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St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)
St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)

St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)

Free admission

Royalty, revolutions, and reformers have swept through Palace Square in St Petersburg, a grand plaza at the foot of the magnificent Winter Palace. Alexander Column dominates the center of Palace Square, which is wrapped by government buildings and remains a favorite gathering place for city-wide celebrations and holidays.

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Palace Square

The basics

As Palace Square rolls right to the edge of the Winter Palace—a royal landmark that houses the famed Hermitage Museum—it’s a key destination for visitors to St Petersburg. Hop-on hop-off tours of St Petersburg generally offer Palace Square as an included stop, and if you’re exploring St Petersburg on a tour, you may stop here as well. Visiting with a tour guide can be a good window into the fascinating history that has unfolded here.

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Things to know before you go

  • Palace Square is great for history buffs and travelers interested in imperial architecture.
  • Costumed actors come to Palace Square to take photos with tourists for cash—it’s a fun photo opportunity.
  • If you’re visiting the nearby Hermitage Museum, booking skip-the-line tickets in advance is a good way to avoid delays.
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How to get there

The closest metro station to Palace Square is Admiralteyskaya (Kirpichnyy Pereulok, 3), with service from the #5 line. The Suvorovskaya Square, which is served by the #3 line, is a 15-minute walk away. Hop-on hop-off bus tours of St Petersburg also stop by the palace, and plenty of taxis are available on-site.

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When to get there

Warm weather and long days make the period from June through September a popular time to visit St Petersburg, with the first really chilly days arriving in October. December and January can shine under a layer of snow, but you’ll have to bundle up for exploring the city. In any time of year, the weather in this high-latitude destination can be unpredictable, so packing layered clothing is a good idea.

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Where to Eat Near Palace Square

Stay energized for exploring at one of these St Petersburg eateries, which range from budget-friendly cafes to chic bars. You’ll find old-fashioned charm and traditional Russian food at Gogol and at the cozy Yat Restaurant-Buffet, the waiters might even dress up in historic garb. As the name suggests, Literary Café has hosted some of the country’s great writers, whereas modern elegance is the draw at The Lobby Bar.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)?
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Attractions near St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad):
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What else should I know about attractions in St Petersburg?
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As well as visiting the St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: