Peterhof Palace and Park

Accurately referred to as the ‘Russian Versailles’, Peterhof (pronounced Petergof in Russian) is one of Russia's number one tourist attractions. It is particularly spectacular from late-May to mid-October, when the 147 fountains are turned on, but even so it is well worth visiting at any other time of year.
The Great Palace was built between 1709 and 1724 under the directions of Peter the Great, but the tsars and tsarinas that followed each wanted to make their own mark, adding another palace or fountain to the grounds. The focal point of the whole ensemble is the jaw-dropping cascade fountain leading down from the palace and from there the park spreads out to the left and right along the coastline with trick fountains, pyramid fountains, marble sculptures and other impressive stuff.  
Note than in autumn and winter months the fountains are switched off and boarded up, so you should only come if you are interested in seeing the palace itself.
Other museums worth visiting within the grounds include the Hermitage Palace, the Marly Palace and Monplaisir, the little house where Peter the Great used to organise parties for his closest (and rowdiest) friends.

Admission to park the upper park is free. Admission Great Palace 100 - 400Rbl. Tour booking office (+7) 812 450 58 06.

Gettin there: From Baltiisky station, take a train to Peterhof station or bus 350, 351, 352, 356, or marshrutka 404. From metro Avtovo, take marshrutka 224, 300 or 424 and from metro Leninsky pr. take marshrutka 103.

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  • So wonderfull place! I visited it last spring, within the confines of Aventura Travel program and still impress a lot.

Open:

Park open daily 09:00 - 19:00. Palaces open 10:30 - 18:00, Thu 10:30 - 21:00. Closed last Tue of the mounth.

Phone:

(+7) 812 450 52 87

www:

http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru


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