Peterhof Grand Palace, Peterhof

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Once the summer residence of Russian monarchs, Peterhof 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 to visit Peterhof Grand Palace and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended St. Petersburg attractions using our St. Petersburg online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Peterhof is a little removed from the Centre of Petersburgo, we chose to take a taxi and return us by boat and leave you opposite the Hermitage. The gardens are spectacular, wonderful fountains and the Palace is worth much. If you go in summer to enter rows are very long, I recommend you to buy tickets online. In autumn the color is different there are fewer tourists, but you won't save the tour of Chinese appearing everywhere, always disrespectful.
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  • We were already against 9.30 there, so 1 whole hour before opening. 8 Asian groups were present, who strolled through the garden, while the guide have ever put on. We had the luck Lords to let us in to get that in. So far so good, only we all had made the Bill without the Russian guides, that compete in the series to that welcome little Sage. You amass for, pöbelten against all tourist and drove out the elbows to talk their language with the staff. We even asked politely, why this entire guide then not, would have to face on like everyone else. Unfortunately, since none of the Peterhof staff English said a Word, we were ignored. When we finally (20 min after actual opening) were in, we, thought the tickets finally get - Pandey. Again quite a few Russian guides to push forward with success, since they came loud screaming shouted from behind. It went so far that mothers were pushed with children to get to the switch. It was actually only a ticket open switch. The whole visit of the Palace was a cruel experience, unfortunately... Because as we rooms came, we had to find in the first, that all Chinese were the pictures/videos made of everything and everyone. Has can not be seen partially paintings, because so many Smartphones gen paintings were stretched. This was pushed and gedrängelt, that on a stay was not to think. We went fast (nothing else was left) through the halls to this nightmare to escape. Finally out there we could not - believe our eyes everywhere Chinese travel groups. MADNESS! Thousands stood in the 150 metre long snake. On a day of the week (what's here on the weekend?). The incompetent staff and the many eager tourists crushed unfortunately this experience for us, also because it pays so much entry. I would advise anyone who asks me, the Peterhof. I want to make it clear here that the assessment should go not towards the racist against Chinese, but 100% corresponds to the experienced events.
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  • You must get here early. It opens at 10.30 but we arrived at 10 and the que was very long. Also there was a problem with groups skipping the que and there was no control over this. Once you get inside...  more »
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