Welcome to Pavlovsk


Between 1781 and 1786, on orders from Catherine the Great, architect Charles Cameron designed the Great Palace in Pavlovsk. The palace was designated for Catherine’s son Paul (hence the name, Pavlovsk), and it was his second wife, Maria Fyodorovna, who orchestrated the design of the interiors. It served as a royal residence until 1917. Ironically, the original palace burnt down two weeks after WWII when a careless Soviet soldier’s cigarette set off German mines (the Soviets blamed the Germans). As at Tsarskoe Selo, its restoration is remarkable.


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$88.61 Tours & Sightseeing

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

A pleasant walk through the park will let you feel like you're an important guest in the Residence of an Empress.The town of Pushkin, which was called Tsarskoye Selo until 1917, is 24 km (14.9 miles) south of St Petersburg. It was the residence of the Tsars from the beginning of 18th century onwards (from the mid-18th to the early 19th century palace and park complex were built, including the Catherine and Alexander Parks). The Catherine's Palace is one of the best examples of Russian baroque. It’s also famous for housing the world famous Amber room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World". After several other 18th-century renovations, it is covered with more than 55 square meters and contained over six tonnes of amber. Then stroll along the alleys of the Catherine Park, a wonderful work of the Russian art of gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines the masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of the transforming nature of the north.You have the opportunity to include with your tour a visit to the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace, which was the summer residence of the great Paul I, which is only a 5 miles drive from Pushkin. The interiors have influences of many cultures, as there were several architects throughout the years. Inside the palace you'll see the Egyptian Vestibule, the Italian Hall, a Greek Hall with French furnishings and Paul's War Hall.After visiting the Pavlovsk, you can relax in the beautiful palace gardens, where where Johann Strauss once performed with his orchestra. Have a seat in one of the many pavilions -- the Temple of Friendship, the Colonnade of Apollo, the Pavilion of the Three Graces, the Dairy Farm or the Rose Pavilion.

$114 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Half-Day Tour of St Petersburg's Royal Suburbs Including a Horse Ride in a Traditional Russian Sleigh

Be picked up from St. Petersburg at 9am and meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel/port/ airport terminal. Be driven to Pushkin, the former summer home of the Romanov tsars, located about 20 km south-east of St Petersburg.Visit Fedorovskiy township, a unique monument of Russian culture built in "neo-Russian style" and the church of our lady of Fiodor constructed for the family of Nickolas II. Enjoy a walk in Alexander Park and around a charming Chinese village and some free time in in the delightful, small town of Pushkin. Also visit St Catherine church in Pushkin. You can also have your lunch break here if you wish (food is at own expense).Be driven to Pavlovsk next, a former summer residence of Emperor Paul I and his wife. Visit Pavlovsk Palace, which is famous for its rich collection of unique furniture, porcelain and antic statures. Elegant and harmonious classical style interiors of the palace will strike you with its own special charm, impeccable proportions and perfect taste.Have an unforgettable horse ride in a traditional Russian sleigh and enjoy a vast landscape park of Pavlovsk, famous for its romantic views before returning to your hotel.Note: the sequence of the sights can be changed. Every first Monday of a month a visit to Pavlovsk Palace is changed to the alternative visit to one of the suburban palaces due to the museum is closed. In case of the weather conditions, the horse ride in a traditional Russian sleigh can be changed.

$154.77 Tours & Sightseeing

St. Petersburg Highlights Day Tour Including Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk

Come and discover during this St. Petersburg Highlights Day Tour including Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk. Step back to the days of Russia’s 18th-century on a 4-hour tour of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. Travel from St Petersburg by private vehicle on the same road as Catherine the Great did at her time. Visit the Palace interiors, including the Amber Room, spectacularly coated in amber and mirrors. You will also get to admire the gardens and garden pavilions.Formerly known as Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin is home to one Russia’s grandest royal estates — the Catherine Palace, built in the 1700s as a residence for Catherine I and once called the Palace of Tsarskoe Selo. Originally modest, the palace was remodeled by Catherine’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, in the mid-1700s, who turned it into the extravagant baroque residence of today. On arrival, absorb the blue-and-white facade and take a guided tour inside. Marvel at the rococo state rooms and halls embellished with stucco, frescoes, marble and visit the showpiece —the extraordinary Amber Room. Covered in amber panels that replicate the originals looted by the Nazis in World War II and subsequently lost, this spectacular room is a vision of shimmering amber work, gold leaf and mirrors. The original room was dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and today’s replica was made using 13,000 pounds (6,000 kilograms) of amber.After a traditional Russian lunch, continue your tour. Pavlovsk is little known to tourists but it deserves no less attention. Catherine, happy with the birth of his first grandchild (the future Emperor Alexander the 1st) gave this land to her son Paul and his wife. They have turned this country house and Park in a sample unsurpassed taste and harmony. Suffice it to say that the collection of ancient sculpture in Pavlovsk is considered second, after the Hermitag.

$371.76 Private & Custom Tours

Private Half Day Excursion to Pavlovsk from St Petersburg

A superb palace and park ensemble, dating from the late 18th to the 19th century, visited by more than 1.5 million tourists every year. Pavlovsk is included in the list of the cities protected by UNESCO. Pavlovsk was a summer residence of the Russian Emperor Paul I and his family. Its architects were amongst the greatest of the period: Cameron, Brenna, Quarenghi, Voronikhin and Rossi. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares.The formation of the Pavlovsk Palace collections was closely connected with the journey by Emperor family through Europe in 1781-82. They visited workshops of well-known artists, ordering and acquiring paintings, furniture, bronze articles, silk fabrics, china sets etc. They also brought back to Russia a large number of antique sculptures from Italy, and gifts from European royal courts. Many of these treasures are on view, together with an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists, and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings.Following a long restoration, the ravishingly beautiful private rooms of Empress Maria Fedorovna, which were decorated Quarenghi and Voronikhin, are again open to the public.

$393.39 Private & Custom Tours

Private Half Day Excursion to Peterhof Palace from St Petersburg

A superb palace and park ensemble, dating from the late 18th to the 19th century, visited by more than 1.5 million tourists every year. Pavlovsk is included in the list of the cities protected by UNESCO. Pavlovsk was a summer residence of the Russian Emperor Paul I and his family. Its architects were amongst the greatest of the period: Cameron, Brenna, Quarenghi, Voronikhin and Rossi. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares.The formation of the Pavlovsk Palace collections was closely connected with the journey by Emperor family through Europe in 1781-82. They visited workshops of well-known artists, ordering and acquiring paintings, furniture, bronze articles, silk fabrics, china sets etc. They also brought back to Russia a large number of antique sculptures from Italy, and gifts from European royal courts. Many of these treasures are on view, together with an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists, and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings.Following a long restoration, the ravishingly beautiful private rooms of Empress Maria Fedorovna, which were decorated Quarenghi and Voronikhin, are again open to the public.

$140 Holiday & Seasonal Tours

St. Petersburg Winter Fairy Tale and Pavlovsk Palace Tour

Your private, fully licensed guide and professional driver will meet you at your St. Petersburg hotel or near St. Petersburg cruise port.Settle into your air-conditioned vehicle and set off on a city tour to visit St. Petersburg’s most magical and mysterious places, and soak up the Russian winter fairy tale atmosphere.Take photos of the city’s most famous, snow-frosted sights and icy canals and rivers, and if it's during the festive season, admire the Christmas decorations. At around midday, stop to enjoy a traditional Russian lunch (own expense), and then travel into the suburbs to Pavlovsk to visit the Pavlovsk Palace and Park.  This classical, late 18th-century palace was constructed 16.7 miles (27 kilometers) from the city as a summer residence for Tsar Paul I and his family, and is one of the few royal houses that still retain the cozy and personal atmosphere of its one-time imperial residents.Framing the palace is the beautiful, 1,482-acre (600-hectare) Pavlovsk Park. One of Europe’s largest parks and considered a perfect example of romantic, early 19th-century landscaping, it more than deserves its description as ‘music for the eyes.’Your trip finishes with a drop-off at your hotel or the cruise port.