Side Trips from St. Petersburg Travel Guide

Side Trips from St. Petersburg Sights

English Landscape Gardens

  • 1 Krasnoarmeisky pr.
  • Gatchina
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 12/22/2015

Fodor's Review

After touring the palaces, you may want to head down to the lakes for a little relaxation. Rowboats and catamarans are available for rent—look for the bare-chested, tattooed men standing along the lake (you may be asked to provide your passport as a deposit, to make sure you actually return the boat instead of fleeing to Finland). The Gatchina park is laid out around a series of lakes occupying about one third of its entire area. The English Landscape Gardens were built around the White and Silver lakes. On a clear day the mirrorlike water reflects the palace facade and pavilions. The gardens are dotted with little bridges, gates, and pavilions and include the Eagle (Orliny) Pavilion, built in 1792 on the shores of the Long Island, and the so-called Chesma Column, built by Rinaldi in honor of the Orlovs' military deeds. Keep in mind that the signs in the park are in Russian and point to eventual destinations, such as Berlin, but if you keep to the lakeshore, you shouldn't have any trouble.

Sight Information

Address:

1 Krasnoarmeisky pr., Gatchina, Leningrad, 188300, Russia

Phone:

813-719–3492-tours

Sight Details:

  • included in admission to Gatchina Palace
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–5; closed 1st Tues. of month

Published 12/22/2015

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