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Peterhof
 

   

www.peterhofmuseum.ru
 

   

*For a non-rush, relaxed tour with a short break for lunch it is best to count on at least 6 hrs for the whole tour : from the time the guide picks you up at your hotel or wherever is convenient for you - to the time the guide leaves you safely wherever you choose.*

Located on the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof was the main summer residence built
by Peter the Great between 1709 and 1723. Its greatest feature is 150
stunning water fountains located on the surrounding grounds of 14 parks with
more than 15 museums, most of which are former imperial palaces. The total
area of Peterhof and its surrounding areas with parks and palaces is 2,500
acres or 1,000 hectars. These impressive figures are given here not only to
impress you but also to make you realize that it is not possible to see most
of it during a few hours.
I recommend devoting more time to exploring Peterhof's Lower Park which is a
fantastic place if you need a break from crowded and stuffy museums, the
chaos of the busy SPb streets and the hooting of impatient drivers. There
are fountains everywhere you look, the park is in the French symmetrical
style and it is rightly called the "Russian Versailles".
Please notice that fountains are working from late May to beginning of
October and then they are switched off for the cold season. And the best way
to get to Peterhof is by hydrofoil (i.e. speedboat) which are available only from mid May to first week of October. Boat tickets are from 500 Rbl (one way). Boats leave every 30 minutes and the trip to/from Peterhof takes about 35 to 40 minutes.

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Catherine Palace in Pushkin(Tsarskoye Selo) and Paul's Palace in Pavlovsk.
www.tzar.ruwww.alexanderpalace.org

*It is worthwhile doing both palaces in one day with a short break for lunch. Please count on at least 6 hrs for the whole tour : from the time the guide picks you up at your hotel or wherever is convenient for you - to the time the guide leaves you safely wherever you choose.*

These 2 are very popular destinations for tourists and they are often
mentioned together in guide-books just because they are situated close to
each other, only 5 to 10 minutes drive. Tsarskoye Selo is the original name
of the suburban small town which in Soviet time was re-named after the
greatest Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, but now it is re-named back to
Tsarskoye Selo :-)
Catherine Palace with its legendary Amber Room and the surrounding parks
were created by Elizabeth (Peter's daughter) and the architect Rastrelli
in grand Baroque style and later some of the palace interiors were changed by
Catherine the Great and the architect Charles Cameron to the Classical
style, as well as some new buildings were added to the Palace.
Please notice that Catherine Palace is closed every Tuesday and the last
Monday of every month.
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www.pavlovskmuseum.ru

The fascinating Paul's Palace with its magnificent neo-classical interior is a feast to the eyes. Despite Paul's Palace is smaller than Catherine's Palace, there are more rooms restored after WWII which are available now for the visitors of Paul's Palace.**
The palace is surrounded by a huge quiet and romantic park(1,500 acres) of the so-called English style with tall trees,scattered streams and hills, and endless paths.
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**All of the suburban palaces were greatly damaged by bombardment during
WWII. So you will have the chance to see impressive and very accurate post -WWII
reconstructions.

 

     
   
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This document maintained by Olga Miheyeva. This page was last updated on 27/10/2010