Do you want to visit a real palace and feel like a representative of the nobility for one day? In Gatchina you will have this opportunity, and even more than once. Today we will visit two palaces, unique in their architecture, take a walk in the park by the picturesque lake and visit the old Nabokov estate.
If you have never explored the beauty of the southern estate or just want to stroll through the beautiful parks, then head to Gatchina. And driving a little further south, you can get to know the place where V.V. Nabokov spent his childhood. Nabokov.
An exciting journey awaits you! Before a long and interesting journey, we recommend stopping at a proven gas station - fill up with quality fuel a full tank and take a cup of delicious coffee to make the road more comfortable.
Our first stop will be the museum of history of Gatchina. The main exhibition of the museum introduces the history of the city before 1917, which will help us fully appreciate the sights we will visit later. Working hours: Daily, except Tuesday from 10.00 to 18.00 (the ticket office is open until 17.00). Day off: Tuesday; Last day of the month - sanitary day.
Next, it is worth visiting the Great Gatchina Palace, which was once a luxurious gift from Catherine II to her favorite. The picturesque topography of the area allowed to create here a unique landscape park, the center of which was the palace, created by the famous Italian architect. Opening hours: Weekends - January 18, 19, 25; Gatchina Palace Entrance through the Arsenal Tue - Wed 10:00 - 18:00 (till 17:00) Rest days: Monday Gatchina Park Open daily 06:00 - 22:00 Entrance free You can buy tickets for excursions, as well as find additional rules of visiting at [official website](https://gatchinapalace.ru/poseh/admission_fee/).
We'll grab a bite to eat in a cafe with an interesting interior and hit the road again! You can book a table at +7 (921) 325-46-06.
Let's go on a sightseeing tour of the Priory Palace, the landmark of Gatchina. Here you will be told about the unusual construction method used in the creation of the palace, who it was built for and much more! Priory Palace Wed - Wed 10:00 - 18:00 (till 17:00) weekend: monday and tuesday You can buy tickets for the tours, as well as additional rules for visiting the palace, on [official website](https://gatchinapalace.ru/poseh/admission_fee/). In addition, an individual tour of the Priory Palace can be pre-ordered by phone +7 (813) 719-34-92.
The museum exhibits will tell you about the events of life and work of the emigrant writer Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov and his family. Everyone will find something interesting here, be it the manor park, the butterfly collection or the unique atmosphere of the manor. You can sign up for an individual visit via [Vkontakte application](https://vk.com/app5887784_-12957350). To book a tour please call +7 (813) 716-21-58. Working hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Monday and Tuesday are days off.
Have dinner at the inn, named after the main character of A.S. Pushkin's story "The Station Ranger". It is said that he really worked at the station not far from here. You can reserve a table by calling +7 (813) 716-23-03.