Whether or not you want to see what’s in it, the palace is more than worth visiting in its own right. First walk around it, from Palace Square to the embankment to get a feeling of the grandeur and splendour – if you have time, go up onto the Dvortsovy bridge and admire the view with the Neva in the foreground. Then return to the entrance and go inside. The golden staircase is very decadent, but still gorgeous, and then there’s just room after room of opulence. No wonder the peasants revolted.
Palace Square - main entrance Dvortsovaya Nab (on the embankment)
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