Peterhof Grand Palace and Park
Peterhof is an ensemble of palace and park on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, often referred to as "the Russian Versailles".
Its construction began in 1712 as a summer imperial residence of Peter the Great. Peterhof or Petrodvoretz as it also called is a grandeur celebration of victory and access to the Baltic Sea. First of all we would strongly recommend visiting the Lower Park in which there is a bunch of beautiful and gracefully arranged fountains that are the embodiment of a celebration idea. Also we think that it is worthy to pay attention to the Grotto tour to know the underlying foundation of the fountains. Panoramic pictures are best taken from the Upper Garden and from the side of the Grand Palace, which is the highest position in this area.
The Grand Palace
It is the main building of the ensemble of the Lower Park and the Upper Gardens. Originally a modest royal palace built in style of "Peter's baroque" later on reconstructed for the Empress Elizabeth in so-called “mature Baroque” style. A combination of original interior designs by Rastrelli, Yurii Felten, Vallin de la Mothe.
The Lower Park
Created in the image of Versailles, the summer residence of King Louis XIV of France, the Lower Park is the most famous part of the entire complex. This regular garden is embellished by many beautiful palaces and sculptures, but the most important ornaments are the fountains with the Grand Cascade as a culmination point. They all are supplied by water thanks to a unique engineering system created with the direct involvement of Peter the Great. To take a closer look at this system go on a tour to the Grotto of the Grand Cascade. You will see many tubes that supply water to the fountains in different colors and would have an opportunity to guess which one is for “Samson” fountain. Also you will go by the path that Peter the Great’s guests came to visit his summer residence.
We also recommend to visit other palaces and buildings in Peterhof which are not less interesting as the said ones, on the contrary showing a more detailed picture of Peter the Great’s times: the Monplaisir Palace, the Marly Palace, the “Hermitage” pavilion, the Special Treasury museum, the Bath Block, etc.
Admission fee and Working hours
||Daily 10:30 am to 7 pm. Last admission is at 5:45 pm.
Thursday: 10:30 am to 9 pm. Last admission is at 8 pm.
||Mondays, the last Tuesday of the month
||RUB 550.00. Audio-guide: RUB 500.00
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NOTE: during the excursion we ask you kindly to come in time and not late for your entrance time.