Next to the palace a large park is located, known as the Catherine park
. If you like walking and want to see all the pavilions, bridges and statues, this will definitely take you a full day! The Park was mainly developed at the time of empress Catherine II or, as Russians call her, Catherine the Great. She wanted to have the whole world at her fingertips, so she decorated the area with Greek, Chinese, French, Italian and Turkish style architecture. The Park consists of two parts – French style garden and free-flowing English garden, between the two parks there is a lake for boat rides, one of Catherine's favorite activities.