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very very impressive place
In a nutshell
a must see if you are in Peterburg
This palace and grounds is an absolutely wonderful place to be on a nice summers day. Fountains and statues abound, and the gardens are great. The architechture itself is something to come for too.
Just an absolutely awesome place.
Written Jan 6, 2006
Although Peterhof is the main attraction in town, don't miss this cathedral. It's on the way to the park from the train station.
Written Dec 28, 2005
The main site in Petrodvorets is, obviously, the Petergof summer palace of the royal family. (They owned a vast Winter Palace in Peterburg, and a couple of other ones near it in addition to this one, one in Kiev, at least two in Moscow, and probably more...)
The place was built in XVIII century by the court architect Rastrelli. The centerpiece is the vast fountain complex with golden statue of Neptune in its center. The gold contrasts with the rustic stones of the grotto behind it, and makes the whole thing look as tasteful as a baroque fountain could ever be. Inside you can see the collection of the period art and home furnishings; that is, if you will be able to get through the hordes of tourists. The park is much more peaceful though.
The whole place was rebuilt from ground up after it was burned down during WW II.
Written Oct 17, 2005
There is a small but informative naval museum in an historic building located next to the coast of the Finnish Gulf. It is focused on personal boats used by Russian emperors, full of models, engravings, even dining china sets.
Written Sep 28, 2005
There are many impersonators dressed in fancy, imperial dresses around Peterhof. They will try to convince you to take a picture with them by your side. Watch out- you might get a nice picture, but it won't be cheap. And once the photographer has taken the first picture, he'll try to snap a few more right away- you'll have to pay for each one he takes.
Unique Suggestions: Always ask how much would it be, and if you accept, make clear you just want one pic.
Updated Sep 3, 2004
If you are in the area, be sure to see the beautiful cathedral located in the town, as well as the newly rebuilt Konstantinovsky palace, which is the President's residence during his visits to Peterburg.
Written Oct 17, 2005