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Oranienbaum Park

Like the fabulous buildings at Oranienbaum, the park around them is in need of a great deal of tender, loving cate to restore it to its former glories. While some parts of the varied parkland can still give a fair impression of the carefully planned landscaping carried out in the reign of Catherine the Great, others are so overgrown as to have become just wilderness.

  • Sculptures in the park at Oranienbaum, west of St Petersburg, Russia
    Sculptures in the park at Oranienbaum
  • Sliding Hill (Katalnaya Gorka) Pavilion in Oranienbaum, west of St Petersburg, Russia
    Sliding Hill (Katalnaya Gorka) Pavilion in Oranienbaum
  • Gates of Peter III's mock-fortress Peterstadt in Oranienbaum, west of St Petersburg, Russia
    Gates of Peter III's mock-fortress Peterstadt

The Upper Park, to the south-west of the Grand Menshikov Palace, is the most beautiful section of the estate, with varied woodland interlaced with canals, bridges and ponds. Laid out in the reign of Catherine the Great by Joseph Bush, the rolling parkland contains the Chinese Palace and Antonio Rinaldi's equally fascinating Sliding Hill, a three-storey, blue-and-white baroque pavilion that was once the starting point for a 500m "rollercoaster" using sledges or wheeled carts. Other buildings in the Upper Park include the Stone Hall, used in Catherine's reign for masquerades, the late 19th century Pergola, and the simple neoclassical Cavaliers' Room, which now houses a cafe. The Upper Park also boasts a deer enclosure with tame and very friedly inmates.

The Lower Park around the Grand Menshikov Palace was laid out in the early 18th century, when formal gardens were still the fashion, and hence there is little to see for now among the unkempt flower beds and silty ponds.

Open:Daily, 9 am to 8 pm.
Admission:RUB 200.00 (Ticketed admission: May to October 9am to 5pm in Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Photo and video:Free/Included
Accessibility note:The Park is wheelchair accessible
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