birch House and the Temple of Venus. The church at the top of Gatchina’s main pedestrian mall is also worth seeing.

    Park open 24hrs. Palace open 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon and the first Tue of the month.
    Admission to the Park is free. Palace admission foreigners 90 - 180Rbl, Russians 20 - 60Rbl.
    45km south of St. Petersburg, palace: Krasnoarmeisky pr. 1

  • Kronshtadt
    The strategic naval base of Kronshtadt was founded on Kotlin island in 1704. Kronshtadt is famous because, in 1921, its battalion mutinied against the Bolshevik’s harsh revolutionary policies. The government’s response was to slaughter almost the entire battalion. During Soviet times, the city was closed. It opened in 1996, and, today, it's a charming place to wander and look at rusting warships, naval symbols and other remains of Soviet naval glory. The city's striking Byzantine cathedral has an excellent museum of naval and local history, although it's only in Russian. There are also some very pleasant old restaurants scattered about town.


  • Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)

    In 1710, Peter the Great's friend and advisor Alexander Menshikov decided to outdo the tsar by building an even bigger palace than Peterhof. Unfortunately, Menshikov was exiled after Peter's death, midway through construction, and the palace at Oranienbaum wasn’t finished until Catherine the Great made it one of her holiday spots. The Grand Palace hasn't changed a great deal over the centuries and it's one of the few palaces on the outskirts of the city that wasn’t destroyed by the Nazis. Lomonosov is also a pleasant village and the surrounding park is peaceful and quiet.

    Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
    Admission foreigners 105 - 2100Rbl, Russians 50 -75Rbl. The price depends on the palace. They have 6 places to see.
    Grand Palace: Dvortsovy pr. 48
    Mon: 11:00-16:00

  • Marino

    The Marino estate, which formerly belonged to the noble family the Stroganovs, is a peaceful holiday destination in winter time. In Soviet times, the beautiful estate was used as a sanatorium for employees of a secret weapons plant. In the eighties, it fell into disrepair, but Marino’s new owner is renovating the old palace and its gardens, into a very decent holiday resort. The rooms are simple, but clean. There is a Finnish sauna in the basement, and the dining room has one of the biggest samovars we’ve ever seen.

  • Pavlovsk

    Pavlovsk is a wonderful place to get away from it all. While more humble and less touristy than the palaces at Peterhof or Pushkin, the reconstructed palace at Pavlovsk is still very interesting, and the park is a great place to walk or have a picnic. It has romantic ruins, statues, forests and streams. Right now, it’s dotted with cross-country skiers, horse-drawn sleighs (100Rbl), and there is an outdoor ice-skating rink, where you can hire skates.

    Palace open weekdays 10:00 - 17:00, weekends 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Fri. Park open 24hrs.

    Admission foreigners 170 - 350Rbl, Russians 30 - 100Rbl. Admission to park foreigners 30 - 60Rbl, Russians 10 - 20Rbl.

  • Peterhof

    Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace - Russia's answer to Versailles. The palace, which was built between 1709 and 1724 by some 5,000 soldiers and slaves, was completely destroyed during WWII, and, in the 1950s, was reconstructed from photographs and maps. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately in winter the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.

    Palace and water fountains open 10:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon and last Tue of the month. Park open 10:00 - 20:00.

    Admission park foreigners 160 - 280Rbl, Russians 10 - 50Rbl. Admission park free after 17:00. Admission palaces foreigners 100 - 420Rbl, Russians 10 - 200Rbl.

  • Pushkin (Tsarskoe selo)

    Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were created by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as 'village of the tsar's' (Tsarskoe Selo). The palace, with its famous Amber Room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. The gardens of Catherine Park, which are spectacular in the snow, are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village. Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.

    Palace admission foreigners 250 - 500Rbl, Russians 70 - 200Rbl (includes Amber room). Park admission 50-100 Rbl.

    Palace: Sadovaya ul. 7

  • Repino

    Named after the painter Ilya Repin (Russia's Rembrandt), Repino is a seaside suburb, where people come for cross-country skiing in winter. Visit the beautiful reconstruction of the wooden house that Repin designed for his family, which is set in pleasant gardens. There is also a small restaurant nearby, where you can get great shashlik.

    Repin museum open 10:30 - 18:00. Closed Tue.

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