10 Things to Do in Pushkin That You Shouldn't Miss

October 31, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Pushkin is a historic estate originally given by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine as a rural getaway. Today, the main attraction is Tsarskoye Selo, a collection of historic palaces, churches and other buildings that make it a World Heritage Site. Highlights include the beautiful Alexander and Catherine Palaces. The town itself was founded in the early 1700s and was the home of the first railroad service in Russia, which still connects it to the capital.
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1. Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve

Sadovaya St., 7, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 466-66-69
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Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve

Reviewed By Sureeporn Y - Phitsanulok, Thailand

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum or Catherine Palace is one of the must-see tourist' attractions in St. Petersburg. When you go to this palace, you'll see a sculpture of Pushkin, a famous Russian writer before you reach the palace entrance. The palace give you a feminine aura and a feel of the dynasty's prosperity and grandeur. Every room is beautifully decorated with invaluable collections, mostly souvenirs from other countries. Photos are allowed in every room, except the most precious amber room. When you think of the fact that the original palace was destroyed during the war and was renovated later by the government, it could make you think how much more beautiful the palace had been before the destruction. The garden around the palace is also beautiful with green, golden and red leaves that make tourists Oohs and Aahs with the beauty of pure nature. If you happen to go to St. Petersburg - weather for work or traveling - don't forget to put the Tsaskoye Selo State Museum in you plan.

2. Catherine Palace and Park

Sadovaya St., 7, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 466-66-69
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Catherine Palace and Park

Filled with 18th-century paintings and ornate rooms, this white and gold palace is surrounded by a 1400-acre park complete with Fountains, Bridges, the Agate Pavilion bathhouse and the Great Pond. The Palace also has a famous Amber Room, stolen by Nazi troops during WWII, but now recreated by Russian craftsmen.

Reviewed By BobandJosie - Reading, United Kingdom

Visiting on a cold March day, the pakland setting really complemented the Palace. Incredible to believe that it was all destroyed in 1944 and has certainly been sympathetically rebuilt and restored to a spectacular standard. Room after room of sumptious goodies and settings.

3. Memorial Lyceum Museum

Sadovaya ul., d. 2, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 476-64-11
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Memorial Lyceum Museum

Reviewed By Oleg Y - Belgrade, Serbia

Being in Pushkin and in Tsarskoye Selo within it, we inevitably visited this very well known educational edifice in the first decade of 19th century in Russia, while reigned Alexander I Romanov.
Now it is turned in Memorial Lyceum Museum. Here, Alexander Pushkin and some other great Russians studied.
It is also called Alexander Lyceum after its founder the Emperor Alexander I. Style of building is neoclassical .
We carefully looked at all rooms and objects in them, preserved in Lyceum until our days, as for instance the school tables, chairs, the panel on the walls, sleeping rooms, the dining rooms, the vestibule, shool yard and others.
There was a strong influence of Lyceum on Pushkin and his poetry and this can be seen in his first youth poems.
Very nice and educative.

4. The Hermitage Pavilion

Ekaterininskiy Park, Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Hermitage Pavilion

Reviewed By OntarioTravellers2 - Sarnia, Canada

You will need a couple of hours to see this but it is well worth it! It is very well kept and interesting to see how they live

Sadovaya, 7A, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia
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Kameronova Gallery Museum

Reviewed By Oleg Y - Belgrade, Serbia

This Gallery Museum bearing the name of one scottish architect and designer, that is, Charles Cameron, is the adjacent building to the east wing of the Catherine Palace. In fact, it stands perpendicular to it.
Naturally, it has been done by this talented architect and interior designer for Catherine the Great. Very impressive is the Colonnade on the upper storey of edifice, consisting of number of slender ionic columns. From that level we've hade some beautiful views on the surrounding Gardens and Great Pond. And within this row of columns there are also the bronze busts of the great figures of antiquity.
We just admired at the very originally designed approaching stairs with two wings and the statue of Hercules at the bottom of the stairs.
Nowadays, the Gallery is used to house temporary Exhibitions.
If You have a park ticket, the admission for this Museum is free.

6. Alexander Park

Dvortzovaya St., 2 | Tzarskoe Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 415-76-06
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Alexander Park

This magnificent palace is most well known for its role during the reign of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, who, with his family, was kept here before being moved to Siberia and then murdered.

Reviewed By Oleg Y - Belgrade, Serbia

This park named after the Tsar Alexander I Romanov runs to the west of Catherine Palace and covers pretty large area of around 200 ha.
We walked here for awhile after seeing the gorgeous Catherine Palace and in the aim to settle our impressions of it in the serenity of this beautiful vast green area. The park is crisscrossed by the little rivers, brooks and very nice ponds. It started sometime in the past with New Garden, a square surrounded by the Cross Canal, which still exists in the present time and expanded beyond these limits.
In the center of one of the quarters of New Garden stand the remains of the Chinese Theatre and nearby the Grand Chinese Bridge and the Sculpture of the Chinese man in the sitting position.
Very interesting are the buildings of castle-like Arsenal Red Pavilion and White Tower. In the far north of the Alexander Park we stumbled at the very nice St. Fyodor's Imperial Cathedral. Before the Great October Revolution this church was a house church for Nicholas II and his family.
In whole this rambling we undertook in Alexander Park was very pleasant with so lot things to see.

7. Alexander Palace

Sadovay str, 2, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 465-20-18
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Alexander Palace

Reviewed By Mina P - Inverkip, United Kingdom

A gift of Catherine the Great to her favorite grandson, Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich (later Emperor Alexander I of Russia) when he married Grand Duchess Elizaveeta Alexeevna. The building designed by Giacomo Quarenghi between 1792 and 1796 was originally planned for Saint Petersburg. But finally it was built in front of the huge Alexander Park in Tsarskoye Selo. One of the best examples of Neoclassical style in Russia. Impressive entrance with a Colonnade of Corinthian columns.
The Russian Royals used it mainly as a summer residence. But the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II decided to stay here with his family permanently after the Bloody Sunday. That's why they made changes to the interior adapting it to their needs. The buildings got electricity, a telephone system and an hydraulic lift. Many rooms were decorated in Art Nouveau style, very fashionable at the time.
Following their arrest during the 1917 Revolution, Nicholas II and his family were initially imprisoned here before being sent to Siberia. After their execution, the Palace turned to a Museum. It survived the Nazi occupation and after WWII it became a naval college. Finally in 1996 the World Monuments Fund (WMF) sponsored its renovation which goes on gradually even now.
It's a Museum now dedicated to theTsarist Russia with a number of rooms returned to their original decoration.

8. Museum Russia in World War I

Fermskaya St., 5A, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 415-76-92
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Museum Russia in World War I

Reviewed By Oleg Y - Belgrade, Serbia

In former Martial Chamber, that is located on the Fermskaya Road, leading through the Alexander Park, is settled this new museum consecrated to the World War I and the participation of Russia in it.
The building of Martial Chamber was recently renovated and with the New Museum of Great War started to host the visitors.
We saw an excellent exhibition of authentic weaponry and military life items, as the soldiers helmets, guns, revolvers, pistols, boots, overcoats, military uniforms, war medals, war maps and so many more things, that give us a clarification on the main events, that took a place during the Great War. The organisation of the Museum, displays presented within the building and the professional guides were very good. The exterior of the building as in the case of russian churches is nicely and neatly whitewashed with the likable green roofs of so varied shapes.
In front of the Martial Chamber, in the courtyard are set the howitzers and armored car.
Just liked this museum a lot, not only because of its appearance but also due to plentitude of useful and educative informations, that it provides.

9. Feodorovsky Cathedral

Akademichesky prospekt, 34, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196607, Russia +7 812 466-61-69
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Feodorovsky Cathedral

Reviewed By ZenHealer7 - Asheville, North Carolina

If you wish to visit just one Cathedral in St. Petersburg, this should be the one. But it is not for the masses and the hordes of camera toting tourists and Chinese. It is away from the Center, tucked away on a quiet street, and even though the exterior has its own beauty, it is only when you enter the Upper Church that you get an idea of what it is all about.
This Cathedral was almost totally destroyed by Stalin, and has been lovingly restored very recently. You can almost smell the fresh paint. There are 2 levels, the Lower and the Upper Church. The Lower is more traditional, but has a labyrinth! I have never seen a labyrinth in an Orthodox Church before, so this itself was very revealing and interesting. And then the Upper Level. The energy there is palpable. Only when you come here, do you realize what it means to find God in a Church. You will feel Him instantly. I am not religious of any sort, and when I visit a Church it is usually out of curiosity or to find some architectural beauty. Here, you will feel connected with the higher source, the kind that you will never find or experience in the Vatican or most other religious places. You will have the entire place almost to yourself, so take your time, and find your peace.

10. Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop

Sadovaya St., 7, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601, Russia +7 812 476-99-18
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Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop

Tsarskoselskaya amber workshop is located a few minutes' walk away from the Catherine palace in Pushkin, St.Petersburg. It is the very plcae where the famous Amber Room was reconstructed. Till this day the Amber workshop is actively involved in restoration of the Catherine palace and has a wonderful team of 100 professional restorers.

Reviewed By AshBush - London, United Kingdom

Make an appointment in advance and go to the Amber workshop within the grounds for a personalised tour of where they work on the Amber, the rich history of the Amber itself and of the fate of the Amber room and the painstaking reconstruction, for...MoreThank you for your visit to the Amber Workshop and for your thoughtful review. It was a pleasure to have you here. Best regards, Nika

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