Grand Peterhof Palace

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Grand Peterhof Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Once a formal garden built for Peter the Great, this popular park still has more than 80 of the original marble statues and sculptures and houses Peter's Summer Palace, a simply designed two-story building that now displays many of the ruler's own artifacts.
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2-3 hours
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CAPerth
Perth227 contributions
Jun 2019
We visited Peterhof with our private guide Nina from Tzarina Tours, who arranged the early entry, although there was still a little queuing. We went by car and stopped at the Narva Triumphal Arch on the way and then returned via the Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt before returning to our apartment in SPB. We also stopped for a few photos at the Lakhta Center, an 87-story skyscraper recently built in SPB, on the return journey - the advantages of a private guide.
The palace is as opulent as ever and meets all expectations but if you visit all of the available palaces (we only did the three main ones in SPB) there is a bit of a sameness about them other than colour schemes. As we had plenty of time, we also visited an amazing little baroque church (the Court Church I think) which forms part of the palace complex, but is additional (500 RUB per person I think) to the standard entry ticket. This church is only a couple of rooms but is absolutely covered in gold leaf. And probably due to the extra cost, there were very few other visitors there so plenty of photo opportunities. We also had an extended tour of the gardens but apart from the main fountains, these are not so great.
Written May 26, 2020
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Rashid3000
Faisalabad, Pakistan79 contributions
Jun 2021
The majestic palace is part of the town of Petergof, which is about an hour’s drive from the city center. Visitors love the daily turning-on of the Grand Cascade fountain, which sees water shoot out of a golden sculpture and pour down the hillside in time to classical music.

The entry ticket to this palace was 2000 Rubles. It is advised to stay at least half a day there. However, you can spend your full day here. You can walk along the canal to the last point where it meets with the Gulf of Finland.
Written January 14, 2022
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
Oct 2019
It is recommended to arrive as soon as possible in the morning as there are long queues of tourists.
Another recommendation is to book tickets in advance or take an attached guide or join a group.
We (2 couples) were on a private trip with a (wonderful) guide, so we did not waste unnecessary time on the queues. We arrived and immediately entered the palace.
The palace contains many dozens of rooms and halls and ballroom, bedrooms, guest rooms, guest room for dining, small rooms with exhibits of various arts from around the world: Japan, Islam Central Asia, private room of Peter the Great and his personal collections, collections of pictures, sculptures, amazing furniture, watches and many wonderful accessories. Murals and frescoes everywhere including on the ceilings. “Really amazing”.
After finishing the “Palace Tour” we continued towers the “Gardens Tour” with the pools and waterfalls which are studded with an amazing abundance of “GOLD” Sculptures, spectacular fountains and a “HUGE” variety of flower gardens, groves, and forests.
A stunning place “NOT 2 B MISSED”, Especially if you are traveling with children.
Written September 27, 2020
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milespointstravelkom
Redlands, CA1,252 contributions
May 2019
This was our last day in St. Petersburg and the only attraction on the itinerary was Peterhof Palace. There are many ways to reach Peterhof from St. Petersburg but the quickest and most convenient (and pricy) is the hydrofoil trip to Peterhof. There are various companies providing this service and we used AstraMarine company that operates the Peterhof Express departing from Admiralty embankment, 2 (“Pier with lions”).

On our way to Peterhof Palace we passed by Lakhta center, the tallest building of Europe.

Entrance tickets to Peterhof Palace is 1000 Rubles/person. We were only planning to see the lower gardens and Grand Cascade.

The Grand Cascade is one of the most amazing pieces of architecture I have seen. Words cant describe the beauty and grandeur of this.

After spending about 3 hours in the lower gardens we walked back to the pier to take the hydrofoil back to St. Petersburg.

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Written February 29, 2020
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Anthony C
Newbridge, Ireland90 contributions
Sep 2020
What a stunning place to visit. the opulence of the place is amazing, the gold glistens in the sun. the waterfalls and fountains are amazing. the whole experience is just out of this world and such a historical place.

Queues can be massive, up to 4 hours long at times so try get there as early as possible to avoid them if you can. hire a guide too, well worth it.

We did as many of the rooms as was possible in the time we had, but we had an exceptionally good guide who was able to get us around the palace very quickly and without too much queuing
Written June 28, 2021
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Julia S
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK418 contributions
Mar 2020
It is quite a trip out of SP to reach the Palace but it is worth it. An organised trip only touches the surface but if you are on a time limited schedule you will see the main attractions. We were able to see the Palace in great detail as we visited just before the full lockdown worldwide. Having a private Guide was very helpful as she was able to explain both the history of the building and the renovations after WW2. The beauty was enhanced for us as most rooms were devoid of other visitors, the sun shone through the windows bouncing the light of the gold leaf. Grounds were extensive to walk around.
Written April 30, 2020
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CatalinaR
Turin, Italy119 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Really a beautiful place inside. Such a beautuful design and very well kept and decorated. But we went in December. There was no snow and the fountains were not working. You will not get to enjoy the beautiful gardens and for me personally the main building is rather small (considering you have to go 1 h away from St Petersbourg). I feel if you have just a little bit if time in St. Petersburg in the winter time, as long as you see the Hermitage, you can skip this. But if it is summer, this is a MUST!
Written January 1, 2020
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Kristy M
Kitchener, Canada154 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
The palace gardens were absolutely stunning! The care taken with every inch was just incredible (and actually really sad, considering the situation of the people at the time they were created). But for now, as a tourist destination, they really are the most lush, well-kept and creative gardens I've ever seen. The Palace too is beautiful, and sits grandly atop the hill overlooking the waterfalls. Tourists are able to walk through all the gardens, and all around the Palace courtyards. It was really nice to get so close up. It was a really beautiful tour and a lovely way to spend a sunny morning strolling through beauty.
Written July 31, 2020
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159richard1975
Chicago, IL8 contributions
Jun 2019
We went to Peterhof on a sunny summer day during the white nights season. By shuttle bus from Avtovo metro station you can reach the entrance to the upper park of the palace. Number of minibuses - 224, 424 and 300. Where to go, it is better to ask. Peterhof is not the last stop. In the upper park you can walk for free. To get to the palace and the fountains of the lower park - you need to buy tickets. A ticket to the park and a ticket to the palace - separately
Written May 5, 2020
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Anthony C
Newbridge, Ireland82 contributions
Aug 2019
what a stunning place to visit. the opulence of the place is amazing, the good glistens in the sun. the waterfalls and fountains are amazing. the whole experience is just out of the world and such a historical place.

Queues can be massive, up to 4 hours long at times so try get there as early as possible to avoid them if you can. hire a guide too, well worth it.
Written February 8, 2020
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