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Dvortzovaya St., 2, Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin

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Parks and Gardens, Castles/Palaces Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located near the Catherine Palace and Park, the nearly 500-acre Alexander Park is less formal than its neighbor. The Alexander Palace, which was a frequent retreat for the last czar, Nicholas II, sits inside the park. Though the palace is currently closed for renovations, there are still several other attractions within the park worth seeing. The park also contains the remains of the Chinese Theatre, an opera house designed by Antonio Rinaldi (who also designed the Chinese Palace still standing in the Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve), which was destroyed during World War II. A Chinese Village remains, and its restored cottages were made into apartments, and many of the park's adornments have an Asian motif. The park also features miniature versions of some of St. Petersburg's most famous buildings.

The park is often described as peaceful, pleasant and relaxing. Its pathways accommodate walkers, runners and bicyclists (as well as users of wheelchairs). Past travelers said Alexander Park makes for a nice addition to any visit to Catherine Palace, but they also said it's not worth the trip from St. Petersburg if you don't plan to also tour Catherine Palace.

Located in Pushkin, the park sits about 15 miles north of central St. Petersburg. Some visitors reported arriving via taxi (the most convenient option), but you can also reach it via hydrofoil boat from St. Petersburg (in the summer). Though it will take you longer, you can also reach Pushkin by metro and bus. Entry to the park is free (though there is a charge to use the toilets). Alexander Park tends to be less crowded than the Catherine Palace and Park. Both parks and their palaces are part of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. For more information, visit the official website.

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