Bike ride on Moscow Highway to Alexander Park in Pushkin town

Those who favour bike rides out of town will appreciate this 30 km (19 mi) voyage to Alexander Park in the town of Pushkin.

Shushary is the community that begins right after the Vitebsky overpass. A rather long highway ride awaits us, past the Lensovietovsky Sovkhoz farm. As we hit Moskovskaya Slavianka community, we take a right on Kolpino Highway, which becomes Novoderevenskaya ulitsa a bit farther down the road.  
We take a right after the railway crossing, and find ourselves in Privokzalnaya (Railway Station) Plaza. The station looks pretty neat. Then we roll into Leningradskaya ulitsa, and take a left when we reach the St. Petersburg Highway. The Egyptian Gate shows up a little farther down. The building on the right is the St. Petersburg University of Agriculture. St. Petersburg’s very first railway station is behind it, a bit off our route.  
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The Catherine Palace, or Grand Tsarskoye Selo Palace, was the summer residence first of Catherine I (this palace was the first thing she had built on her new property), then of Elizabeth, and finally of Catherine II. Construction began in 1717 and took seven years. The inauguration of the palace was celebrated on a grand scale, including cannon volleys. The palace would be rebuilt several times. The 1752 rebuilding by Bartholomeo Francesco Rastrelli turned the Catherine Palace into the baroque edifice we know. One of the treasures that have gone missing in the palace was the legendary Amber Room. The Nazis stole it during the Great Patriotic War, but no one knows where the room was hidden. The effort to reconstruct the Amber Room commenced in 1979, and was completed by 2003, the year of St. Petersburg’s 300th jubilee. The Catherine Palace is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  

The Catherine Palace stands amid a magnificent park, named Catherine Park. It is of two parts. One is a landscaped English Park. They say that the other, the rectilinear Old Park, was founded by Peter I himself, who had some Dutch landscape designers at his command. Catherine II patronized the landscaped part, the English Park. Statues were erected here commemorating the Russian Empress’ achievements. It is easy to lose one’s way amid the many buildings in the Catherine Park. Among the must-sees are the Cameron Gallery with its sculpture collection, the Upper Bath, the Hermitage and Hermitage Kitchen Pavilions, and the Marble Bridge.

The monument is located on the Victory Square (Ploschad Pobedy). It was opened May 9, 1975, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War (the eastern front of World War II). The memorial hall has a unique selection of documents and personal effects of the defenders of the city.