Also known as Tsarskoye Selo (the Emperors village), the Catherine Palace is a magnificent complex of gardens, baroque-styled summerhouses, and colorful palaces. It was the place where Russian royal families have lived since the 18th century.
It is located outside the city limits, some 25 kilometers from the center of St. Petersburg. Parks around the area give an impression of a romantic and quiet place, but the interior of the royal buildings gives evidence of extravagance.
Local trains run from St. Petersburg's Vitebskiy station (not the main hall, but the smaller hall for local trains to the right and around the corner as you face the main hall) to the Detskoe Selo station in Pushkin. A round-trip train ticket costs 72 Rubles, and trains run at 15-20 minute intervals starting at 6:00am until midnight except:
The Catherine Palace is located in the town of Pushkin on the address 7 Sadovaya Street.
The regular admission price is 320 rubles, but students and children can get a discount.