Excursions

The main summer residence of the imperial family was located in Tsarskoye Selo. Under Elizabeth reign The Catherin Palace was erected, where you can visit the Amber room.  Under the supervision of Catherine the Great the Alexander Palace was built, while Alexander I opened Tsarskoselsky Imperial Lyceum, where Alexander Pushkin studied. In 1937 Tsarskoye Selo was renamed Pushkin in connection with the anniversary of the poet’s death. In 2010 Tsarskoye Selo celebrates its 300 anniversary.

 Pavlovsk is located close to Tsarskoe Selo. It was built as a summer residence of Emperor Paul I and his family. After Paul’s death Palace and nearby land was moved to his wife Maria Feodrovna, who was very fond of this residence. The landscape park of Pavlovsk is one of the largest in Europe.

 Petergof is situated on the southern shore of the Finnish Gulf, 30 km away from St. Petersburg. It became a magnificent royal residence and a monument of successful completion of Russia over the Baltic Sea as it was conceived by Peter the Great. Petergof is known worldwide for its park ensembles and amazing fountains. Today Petergof has more than 150 fountains, 4 cascades, 10 museums are open for public.

Strelna is one of the oldest suburbs of St. Petersburg. For celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg the ensemble of Strelna (Konstantinovsky) palace was totally restored and appeared before the public in all its glory. Nowadays Konstantinovsky palace is the official residence of president of Russia.

In 18th century this territory was belonged to duke Alexander Menshikov and nemed Oranienbaum (means orange tree in German). Menshikov built here own Grand Palace which has been preserved to our days. Later Peter III and Catherin the Great were living here. EmpressturnOranienbaumintosummerresidence. In 1948 town was renamed Lomonosov in honor of the great Russian scientist, educator and poet – Mikhail Lomonosov.

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