City Environs, Saint Petersburg
Tsarskoye Selo (Russian: Ца́рское Село́; meaning "Tsar's Village") is the town containing a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting nobility. All that complex is located about 24 km (15 mi) south from the center of St. Petersburg. Now is part of the town of Pushkin and of the World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.
At the moment of my visiting regular fee was 100 R.ruble. I pay 50 with ISIC discount.
Another thing is wedding in the park so all buildings was close for visitors. However, on lake was XII worlds and XI European championship in formula future. It was first time that I see this interesting motor-boat and I pay full attention. It was great day!
This wall mosaic depicting a man holding a scroll is on a building being demolished. At the moment i don't know if the mosaic is being saved but the rest of the building was well on the way to being knocked down. it will be a shame if this goes the same way and isnt saved.
Soviet city-planners were given free rein between the metro stops of Narvskaya and Avtovo in the city’s South-West. While not very cheery, this area has some fascinating things to see, including a school built in the shape of a hammer and a sickle (Stachek pr. 5.) There is even a giant mural on the front of Narvskaya metro, which says: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!” What happened, we wonder, to the rest of such images? There are plenty of strange Soviet symbols to decipher on surrounding buildings.
Petergof (Russian: Петерго́ф) or Peterhof (Dutch/German for "Peter's Court"), known also as Petrodvorets (Russian: Петродворец) from 1944 to 1997, is a municipal town in Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of St. Petersburg. The town itself hosts one of two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University and the Petrodvorets Watch Factory, one of the leading Russian watch manufactures. But its more famous on another thing. A series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great is also situated there. That is reason why Petrodvorets is often call as "Russian Versailles". The palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Situated on southern cost Gulf of Finland Peterhof very popular resort not just for its importance trough history but also because its beautify.
Visit Peterhof and discover fun on royal way!
What I can write about city that erected in mud and swamp on battlefield?!
This City was creation from an idea and vision and then the real material was shaped into the reality. As I big fan of creative and expedition and architecture this City was a real dream come trough. This City was build by same plan over 350 years. Even during mass destruction and ideological clashes it survive and pushed to its invaders to to readjust to its essential. I heard of stories that all what is shines in Saint Petersburg are gold. I would have to say that I think that this City is real treasure.
I'll just briefly look at some interesting places that I visited outside the inner urban core during my first visit to the city:
1. Petergof - famous Imperial summer residences and his numerous fountains settled on Baltic Sea coast;
2. Tsarskoye Selo (today Pushkin) - another famous imperial summer residences with its own lake and other attractions;
3. Pavlovsk - imperial summer residences with beautiful nature.
Petrodvorets –Peterhof was Peter the Great summer Residence, which was his Russian recreation and was actually modeled from the French Versailles. I have been to the French Versailles, I do see the similarity.
Approaching the main palace you will see the Grand Cascade parading of golden sculptures. The large artesian fountain rhythmically squirting haze of water to the canal that leads to the open sea.
Walking the intricate manicure garden you will see well arranges of flower beds, sculptures and fountains, and at the same time when your eyes visualize the palace surrounding there is a feeling of grandeur and elegance.
The inside palace is just breathtaking as the outside with so many collection filled with art galleries, magnificent interior decorations, and luxurious rooms filled with paintings and ornaments.
It was freezing outside when we were there but nice and warm inside. The Palace is a must visit in my opinion.
Open: 10.00 - 17.00
Closed: on MON and on the last TUE of every month
Driving in St. Petersburg looked to be a nightmare to us, but to our Russian driver, he just joined the mad house, cutting people off, beeping hooter, and squeezing tight inbetween cars. I was glad I was in the back seat! Even though it was chaotic, I never once felt scared, or that we were going to crash!
As it turned out, it was about a 30km drive to Peterhof from St. Petersburg.
I enjoyed the drive, as it was away from the city, and we saw many an old Tram, still being used on the tramlines, and we saw people sunbaking anywhere there was some grass to lay on.
Our guide said they do this as soon as they get some good weather, as they don't have many chances in a year!
As we came close to Peterhof, the buildings became nicer and some had some beautiful architecture. Don't miss the Church [previous tip]
I think it took about 3/4hour, soon passed by with new scenery to see!
We are still at our 1st stop, the Old Stock exchange.
This is also where we encounter our first stalls selling souvenirs.
One seller, had just laid a small piece of tarp on the ground, and had a few Russian Hats and scarves for sale.
St. Petersburg is a large, diverse city. Some people call it the Venice of the North, but we thought it is the Apartment Complex of the North as well. Much of it was destroyed in the Second World War 900 day seige, and it seems to have been rebuilt vertically. Given that, it is an enjoyable city in which to photograph since picture opportunities can be found in cityscapes.
Peter the Great had this incredibly beautiful place built as a summer residence for the royal family and wanted it to be like Versailles but just a little bit more. There are many palaces and hundreds of fountains. This time, we only walked in the gardens and plan to go inside the grand palace another trip. Queing to go inside would have taken at least an hour and there's so much to see outside. There is an ongoing restoration process and, each year, some new fountains are ready to be opened.
The inventor's of Peter's walking tour in St. Petersburg have started the first bicylce tours in 2007.
Meet at 7 Goncharnaya St. at the bicylce shop Skat Prokat at 10:30 am. Sunday morning only.
Watch the website for any schedule changes.
No advance reservations are needed, just show up.
During White Nights of June-July there are night rides for groups of 8 or more requiring reservations.
800 rubles includes 3.5 hour ride and bicycle 24 hour bicycle rental.
Sights along the way:
The Smolny Institute and Cathedral
Tavrichesky Palace and Gardens
The Aurora cruiser
Church on the Spilled Blood
St Isaac’s Cathedral
Neighborhoods associated with great writers and composers, Dostoevsky town, St Isaac's Cathedral.
These names all point to the same place. Really it depends on which book you read or who you speak to.
Peterhof is located about 30km from the centre of St Petersburg and lies on the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Geat chose this spot to build a vast Palace for himslef. In many guidebooks it is often referred to as the Russian equivalent of 'Versailles'. It has superb grounds and amazing fountains.
We actually arrived at the palace on the day that the fountains that were switched on. The place really was overcrowded but it still didn't manage to detract from the beauty of the place.
The main fountain is known as The Grand Cascade. It's main feature is the statue of Samson holding open the lion's mouth. The fountains are usually open from 11am to 5pm. On opening day way saw some of the ballet dancers from the Marinsky Theatre performing.
There are over 140 fountains to wander around. You have to be careful because some of them will squirt unsuspecting people.
The Palace actually had huge queues while we were there and was actually sold out by the time we managed to get anywhere near the front of the queue. The exterior was very impressive.
We actually spent a few hours just wandering around the gardens as it was such as lovely day. There are lots of little outbuildings such as Monplaisir, the Hermitage, Marly and the Orangery.
Open: Daily except Monday and the last Tuesday of each month 10.30am-6.00pm.
The focus of the Tsarskoselsky ensemble is Catherine's Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and West-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, weapons, decorative bronze, sculptures, etc. Nowadays, the collection of the museum in Tsarskoye Selo comprises about 20,000 items. During the celebrations of the tercentenary to St.Petersburg, the "Amber Room" was opened after its restoration, one of the official halls in Catherine's Palace.
The Grand Cascade flows spectacularly from beneath the palace towards the Baltic Sea and is one of the largest fountain ensembles in the world. From the Grand Cascade's largest fountain, decorated with a magnificent gold statue of Samson battling with the lion, a channel flows through the park to the pier, where hydrofoils and boats from St. Petersburg dock
Peterhof is an immensely luxurious and beautifully preserved Imperial estate, founded in 1710 by Peter the Great on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea). It combines several ornate palaces, a number of beautifully landscaped parks and a dazzling array of magnificent statues and fountains, lending it the epithet "The Russian Versailles