History of use

Why can t you take pictures in the amber room?

From October to April from 10:00 to 18:00 (tickets sold until 16:45). A ticket to the Catherine Palace Museum is valid for entry to the exhibition for one hour after sale. Closed: Tuesday and last Monday of the month. paid entrance

How to get to B&B King`s Residence

  • The Amber Room is located in the middle of the golden enfilade of the Catherine Palace in the city of Pushkin. You can get to the palace in the following ways:
  • — From Vitebsky station by electric train to the Tsarskoye Selo station (Pushkin) and then by buses No. 371, 382 or minibuses No. 371, 377, 382
  • — From the Moskovskaya metro station by minibuses No. 286, 287, 342, 347 and 545 or by bus No. 187 to the Pushkin railway station and then by buses No. 371, 382 or minibuses No. 371, 377, 382
  • — From the Zvezdnaya or Kupchino metro stations by bus No. 186
  • — From the Kupchino metro station by minibuses K-545a, K-286, K-287, and K-347a.

Ticket prices

  • Adults (basic rate) – 1 rubles.
  • Adults (preferential tariff – for tax residents of the Russian Federation) – 500 rubles.
  • Pensioners of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus – 290 rubles.
  • Cadets, conscripts, members of the unions of artists, architects, designers of Russia – 290 rubles.
  • Pupils (from 16 years old), students – 290 rubles.
  • Visitors under 16 years of age are free.

Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum: “The Catherine Palace worked at the limit of its capabilities back in 2015: then attendance reached the permissible maximum. Therefore, now the museum artificially curbs the flow of tourists. We are very dependent on the weather: when it rains, the parade ground in front of the palace is almost empty, and on sunny days, visitors line up in huge queues. At such times, we are very careful to ensure that people in queues stand honestly: for example, so that travel agencies on the approach to the palace do not put a whole group in place of one person.”

How to buy a ticket

Tickets to the Catherine Palace are sold only at the box office (there is no opportunity to purchase them on the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum website). Please note that the Amber Room is very popular with tourists, so on sunny days during the tourist season the waiting time in line can be several hours. As museum workers say, about a quarter of all those who want to visit the palace never get into it.

And after getting acquainted with the amber room, you can visit wonderful institutions where you can relax, unwind and improve your health – the public baths of St. Petersburg.

Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum: “Half of our visitors are people in tour groups, and the rest are single visitors. Many of them are people who came from far away; they often live in the provinces and do not have constant access to the Internet. We could do what they do, for example, in many museums in Italy – recording only via the Internet. But I understand that tourists come to us from all over the country, and many may simply not have a computer or the ability to sign up online.”

Excursions to the Catherine Palace and the Amber Room

Single visitors to the Catherine Palace can take an audio guide in English, German and French. The cost of the service is 150 rubles. There is no audio guide in Russian: for Russian-speaking visitors, a tour of the Catherine Palace is organized as part of an excursion group, which is formed in the palace lobby after purchasing tickets.

The history of the authentic Amber Room

The idea of ​​creating the Amber Room belongs to the German architect Eosander. It was originally intended that she would decorate Litzenburg, the summer palace of the Prussian Queen Sophia-Charlotte in Berlin, now known as Charlottenburg. The creation of the amber masterpiece began in 1707 by two Polish masters – E. Schacht and G. Turau, who worked on the finishing for six years. Peter the Great, who saw the amber panels during his visit to Prussia in 1712, was delighted, and four years later Frederick William presented them to the Russian Emperor. In the Great Tsarskoye Selo Palace, the Amber Room was installed only in 1755, and this was done by Peter’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth.

The story of the theft of the Amber Room

When in 1941 it became clear to the residents of Pushkin that the front line would soon move to Leningrad, an emergency evacuation of valuables from the museums of Tsarskoye Selo began. The fragile panels of the Amber Room were dangerous to dismantle, so the staff decided to preserve them: the panels were covered with paper, gauze, cotton wool and wooden shields. This did not save the masterpiece from the Nazis: the Amber Room was taken to Germany, and the last time it was shown at Konigsberg Castle in 1944. After the retreat, the Nazis dismantled the amber panels and since then their whereabouts have been unknown.

The history of the restoration of the Amber Room

Work on recreating the lost masterpiece began in 1983, and the first amber panels created by restorers of the Tsarskoye Selo Amber Workshop saw the light of day after the collapse of the USSR. Elements of the original decoration of the room were returned to their homeland in the spring of 2000: these were a Russian chest of drawers from the late 2003th century discovered in Germany and a Florentine mosaic “Touch and Smell.” In total, the restoration of the Amber Room took almost a quarter of a century, and it again received visitors in XNUMX, the year of the celebration of the tercentenary of St. Petersburg.

Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum: “Many people go to the Catherine Palace just to see the Amber Room. Unfortunately, it is located in the middle of the golden enfilade, so there is no way to organize a separate entrance to it. We have several main routes around the palace. We launch two streams simultaneously: they move along parallel enfilades and meet in the Amber Room. Sometimes there are 4-5 groups in it at the same time. We are developing standards for visiting the palace (no more than nine hundred people per hour), including in the interests of the Amber Room.”

Amber Room and Agate Rooms

In addition to the world-famous Amber Room, shrouded in many myths and legends, in Tsarskoe Selo there are also agate rooms, undeservedly deprived of the attention of many tourists. This is an architectural masterpiece of the 18th century, located in the Cold Bath pavilion. The Agate Rooms are the former apartments of Catherine the Great and have no analogues in the whole world. Unlike the Amber Room, they are original, and their authentic decoration has been preserved to this day.

Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum: “The Agate Rooms have not become such a brand as the Amber Room, and do not have such a beautiful legend. But we’re even glad about this: they definitely wouldn’t have been able to withstand the huge flow of tourists. Still, you need to understand that the Amber Room is a very accurate recreation, and the agate rooms are the original of the 18th century. We take great care of them: for example, in rainy weather they are closed to the public.”

Text: Svetlana Shirokova

Were you waiting for news from the fields? Well, I’m starting to tell you little by little. and I would like to dedicate this review to the main attraction of the city of Pushkin – the Catherine Palace. It’s surprising: we’ve been to St. Petersburg as a family so many times, but this is the first time we’ve come to Pushkin. Actually, we planned this entire trip precisely in order to see the two main pearls – the Catherine Palace and the Catherine Park (we, of course, also looked at the Alexander Park and saw it with great pleasure)

We went to the Catherine Palace immediately on the day of our arrival. It was already closer to 7 pm, the ticket offices were closed, but free entrance to the park had not yet opened (for reference: you can enter for free from 7 to 9 am and from 19 to 22 pm/23 pm // the park closes at different times depending on time of year)

Therefore, we just admired this incredibly beautiful structure and went for a walk in Alexander Park. We returned here the next day – just for a walk.

This is a view of the palace, so to speak, from the back, through the gate. Tourists will not be able to enter this area.

A little more about organizational issues.
To get to the Catherine Palace you need to buy tickets. Accordingly, inspection is only with a tour group. Groups are sent for inspection every 15 minutes, so, as you understand, the inspection is almost a run. It’s not particularly possible to linger in any hall.

Buying tickets. You can buy at the ticket office next to the entrance, but there are always queues of about 15 people. You will have to stand for about 20 minutes, I think. In general, not critical.
If you don’t want to stand, tickets can be purchased on the Tsarskoe Selo website. BUT. First, you must buy tickets for a specific day and time. Secondly, you must pay for these tickets immediately, and they are non-refundable. And thirdly, you must indicate the passport details of each member of the group for whom you are buying a ticket.

Cost.
Adults: 850 rubles
Pensioners: 400 rubles
Students: 430 rubles

Next, you will receive a notification by email about the purchase of tickets and there will be a link, following which you will have tickets opened in your email. form and there will be a barcode. When entering the turnstiles, you will need to attach this barcode to the validator. Everything is simple and convenient

One more nuance. There are two excursion routes. Information about them is on the website and INSIDE, in the park. That is, if you don’t know anything about the routes and come to the ticket office just to buy a ticket, and they ask you which route you should take, then you fall into a stupor. Behind you is a line of people eager to get into the palace for a tour, and before you is the dilemma of which route to buy a ticket for. As I understand it, many people just point their fingers in the air. It is very inconvenient that such an information stand is located inside, after you have “rolled” your ticket and entered the park.

Before booking tickets, I read several reviews about the Catherine Palace and still wasn’t completely sure that I had chosen correctly: I booked tickets for route No. 2

If you look at the list of rooms, they are similar and 90% duplicated. The main thing is that the Amber Room is on both routes

Well, now that I have already outlined all the main organizational points, you and I can go on an excursion to the majestic, delightful, golden Catherine Palace

Until 1910 it was called the Great Tsarskoye Selo Palace
In general, his affiliation with Catherine, whose name he is now called, is not entirely correct. The palace was the official summer residence of as many as three Russian rulers – Catherine I, Elizaveta Petrovna and Catherine II.
But on the other hand, the founder of this Palace was Catherine I.
The architect is the famous Francesco Rastrelli. How many unique masterpieces he created!

The first palace of Catherine I was founded in 1717. But in the form in which we see it now, it was built from 1743 to 1756.

I understand that you are waiting for us to finally go inside. I won’t torment you, let’s go!

Having passed through a small dressing room, we enter the luxurious Lyon Hall, which got its name thanks to the silk used in decoration, brought from the French city of Lyon

Gold fabric on the walls, gold fabric on the windows, blue and gold trim on doors, fireplaces, mirrors. It feels like you are swimming in this gold, drowning. And although I don’t like gold, I admit that the hall is incredibly beautiful!

Look how luxurious the fireplace is! What graceful snow-white angels!

Looking around, don’t forget to turn your head to see the no less chic painted ceiling and chandelier

and look at the new chic floor here. Different types of wood, as well as mother-of-pearl inlays. Simply a masterpiece!

Next we move to the Arabesque Hall. This is one of the main state halls created for Catherine II. This is the brightest and most solemn hall of the Catherine Palace. White walls, white pilasters with gold fluting – all this creates an airy space. There are arabesque paintings on the walls, thanks to which the hall got its name

The main masterpiece of this room is a unique carpet that was woven in France. The drawing on it depicts Russia’s victory over Turkey

The ceiling has eight medallions showing piety. In the center is the trinity – Faith, Love, Humility

We move to a new room. And again gold is pressing on us from all sides. Everything sparkles and shines. but then the gold made me really sick, to be honest

And again, don’t forget to look at the ceilings – they are all painted, the monogram of Catherine II is everywhere

The hall is huge, in winter it was heated by such luxurious stoves. I was really impressed by the stoves, incredibly beautiful!

in this room they show us silverware. We look quickly and follow the guide further

By the way. We didn’t find a very good guide. She told the story rather boringly, the text had clearly been memorized for a long time and well, if she lost a word or the thread of the story, she fell into a stupor for a few seconds. We tourists even tried to suggest these words to her)))

Well, here is the Great Hall. The huge space of the hall with arched windows makes this hall very bright – and yes, the Bright Hall is the second name of this room
The area of ​​the Great Throne Hall is 800 square meters. meters! Can you imagine?

Daylight, getting inside, illuminates this entire huge golden room, and in winter the light of a million candles played with reflections on the walls of the hall

By the way, when you walk with your mouth open through the halls of the Palace, do not forget to pay attention to the very beautiful inlaid floor!

We follow the guide from room to room, listen, watch.

The main staircase is also incredibly beautiful, light and elegant! But we run through it very quickly, we don’t have the opportunity to “slow down” and look at everything. Alas (

We pass through several more gloomy rooms, listen to the story about the exhibits.

and finally we find ourselves in the room that EVERYONE dreams of seeing.
This is the Amber Room
I probably won’t even comment on anything, I’ll give you the opportunity to see this unique beauty at least in photographs

By the way, in the Amber Room we met a group walking along route No. 1. They were on one side of the room, where it was not decorated with amber, and looked at all this beauty over our heads. But we were in that part of the room that had been restored.

In some rooms there is information like this, but since everyone was running, we didn’t have time to read the information

Well, we were shown a few more rooms
Study

The green dining room is very beautiful, by the way. I really liked the delicate green-olive color of the walls combined with white stucco. It looks very impressive and at the same time gentle

Already walking through the corridors of the palace to the exit, we saw a kind of exhibition of photographs showing us all the stages of restoration of the Catherine Palace, destroyed during the Great Patriotic War.

Frankly, I was so tired of our guide that I had already run away from our group and went out on my own.

To finish the review with a “beautiful picture,” I want to show you another photo of the Grand Staircase, only not from above, passing through the halls, but from below, precisely from the entrance to the palace. Oh, what beauty!

I think that my story has bored you a little, there are too many letters.
So I’ll wrap it up.
What to say? The Catherine Palace is truly a masterpiece. Incredibly beautiful, I am very, very glad that I finally saw him. And it’s a special joy that I saw the Amber Room!

The only downside for me is the story of our guide. Boring and tedious
Otherwise, it’s just “wow.”

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