Grand Palace, Peterhof
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Once the summer residence of Russian monarchs, Grand Palace forms part of a sprawling complex of buildings and gardens recognized as a World Heritage Site. Built on the orders of Peter the Great, the 30-room palace underwent a series of renovations under Catherine the Great, who slightly toned down the glittering halls and elaborately decorated chambers. Seriously damaged during World War II, the renovated palace now offers guided tours of its galleries, filled with original art and furniture. The main hall notably houses twelve large paintings depicting scenes from a major naval battle of the Russo-Turkish War. Other highlights include Peter the Great's velvet throne and decorative objects imported from China. Check online for opening hours and guided tour options. Plan your Grand Palace visit and explore what else you can see and do in Peterhof using our Peterhof trip itinerary planner.
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  • This Palace is one hour away from the city center in St. Petersburg, so transportation needs to be planned accordingly. It is a beautiful palace to enjoy either walking in the gardens all the way to t...  more »
  • It's a beautiful walk, one who wants to go a little more, is genial.mlos gardens are wonderful! They are very strict when it comes to touring, with clothing and accessories that we carry, to preserve, both the building as the fountains and gardens
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  • Here, too, we had been during the 3 day tour. Our advantage was certainly the time of year and the weather was there not so much go as determined in the summer. Worth a visit, and when we come in the summer we are determined once again plan a stop to explore the gardens.
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  • Facinating Summer Palace with spectacular Garden. Very huge area. The easiest way to reach by hydrofoil jet which cost Rub 1.300 for return ticket & Rub 750 if buy one way. Take about 30 minutes one way from St Petersburg Pier - infront of Hermitage Palace to Peterhof. The Palace have Spectacular Waterfointain with Samson statue, had schedule for music & water performance. Have several water fountain throught out the park. The Palace is facinating & better come earlier in the morning to avoid the long que. The Palace have different price depand of the part of the Palace.
  • Peter ''The Great" had a great taste and made this Summer Palace the Prime Jewel of his "collection" of beautiful creations. It's a "must visit" location and the most exciting way to come here is by the Hydrofoil (aka Meteor Express) from Admiralty Embankment in St. Petersburg near Hermitage Museum.
  • I have been and seen so many garden and palace around the world but Peterhof is something else. Facing the Baltic sea, this garden smazingly beautiful , tranquil, serene ,and classy. The best garden ever. Love it so much! Arianna-Perth Western Australia.
  • Located some 30 kms from St. Peters, the Peterhof has to be one of the most disappointing attractions I have visited in Russia. First, it must be stated that a visit to the Peterhof is seriously and ridiculously overpriced. As of August 2016, a hydrofoil round trip ticket costs 1300 rubles (discount given to students). After arriving there, all the tourist attractions must be paid, from the park grounds to even the smallest of chapels. And the tickets are not cheap: most cost around 500 rubles, and they can range anywhere from huge palaces to small churches. In short, you can easily spend around 60 euros/dollars checking out some of the park's main attractions. As if having to pay for everything wasnt bad enough, the park's organisation leaves a lot to be desired. One must spend quite a bit of time waiting in disorganised queues, fighting off hordes of tourists who have forgotten even the most basic codes of etiquette and civility. And if it's a sunny day, bring a hat and some sunscreen, since you'll be waiting under the scorching sun. The only reason I have not given this attraction a one star rating was that the park and the palaces were indeed very beautiful. However, there are better places to go and spend your money (such as the lovely village of Pushkin).
  • I loved visiting the parks at Peterhof! The grounds were gorgeous! It was a hot day, but that doesn't stop you, while there are many fountains that you can run through to cool off. Be careful, there's a trick fountain in the large pathway towards Peter I's bathhouses, so watch out! They only turn them on in the afternoon though (and there are signs) There is so much to see while you are there! There are refreshment booths if you get hungry. They are overpriced, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch.