Peterhof Travel Guide

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Peterhof Things to Do

  • Grand Palace

    The Palace Church was built in 1751 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This Church played a special role in the history of the Russian imperial court. In the summer months, when Peterhof turned into a kind of "countryside capital" of the Russian Empire, the temple became a center of religious life of the country.

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  • Grand Palace Church

    The Palace Church was built in 1751 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This Church played a special role in the history of the Russian imperial court. In the summer months, when Peterhof turned into a kind of "countryside capital" of the Russian Empire, the temple became a center of religious life of the country.

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  • Monplaisir Palace

    The Monplaisir Palace was a favorite palace of Tsar Peter I. He determined the location of the palace, it is located a few steps from the Gulf of Finland. The Palace was built between 1714 and 1723 by architects A.Schluter, I.Braunstein, J.B.Leblon, N.Michetti and the best builders, craftsmen, painters, sculptors, modelers, carvers of the time.You...

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  • Sheaf and Cloche Fountains

    The Monplaisir Palace in the eastern part of the Lower Garden is a favorite child of Peter I. He chose the place for it on the bay, he also gave precise instructions how to arrange a fountain system. According to the detailed descriptions and sketches of Peter I in 1721 the project was established by the architect Niccolo Michetti. The main place...

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  • Catherine Block

    The Catherine Block is a small palace for the court dinners, balls, masquerades, receptions. It was built by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1747-1759 by the order of Empress Elizabeth in the eastern part of the LowerGarden, near the palace of Monplaisir. It got its name in honor of another Empress - Catherine the Great. Hence, on the...

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  • Adam and Eve Fountains

    The two big "stars" are important elements of the original plan of the Lower Gardens. So this is where you will see the oldest fountains of Peterhof "Adam" - in the eastern part of the garden, and "Eve" – in the western part of the garden. Sculpture "Adam" and steam room for her "Eve" – are the copies of the famous works of A.Rizzi, and still adorn...

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  • Trick Fountains

    Trick Fountains are still the most favorite "fun" for visitors of the Lower Gardens. The earliest of them - two modest white benches are located close to the Monplezir Palace. They were built from drawings by Peter I and were tested as early as 1723. Once ladies and gentlemen went out into the garden freshen up, but when they approach the bench, as...

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  • Hermitage Pavilion

    The Hermitage Pavilion was built on the shores of the Gulf of Finland by the architect Johann Braunstein in 1721-1725. The idea of its creation came to Peter I in East Prussia, where he had seen such a pavilion. Peterhof Hermitage is the first pavilion of its type in Russia. Its name, which in French means "place of solitude", explains the...

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  • Marly Palace

    The Marley Palace was built in 1720-1723 by architect I.Braunstein. It got its name from the residence of the French king Louis XIV “Marly-le-Roi” which Peter I visited in 1717.Marley Palace is on an artificial bridge between the thumb Marly Pond and sectoral ponds. An artificial pond in front of the palace, like a huge mirror, creates the...

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  • Golden Hill Cascade

    An extraordinarily spectacular cascade "Golden Hill" is located in the western part of the park near the palace "Marley" 14-meter staircase with a statue of Neptune on the top of the wall was designed by the architect Niccolo Michetti for Peter I. The architect M.Zemtsov in 1732 completed the construction of the cascade. He added sculptures on the...

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  • Pavilion with Lions

    "Hermitage cascade" corresponding to the pavilion Hermitage, was conceived as early as 1720, but built in only at the end of the XVIII century by the architect A.Voronikhin.In 1854-1855 under the project of A.Shtakenshneder it was reconstructed. He saved from the old structures sculptures of lions guard and gave the cascade of a new name -...

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  • Lower Garden Ponds

    The dominant natural feature of Peterhof is a sixteen-metre-high bluff lying less than a hundred metres from the shore. The so-called Lower Gardens (Nizhny Sad), at about 1 km² 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...

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  • Nymph and Danaid Fountains

    Nymph and Danaid Fountains or Marble benches are located at the far northwest and northeast corners of the flower beds in front of the Grand Palace. They are semicircular benches made of white marble, made in 1853-1856 under the project of A.Shtakenshnejder in Pompeian style. Behind them on the high cylindrical pedestals architect placed two small...

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  • Bowl Fountains

    The twin fountains "Bowl" are installed in the large flower beds on the ground at the Grand Palace. The pipes for the fountain in the center of the western flower garden and the pool equipment were made by Italians, brothers Baratini. East Fountain was built by frenchman P. Sualemom. Therefore, these twin fountains became known as the "French"...

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  • Lower Garden Grand Canal

    The history of Peterhof begins back in 1705, when travelling chambers were built for Peter the Great on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Soon, not far from this place, work began on the creation of a new imperial residence, which, Peter determined, would one day outshine all the other royal palaces of Europe. The tsar deliberately built...

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Peterhof Restaurants

  • At the Gulf of Finland

    This is a tent cafe at the coast of the Finland Gulf just at the pier. You may have a lunch at reasonable price. For example Russian borsch, bliny with salmon and klukva mors cost about 400 roubles ($8).

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  • 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

  • How to get to Peterhof by Hydrofoil

    Taking hydrofoils "Meteor" and "Voskhod" - is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to Peterhof without traffic jams and queues.From St. Petersburg to PeterhofDaily from 10:00 to 18:00Departure Meteors every 30 minutesAt 10:00 a special trip to the gala launch of fountainsPiers departure Meteors from St. PetersburgAdmiralty Embankment. 2From...

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  • How to get to Peterhof by marshrutka

    The State Peterhof Museum Reserve is located at 2 Razvodnaya StreetYou can travel to the museum by public transport:Bus From Metro “Avtovo” : Buses 200, 210. Minibus (Marshrutka) From Metro “Avtovo” : Minibuses 224, 300, 424, 424-A.From Metro “Leninskiy Prospekt” :Minibuses 103 (K-224), 420.From Metro“Prospekt Veteranov” : Minibuses 343, 639 –áþ...

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  • 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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Peterhof Local Customs

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    Protecting the Floors

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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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

  • Photographing is prohibited

    Unfortunately photographing and video taking in all the museums of "Peterhof" is prohibited (due to the special status of the Museum-Reserve "Peterhof", included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and to the State of the most valuable objects of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation).But you can take photos and videos in the...

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  • 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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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

  • Peter and Paul Cathedral

    The Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul located in the New Peterhof Palace, on the banks of the pond of Holguin, at the St. Petersburg Prospekt near the Palace and Park Ensemble "Peterhof". It was built in 1895-1905. I put this review in the Off the Beaten Pathes option because this beautiful Church is at the distance from the Palace and only a...

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  • Peter and Paul’s Cathedral

    The Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul located in the New Peterhof Palace, on the banks of the pond of Holguin, at the St. Petersburg Prospekt near the Palace and Park Ensemble "Peterhof". It was built in 1895-1905. I put this review in the Off the Beaten Pathes option because this beautiful Church is at the distance from the Palace and only a...

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  • 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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Peterhof Favorites

  • Among Seven Wonders of Russia

    When visiting Saint Petersburg don’t miss an opportunity to see Peterhof. The Peterhof Museum Complex is rightfully regarded as the "capital of fountains." Included in the state register of most valuable cultural objects of the Russian Federation, Peterhof now bears the proud title of one of the "Seven Wonders of Russia."It has several dozens of...

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  • Gulf of Finland in Peterhof

    The Gulf of Finland is the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea. It extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to Saint Petersburg, where the river Neva drains into it. Russia reclaimed the eastern part of the gulf as a result of the victory in the Great Northern War (1700–1721). In 1710 the city of Petergof was...

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  • Visiting Peterhof many times

    I visited Peterhof many times. For the first time it happened in summer of 1968 when we travelled with my father around Pribaltika by our car and came to Leningrad (St Petersburg) to see my mother who rested in the Holiday Inn there. We made a day trip to Petergof together. I was a 14-years youth then.For the second time it happened in winter of...

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