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“Laconical and intimate palace near Saint Peterbsurg”
Review of Gatchina Palace

Gatchina Palace
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Gatchina
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 18, 2016

The palace is smaller than Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg, and it’s very different- not so rich and pompous, but laconical and also intimate.
The museum opens at 11am, so if you are from SaintPete you would have enough time for breakfast and getting to Gatchina. There are is a relatively small parking in front of museum, so before 11am its easy to find free place for your car.
We visited Gatchina in company with two families, ladies and children decided to visit nice garden around museum, I am with my friend spent about 2 hours in palace.
The story of this museum is very sad- it was destroyed during the war, by invaders, and by fire in 1944. The government decided not to restore this museum, but the decision was changed in 1970 and restoration started. There are a lot of rooms inside of museum still not completed, and several of them are available for visitors- it's very strange to see luxurious rooms in neighborhood with naked brick and cement. The renovation plan continues to 2060!
The exhibition of hunting weapon is rich, and attracting for every man. A lot of monarch's guns, knives, sword, musket... Everything is rich decorated, and also it's very interesting to see an evolution of firearms.
The throne hall is quite small, but impressive anyway. There are some other interesting rooms, like bedroom and circular cabinet.
The staff in the museum is kindly and high motivated, so we got a lot of details over the notes near display items.

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Reviewed June 20, 2016

rather pure from the outside the interior is just as splendid as in any other imperial estate.
fortification like from the exterior, a totally normal palace indoors.
some halls of the palace are still waiting to be renovated. yet some of those in disrepair are open to the public. very interesting contrast. well prepared display.
one can accesss the roof of one of the towers of the palace and enjoy the view over the park and town. the cellar with the secret passage is accesable, too.

Thank Januarius Z
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Reviewed October 20, 2014

Guide book says take bus from metro station, but bus to Gatchina loads in 'front' of Soviet House (a block north), not outside the Moskovskaya metro itself (those are returning). When you get to Gatchina town there are several stops before palace. Bus will take left, then a right at an obelisk. Palace on right. To get return bus go back down to the obelisk where there is a covered stop. Look for your number returning. At palace entrance is at the left corner of courtyard. Your ticket will admit you to gardens and maybe other sites there also. You can see restored and damaged parts of palace.

1  Thank Dayton H
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

Definitely one of the top 5 places to see in and around Saint Pete. During the tour it was shocking to see only Russian language groups, as it seems that travel agencies and foreign tourists simply ignore this palace. Yes, it is the last in line for restauration funds (relative to Pushkin, Petrodvorets, Pavlovsk and Hermitage) and remains work in progress, but this is the only former czar palace which is rather a castle and indeed resembles a smaller version of Versailles.
Great guides, interesting history, real feeling of the restauration works and the unique underground cellar experience. Treat yourself!

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was very glad I could find time to visit this palace and follow an excusion telling about the history of the place, and about the efforts the museum keepers made to preserve the museum at German siege of Gatchina and SPb in 1941 - the museum workers continued work at exhibits evaquation even at the time when fascist army was already in the town of Gatchina, so they made it possible that the museum is open at present time.

Thank Oksana P
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