We invite you to Oranienbaum - residence of the Royal family, included in the list of UNESCO monuments, which is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland just in 40 km from St. Petersburg!
Oranienbaum is the only suburb which didn't undergo destruction by fascist aggressors during World War II. Damaged, but not destroyed in the years of war, palaces museums and parks of the city of Lomonosov have kept decorative furniture of the 18th century in all the originality. Therefore they are of huge art value as the original architectural monuments and can familiarize us with the history and art of the past.
In the first part of our programm we will visit main interior halls of The Grand Menshikov palace, remarkable construction which was built at the beginning of the 18th century and kept the beauty till these days. The Grand Menshikov palace, is the oldest construction of Oranienbaum. In its courtyard and its surroundings, one can plainly feel the spirit of that time, the epoch of transformation and battling for the entrance to the Baltic sea. It is situated almost at the water level of the gulf, connected with the sea, directed to it, as if embodying the main goal of all the work of Peter I's time - the affirmation of Russia on the coast of the freed sea.
During our tour we will also visit the Picture Palace, which was built initially for the purpose of exhibiting a huge collection of paintings which belonged to Peter III and consisted of 300 paintings. It houses the library, curiosities, and even a small Opera venue, which became the local center of the court musical life.
Then you will walk through a magnificent landscape Park of Oranienbaum residence. The Upper Park, to the south-west of the Grand Menshikov Palace is the most beautiful section of the estate, with varied woodland interlaced with canals, bridges and ponds. Laid out in the reign of Catherine the Great by Joseph Bush, the rolling parkland contains the Chinese palace & the Antonio Rinaldi's equally fascinating Sliding Hill, a three-storey, blue-and-white baroque pavilion that was once the starting point for a 500m "rollercoaster" using sledges or wheeled carts. Like the fabulous palaces at Oranienbaum, the park around them is in need of a great deal of tender, loving cate to restore it to its former glories. While some parts of the varied parkland can still give a fair impression of the carefully planned landscaping carried out in the reign of Catherine the Great, others are so overgrown as to have become just wilderness.
! Russian-speaking guide
Why you should choose this tour:
-Our modern buses with large panoramic windows will allow you to observe the must-see attractions.
-Our professional licensed guide will give you a lot of interesting information & you will see the interiors of the Grand Palace, accompanied by experienced Museum guide.
-Our optimal travel route allows you to see the main Oranienbaum attractions like Grand Palace, park+ Picture Palace.
-Great opportunity to take memorable pictures while walking through the park.
Price includes entrance tickets to the Palace & park. "Fast line" entrance!
Bus tour to Oranienbaum is an excellent choice to discover this famous residence! Buy your tickets online without any fee & a queue. It takes just a few minutes.
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A full description of all sights with exciting facts and explanations. *in Russian language
Absolutely for free!
Duration: 6 h. 00 min.
Place of departure:
Place of departure/arrival: Nevskiy pr. 35 (metro station "Nevskiy prospect", at the corner of Dumskaya str. & Nevskiy pr.). You can buy bus tickets on the website, without any queue & fee, or in our sales office: Nevsky prospect 22, 4th floor (*elevator), office 14 (don't buy tickets on the street!). In our office we offer free services: WC, water, city maps & booklets. The office is open daily, working hours. Сash & bank cards are accepted.