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Sometimes you think too much is too much but the greatest thing of this place is that even excess is design with such a great style that some of the rooms of this palace that houses the world famous Hermitage museum are masterpieces on its...More
Stunning as always in Russia which we found to be a country of superlatives. A wonderful selection of things to see - you must go there! Perhaps easier to visit as a part of a group - you get in quicker - beware queues!
Multiple buildings with priceless heirlooms. The decadence of the Romanov hierarchy is unbelievable compared to the life of the common Russian of the period. Eventually incompetent leadership led to their demise- but what followed for 70 years nearly consumed the nation.
The Winter Palace is beautiful. Especially it is liked by those who is visiting Saint Petersburg for the first time.
I would like to mention that the title of this attraction on TripAdvisor has a mistake. The existing Winter Palace is not actually the Palace...More
Silly me! I know a palace isn't going to be a two up two down sort of place - the name sort of gives it away - but I simply had not anticipated the sheer beauty, size and splendour of the winter hideaway. Add to...More
The Winter Palace is some palace to behold, the most grand of all the palaces we have visited in Europe. Just the entrance stairs into the palace is already a wow experience! A must visit in St. Petersburg.
This is a huge representation of historical Russian Royalty.
It is made up of 5 different buildings.
The Architecture is stunning, both inside and out.
Allow a couple of hours to enjoy this very popular attraction.
Sorry for the delay in answering your question. The answer is do you wish to get an idea of the history of the place or if you are a history etc buff who delves into every detail of the past. You could spend a day or a week... More
Sorry for the delay in answering your question. The answer is do you wish to get an idea of the history of the place or if you are a history etc buff who delves into every detail of the past. You could spend a day or a week in St. Petersburg alone and barely scratch the surface. Similarly the same can be said of any of their bigger attractions of which The Hermitage is possibly the most varied regarding works of art etc., and the cost of entry for a few days soon mounts up. The other point that has to be addressed is that the Russians are not keen to have individuals wandering their country as opposed to an organised group and I felt that , as tourism is fairly new to them, they are inexperienced in dealing with what we in the west would term an ideal situation for making a few bob , so be prepared for a level of stand offishness when they are dealing with tourists. This may relax in time but it is there.
Getting back to the Hermitage the crowds and noise can be substantial and everyone wants to take photos.