Peterhof (Petergof Peterhoff or another spelling; Petrodvorets in Russian, which is known by both names) just 30 km from the city where Tsar Peter the Great made his memorable summer holidays. From the majestic building of the Grand Palace, masterpiece of architect Rastrelli, down a waterfall flanked by dozens of splendid golden statues glistening in the sun, among fountains. A channel these waters carefully collected and delivered to Baltic 500 meters beyond. To get the idea of the grandeur of the place would have to imagine Versailles to the seashore. Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, between quiet forests and exquisite gardens, is the palace of Monplaisir, the favorite pavilion Peter the Great, whose deceptive outer simplicity contrasts with the overflowing wealth treasured inside. Another prominent building within the large complex of Peterhof is the Hermitage Palace, made famous by the mills ready for greater enjoyment of the royal family. Sources of Peterhof are the so-called fun sources (the seat of Peter I, The oak The first steps, Umbrella), ie those that begin to release water when you least expect and soaking unsuspecting. You are always surrounded by people, especially children who love to play with these sources.
Approximate length of the visit – about 5 hours. The trip is done by car to the city of Peterhof. Peterhof Grand Palace is open from 10.30 to 17.00. Closed Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month. In summer visit to the Grand Palace it is done with an advance reservation. The parks are open daily from 09.00 to 20.00. The sources work from 11.00 to 18.00 (Saturdays and Sundays until 19.00), from May to October. The pictures on the Great Peterhof Palace are prohibited only from outside.