Romance of the south of the Leningrad region: palaces, parks and ancient churches – Road.Travel

Romance of the south of the Leningrad region: palaces, parks and ancient churches

Road Trip Route. Museum-Reserve Tsarskoe Selo, Birch House and Mask Portal, Active Recreation Center "Tuutari Park", Demidovs Estate, Museum "Dacha Capital", Oredezhskie caves, Museum Estate Christmas..

You will love this travel itinerary if you like cozy romantic walks, history and unusual museums. During the trip you will visit the lyceum, where the great writer Alexander Pushkin studied. You'll walk in the parks in the museum-reserve "Tsarskoe Selo" and look into the famous Amber Room in the Catherine Palace. In Gatchina you will see the fantasies of Paul I's wife. What's more, once majestic estates, natural attractions and several boring museums await you on your way. Route developed with the support of [Volkswagen Multivan](

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Pushkin and Gatchina

The south of the Leningrad region is very rich in amazingly beautiful palace and park ensembles. We suggest you go to the XIX century and admire the sophistication, taste and style of that time. Dream a little bit and imagine what your life would be like among the palace chambers. Today you will find the museum-reserve "Tsarskoe Selo", the lyceum, where Alexander Pushkin studied and made his closest friends, and the Palace Park in Gatchina.

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Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum (Царскосельский лицей)

The adventure begins near St. Petersburg at the First Lyceum of Russia, which was opened by order of the Emperor on October 19, 1811 and equated to a university. Later Pushkin will write a poem "October 19". Now on the basis of the former lyceum there is the All-Russian Pushkin Museum. Here you'll immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Alexander Sergeyevich's youth, learn how lyceum students' classes were held, why physical punishment was prohibited, get acquainted with the schedule of boys for every day. Many interesting facts will tell you about Pushkin's friends, no less famous historical personalities - Kukhelbeker, Anton Delvig, Ivan Pushchino.

Tsarskoye Selo Museum-Preserve (Государственный музей-заповедник «Царское Село»)

One more big and majestic sight of Pushkin's city. The museum-reserve includes Alexander, Catherine and Babolovsky parks with their palaces and pavilions. On this trip we advise you to visit the pearl of the museum-reserve - Catherine Palace, where two routes have been designed for guests. You will have a unique opportunity to visit the Amber Room, which contains many mysteries and riddles. Please check the official [site]( for pricing policy and mode of operation.

Хлебниковъ трактиръ

A little distraction and refreshment is available in a great institution near the museum-reserve. Very atmospheric place, located in a building from 1839. In the menu you will find original Russian dishes cooked according to the best recipes.

Берёзовый домик

In Gatchina, visit an unusual 18th century ensemble. The birch house was designed by architect F. Violais in the mid 1780s and embodied the boldest fantasies of the future Empress Maria Feodorovna.

Парк Зверинец

In the evening, take a stroll through the old park on both sides of the Gatchina River. It was founded in the second half of the 18th century and its founder is Count Grigory Orlov. You can hardly meet any animals here now, but the scenery is amazing. Although once there were rare exotic animals brought from all over the world.

Туутари парк

On the territory of the park you will not get bored, there are various activities waiting for you: fishing, walking on the beach, rope town, trolls. And in winter, skis and sledges are at your service! Dine in the on-site restaurant complex. Here you will feel at home. Cozy interior, fireplace and bewitching views of the mountains bring to the atmosphere of childhood and make you feel a little nostalgic. In the menu you will find dishes of Russian and oriental cuisine.

Day 2: Abandoned estates and unusual museums

Today you are going to drive through places that, unfortunately, could not preserve their grandeur to this day, but still look amazing, with mystical notes. One of such places is the Demidovs' Estate.


Have breakfast in a very stylish cafe located in the heart of Gatchina. Inside there is an atmosphere of provence, you just need to drink delicious coffee, eat croissant and take your time.

Усадьба Демидовых

Moving further south, you can meet an abandoned manor of the XVIII century. Once it served as the country residence of Russian industrialist Demidov. The manor was designed by the famous architect Ivan Starov. Take a walk and let your imagination go, imagine what this place looked like in 1761.

Музей "Дачная столица"

Please note the museum opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 The museum is located on the banks of the Oredezh River. The exposition of the museum tells about different periods of development of the Siver dacha area.

У Самсона Вырина

Lunch at the best restaurant Vyry, which, by analogy with the museum, bears the name of the protagonist of Pushkin's story "Station Ranger". The menu offers traditional dishes of Russian cuisine.

Заречный Парк

We suggest spending the evening in the Meadow, strolling in the central park. It's a great place to get to know the city.


For dinner, have a look at a very atmospheric place that is very popular with tourists. Be sure to try the Chaplin specialty here.

Day 3: Oredezhskie caves, museums and a restaurant at Castle BIP

On the final day you will visit the main natural attraction of the Leningrad Region - Oredezhskie caves. Visit the mansion of A.S. Pushkin's great-grandfather and learn about the fate of the emigrant writer Vladimir Nabokov.

Хлебное Раздолье

Start the final day of your journey with coffee and fresh pastries. The cozy bakery is located in a very picturesque area.

Оредежские пещеры

One of the main natural attractions of the Leningrad region is the quartz caves, which have two names: Oredezhskie or Borschevskie. It should be noted that the caves are of artificial origin. Once there was the development of white quartz sand for the Torkovic glass factory.

Мемориал Партизанской Славы

On the way to St. Petersburg we suggest you to visit the memorial complex in Luga district "Partisan Glory", which you passed yesterday. It was established in 1975 and is dedicated to the partisans of the Leningrad region who fought against the Nazi invaders.

Музей-усадьба «Рождествено»

Another attraction on the way to Peter is waiting for you in the village of Rozhdestvenno - manor house of the XVIII century. Its history is closely connected with Vladimir Nabokov. The estate passed to the writer from his mother's relatives, but it didn't belong for long. After the revolution he had to leave the country and leave all his property. The museum's expositions will tell about the past of the village of Rozhdestvenno and its environs, the families of Nabokovs and Mukavishnikovs, events of life and work of Vladimir Nabokov. Please note the opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.

Харчевня у дуняши

Yesterday you visited Samson Vyrin, and today it's time to visit the Dunyasha's farm. The marathon of original Russian dishes continues.

Музей-усадьба «Суйда»

The last museum in this small journey to the south of the Leningrad region. Once the estate belonged to A.S. Pushkin's great-grandfather and associate of Peter I - Abram Petrovich Hannibal. He moved here after retirement and lived here until his death in 1781. The museum was opened in 1999. Here you can learn more about the fate of Abram Hannibal, the parents of A.S. Pushkin, and even about the great writer's nanny - Arin Rodionovna, not far from her manor is a monument. Please note the opening hours: the weekend is Monday, Tuesday.

Ресторан БИП

You haven't seen better service than the Castle Beep restaurant. A large selection of dishes to prepare for you in one of the six variations of your choice. There are 8 halls for guests, a summer veranda and picnic areas. During the summer season there is a tour of the vegetable garden, where you will gather your own harvest, which afterwards will be prepared for you as you wish.

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