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“Peterhof is Magical”

Peterhof Grand Palace
Ranked #1 of 62 things to do in Peterhof
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The best way to visit Peterhof is to take a hydrofoil across the Gulf of Finland to the jetty at the end of the Marine Canal. The pier we used was in front of the Hermitage palace entrance at the river side. The palace is beautiful but the biggest attractions are the gardens and the fountains. The best time to visit Peterhof is of course the summer season, when all the varied buildings in the park are open to visitors and the famous fountains are in operation. We were lucky to find golf cart tour service that we used in order to get a better appreciation of all the area and attractions. The downside of the tour it was that was in Russian. Nevertheless, we saved time and planned our visit in detailed after the overview tour.

Thank GEL2013
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you love sculptured gardens, gold and more gold, then there's nothing here not to like. The palace inside is just a really big plus.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

It is worth taking the hydrofoil boat from Ermitage embankment; +/- 1h. You enjoy a breathtaking view on Gulf of Finland. Then you see a fantastic garden and moreover a palace equivqlent to Versailles or Sans Souci. A lunch at the orangerie will give you some rest before journeying back to St P. If you are lucky your boat will stop at St Isaac, a must see church

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Peterhof is composed by an amazing palace with beautiful gardens and stunning fountains.
It is a breathtaking experience to walk through its gardens and to enjoy the fountains. The palace is also woth visiting.
Nothing approaches Peterhof outside Versailles (in France).

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The gardens and the interior of the Palace were absolutely 'out of this world'. It was utterly breath-taking. I cannot put into words how I felt about this visit. We saw the fountains start at 11.00 am. Unfortunately I had forgotten my camera, but I am taking away so many memories of this incredible spectacle. There is a lot of walking involved so it would be difficult with those with walking difficulties.

Thank Ystrady
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