Peterhof, Saint-Petersburg, RussiaPeterhof, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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The Russian "Versailles" of Peter the Great, near the sea, with its fantastic water games.

My experience, Explo description: 

After having built its capital in St. Petersburg in 1703, Peter the Great wanted to have palaces looking like his ambitions, especially after his visit to Versailles which had impressed him greatly. He selected the location in the Gulf of Finland, after his victory on the Swedish at the battle of Poltava in 1709.

After the sacking of the German occupation in 1944, it only remained the walls of the Palace and 70,000 trees of the Park had been slaughtered. Long restoration work carried out on the basis of photos, produced remarkable results.

The Grand Palace:

Magnificent and sumptuous, it was enlarged and transformed by successive occupants by Tsarina Elizabeth. Its architect, Rastrelli, gave it a general allure like a baroque palace with its yellow and white colors. Only tsar working cabinet has kept its original oak wooden decoration.

The Grand Canal and the lower Park:

Grand Canal connects the Grand Palace to the sea. It once allowed to arrive by boat. At the foot of the Palace was discovered "the Grand Cascade", an impressive set of water jets fountains, gilded with bronze sculptures spitting water. It makes a beautiful show.

All around, Peter the Great designed a 1,000 hectare park. He hired many craftmen, including French who had worked at Versailles, dealing especially everything linker to fountains and water. Many fountains are scattered everywhere. Very pleasant for a walk!

Marly Palace:

Referring to Louis 14th's hunting lodge, this small Palace was intended for the reception of guests.

Monplaisir Palace:

Built with materials and style reminding him of the Netherlands, is the place where he was staying most of the time.

Built in 1829 to Nicholas I and his family in Gothic style, it is a building with a much more intimate atmosphere.

Located 2 km from the Grand Palace, visit can be a pleasant 1h walk in the Park.

My personal recommendations: 

Do not miss the enchanting water games (only between May and September).

How getting there: 

By hydrofoil when the sea is calm. Embarkation takes place in front the Hermitage with a departure every 30 minutes from 10:00am May-September. Back boarding is at the end of the Canal, last departure at 18:00pm. The journey lasts approximately 30 minutes. Price: 800rbs = €20; 1/2 price children.

By bus: minibus 404 front of the station of the Baltic Sea (Metro Baltiskaïa), duration 50 minutes. Price: 30 rbs.

A tip to eat: 

Multiple cafeterias across the domain to pause.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Park hours: 9 am - 8 pm

Fountains work from 11 a.m. to 5: 00 pm, from May to early October.

Grand Palace: 10.30am - 18.00pm from May to September, from 10.30am to 17.00pm from October to April. Closed on Mondays and the last Tuesday of the month. Hourly slices reserved for groups and others to individual visitors.

Queuing is usually very long. Some tourists deliberately leave aside the Grand Palace and just visit some pavilions, museums and gardens (essential).

Monplaisir: 10.30am-17.00pm: from May to September.
Marly and cottage: 10.30am-17.00pm: from May to September, and October to April, only Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit duration: 

If tou don't hurry, it takes one day to see everything.

Entry fees: 

Take a ticket for the domain, and a ticket for each of the Palaces.

Park: 300 rbs. Free admission on October 11.

Grand Palace: 400 rbs
Marly, Monplaisir: 140 rbs
Cottage: 230 rbs