Peterhof Travel Guide

  • Peterhof in June of 2014
    Peterhof in June of 2014
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  • Menager Fountain in Peterhof
    Menager Fountain in Peterhof
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    Upper Palace at Peterhof
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Peterhof Things to Do

  • Fountains

    After lunch my granddaughter went walking around the gardens with the guide to see the fountains and statues. I just slowly made my way up to the Grand Palace to meet them where the driver was to pick us up. I did see some of the Grand Cascade, the most famous ensemble of fountains, which runs from the northern facade of the Grand Palace to the...

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  • Gardens of Peter's Palace

    The first areas of land to be developed at Peterhof were the formal gardens around Monplaisir, part of the Lower Park. The Garden of Bacchus was also begun during Peter's reign, although additions were made to its statuary and fountains throughout the 18th century. The statue of Neptune was one of the first ones we saw after we got off the...

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  • The Russian Versailles

    After lunch, I made my way up to the upper palace and waited for the guide and my granddaughter. The long, narrow palace has minimal decoration. with two white pavilions with gilded cupolas at the end of the wings. But it is still impressive from the outsideWhen we were here, we did not go inside of the Higher Palace which was (like many palaces in...

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  • Peter's the Great's Little Palace

    The only palace that we toured at Peterhof was Monplaisir. which the guide told us was the favorite residence of Peter the Great. She said that the Peter and Catherine would come out here to relax by themselves with just some close friends - without a lot of servants. She even did the cooking. When we got to Monplaisir itself, we put on the booties...

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  • Trick Fountains

    The Lower gardens are between the shore and the Palace. These gardens have a lot of beautiful vistas, and some trick fountains. My granddaughter gave me her camera and went to activate one of the trick fountains - there was a bench there and if you walked up to sit on the bench, water would spray up your back. But I couldn't get the camera to work...

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  • Fountains all over the park

    Peterhof ticket for the park and fountains only cost 400 rubles (october 2011)Chessboard fountain with musicians.Water is running by gravity from the hill, there was no pump at the time of the construction; a real technology success.

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  • Fountains in Peterhof

    The Lower Gardens (Nizhny Sad), at 1.02 sq km comprising the better part of Peterhof's land area, are confined between this bluff and the shore, stretching east and west for roughly 200 metres. The majority of Peterhof's fountains are contained here, as are several small palaces and outbuildings. Atop the bluff, near the middle of the Lower...

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  • Visiting the Fountains

    I remember visiting numerous fountains in the area of Lower Park, especially the Pyramid Fountain.There are splendid fountains in the Great Cascade.

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  • Museum Halls

    The Grand Palace of Peterhof includes a lot of museum halls and historic places , among them:- the main staircase;- exhibition rooms;- the Blue Reception Room;- Chesma Room;- The Throne Room;- The Audience Chamber;- The White Dining Hall;- The Dish Heating Room;- The Buffet Room;- The Western Chinese Study;- The Picture Hall;- The Eastern Chinese...

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  • Peterhof Lighthouse on the waterfront

    We saw this lighthouse as we got off the hydrofoil. It is on the south side of Neva Bay on the palace waterfron. It is an approximately 33 ft round cylindrical white tower with lantern, gallery, and skeletal braces on the seaward side. The llantern and watch room red, and there is red vertical range stripe

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  • See the "Russian Versailles" and more at...

    I first heard about the Peterhof Fountains after I booked my trip to St. Petersburg. It has been known as the Russian Versailles – and I love Versailles!And when you see the fountains for the first time, you are just in awe about how opulent they lived in the past. The Grand Cascade Fountains are just amazing with their golden statues – the water...

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  • Appreciate Peterhof castle before the...

    When I first went to Peterhof, I was so intent on seeing the fountains, but my guide assured me there was enough time to roam around later and that I had to appreciate the castle itself first.She was right.There are about thirty rooms in this narrow palace which has some French interior design. It is adorned by paintings like Battle of Chesma, a...

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  • Get wet in the playful fountains of...

    When you walk the grounds of Peterhof Castle, you will find several fountains giving you the opportunity to get wet ---- it's a sort of Wet and Wild from the times of Czars and Palaces...I was walking and saw a group of Japanese tourists huddling together at a certain fountain -- one of their members was covering herself with her kacket as she...

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  • The Great Cascade

    This is probably the most stunning and beautiful part of the whole of the Peterhof palace and grounds and it is worth going just to see this sight. The Great cascade with its beautiful fountains flowing and the grand palace at the top.

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  • The gardens or park of peterhof

    The Grounds that surround Peterhof are just as if not more beautiful the Grand Palace itself. On a nice day you could spend hours just walking around these beautiful grounds. There are many beautiful flowers, waterfalls and statues to be seen. A word of advice watch were you step as Peter the Great was a Practical joker and there are a couple of...

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Peterhof Restaurants

  • Peterhof

    It took me quite awhile to figure out what this place was called. I think it is this place - this is what the website says:At the center of Nyzhniy park the "Standart" restaurant, surrounded by fountains(photo 5), is located. Earlier at this site there was the Illumination Yard, served for storage of pyrotechnic equipment, and also "A launch...

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  • Beautiful food

    The restraunt/cafe in the Gardens at Peterhof is lovely and they were very efficient and nothing was to much trouble for them. The waiter although very young were very good at their jobs they spoke little English and I dont speak Russian but this was not a problem but be patient and remember your in their country so if anything you should speak...

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Peterhof Transportation

  • Hydrofoil

    Probably the best way to visit Peterhof is to take a hydrofoil across the Gulf of Finland to the jetty at the end of the Marine Canal. Three companies run regular hydrofoil services through the summer months from the Hermitage jetty, Angliskaya Naberezhnaya next to the Senate Building, and Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya next to the Academy of...

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  • Hire a Guide

    We hired a guide for one of the 3 days spent in St. Petersberg. It's not the cheapest way to go but if you have limited time, it may be the best option. This was pre-arranged before leaving the states and included our guide, a van, driver and a custom tour. It was definitely our best day and we never could have seen so many sights on our own.We...

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  • Hydrofoil Tickets

    Tickets can be purchased at this moored station, in front of the Hermitage. It's very easy to find and boats run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. When we asked what time the last boat would be returning, we were given a vague "5 maybe, 5:30 maybe" answer, which meant we had to cut short the visit in order to ensure that we weren't stranded. This mode...

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Peterhof Local Customs

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    This tip applies to many Russian museums and estates ~ you'll be instructed to wear little booties (tapochkis) over your shoes, in order to save the floors from damage.

    Be careful when you're taking them off and returning them at the end of your visit, deposting them into the wrong box (clean vs. used) can merit a few stern words from the ladies looking after this area.

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Peterhof Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning - pickpockets

    When you travelling in Russia, i think you often listening the warnings about pickpockets.In Peterhof our guide give the warning about pickpockets at the tricky fountains.They using situation, when the tourists are looking with fascinated the fountains.Usually there are lot of people together and you don't detect the time, when you purse was...

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  • Scenery en route to Peterhof

    Not too dire a warning here, just a note that the scenery on the approach to Peterhof isn't really very spectacular. The wind blows quite hard due to the speed of the Hydrofoil, so it's difficult to really enjoy what you do pass. If you enjoy boating and waterways, be sure to do a tour of the canals of St. Petersburg. . .they're much prettier and...

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  • Trick Fountains

    It's worth noting that there's a decidedly playful side to the fountains and grounds ~ a few "trick" fountains have been designed to spray people who step too close. . .and placed in different areas of the park. :-)

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Peterhof Tourist Traps

  • Photograph with 18th century costume...

    As you stroll along the Water Avenue to admire the fountains, you will chance upon a man and lady dressed resplendently in 18th century costumes. You will be tempted to take a photograph with them for 60 roubles using your own camera. That was what I thought - 60 roubles for a photograph and so I agreed. However, after the first photograph, the...

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  • Peterhof Arrival

    Two different guidebooks indicated that the hydrofoil trip to Peterhof was spectacular. . .that the estate would be revealed as you approached, much in the same way that it would have been to sea-bound travelers of the time. Sufficed to say, we were disappointed in the view, pictured here. The Hydrofoil is neither cheap, nor convenient in its...

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Peterhof Off The Beaten Path

  • Arrive on time to catch the nice musique

    We arrived just on time for a nice concert which made a wonderfull impression with the running fountain.It was one of the last time the fountain were opened before the long winter time.The château Mon Plaisir was one of the first constructions on the site.

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  • Nearby church

    Visitors to Russia quickly learn that the churches have a captivating look to them. Colorful onion domes are a trademark around here. As we were departing from Peterhof on the main road back to St. Petersburg, I saw this church. It was so interesting, that I asked our driver to pull over so that I could get a photo. So far, I have not learned which...

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  • Peter & Paul Cathedral

    This 5-domed church is across the road and just east of the Peterhof Palace. It was built in 1905 in the neo-Russian style and is constructed of brick. It is one of the few cathedrals that survived the war. The exterior is lovely and worth a photo stop, but the interior is rather plain.Address: 32, Peterburgsky pr. Peterhof St. Petersburg 198903

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Peterhof Favorites

  • City of Fountains and Museums

    This is how Peterhof is often called. I still keep the book I bought there. It is a book about Peterhof in English published in 1978.It's a mine of information about all the sights of Peterhof! visiting the Grand Palace and the fountains

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  • Samson Fountain

    This fountain is the centerpiece of the Grand Cascade. It has the biblical figure Samson prying open the jaws of a beast. This fountain commemorates the Russian victory over Sweden which guaranteed that Russia would have access to the Gulf of Finland and beyond. The fountain can be found just at the head of the Grand Cascade at the very end of the...

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  • Eve Fountain

    Besides the Grand Cascade, there are a variety of fountains spread throughout the gardens of Peterhof. If one should have the fortune to visit the grounds on a nice day (as we had), then this will be a wonderful experience. Several paths lead to various fountains set amidst the pine forests. As with many palaces in Europe, the fountain statues may...

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