Kadriorg Palace & Park, Tallinn County
Kadriorg Park is the most noteworthy park in country of Estonia.
It is intended to preserve the look of the natural landscape, meadows and forest groves and paths.
In 1722 soldiers planted 550 trees in the park to promote rapid development of the park
Kadriorg Palace and The Kadriorg Art Museum
Peter I began building the palace in 1718 when it was called Ekaterinenthal in honour of Catherine I of Russia using the architect Italian Niccolo Michetti who designed the famous Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg.
Kadriorg Palace now houses the Estonian Art Museum, containing more than 900 Western European and Russian paintings from 16th to 20th centuries.
The museum also has concerts, theatre performances,receptions and art exhibitions.
Peter I began building the palace in 1718, and it was called Ekaterinenthal, or Catherinenthal, in honour of Catherine I.
The architect of the temporary summer residence palace and park was the Italian Niccolo Michetti, who was later involved with the famous Peterhog Palace. It is said that the tsar himself laid the first foundation stones for the palace.
Currently, the baroque Kadriorg Palace is housing the foreign art collection of the Estonian Art Museum. The collection contains over more than 900 Western European and Russian paintings from 16th to 20th centuries, about 3,500 prints, over 3,000 sculptures and gems, and about 1,600 decorative arts objects (historic furniture, porcelain, glass etc.).
The museum organizes concerts and theatre performances, lectures and receptions, in addition to art exhibitions.
The upper flower garden, behind the palace, has been reconstructed in 18th-century style, and is open to visitors in the summer.
To the east of the city centre is Peter the Great's palace in the Kadriorg Park. He never lived to see his designs implemented, but the Estonian President now resides in a newer building further up the hill.
They are still working on renovating the grounds around the "original" palace, but the walled formal garden at the back of the palace is largely complete. The rest of the park is reminiscient of an English hunting park (like London's Richmond Park), and well worth a visit during the summer.
It is a short walk through the park from here to shore, and then on to the Song Grounds.
When going to see the presidential palace in Kadriorg you will also pass through the magnificent park that the Russian czar Peter I had built for his wife. In the middle of the park there's a pond, called the swans' pond, cause during certain seasons there are many swans and ducks there. It's a popular place among lovers and people with small children, who go there to feed the ducks in the spring and autumn, just walk around and enjoy the colourful flowers in the summer, skate during the winter.... Besides the more orderly park (part of which you can see on the pic) there is also a vast more wild park surrounding the palace. Also a popular place for walks and feeding squirrels and enjoying the peace and quiet under the ancient trees.
The presidential palace is definately a place worth seeing. Situated in a nice park by a "swan pond" it is a really nice neo-classical building, built by the Russian tzar Peter I for a summer palace. The palace also serves as an art museum and it is worth to take a look around. The surrounding park is also very nice and the pond is not called the "swan pond" for nothing... people like going to the park to feed the ducks and swans and just take long laisurely walks.
Visit Kadriorg - the park, built by Russian Tsar Peter the Great for his wife, tsarina Jekaterina (Katarina in Estonian, Kadri for short) in early 1700s.
It is quite big and very quiet, there is an artifical lake with swans, Palace of Jekaterina, Presidential residence, and a lot of trees, green in summer, and beautifully colourful in autumn!