Duration

4,5 hours

Excursion type

Bus

Place of the beginning and the end of an excursion

Nevsky Ave., 35 (Gostiny Dvor), parking of buses opposite to the Perinny Ranks art center

Time of the beginning of an excursion, frequency

Daily at 12:30 and 13:50, except Monday and the last Tuesday of month

What’s included in the price

Transport service, guide service

Language

Russian/English

  • Route: Gostiny Dvor, Peterhof Road, The Upper Park, The Grand Palace, Gostiny Dvor

The splendid Peterhof, «the capital of fountains», «the Russian Versailles» - this picturesque suburb located in 29 km from St. Petersburg has many names. The excursion to Peterhof offers to discover the amazing history of its birth and development, to get to see the halls and apartments of the splendid and luxurious Grand Palace.

On the way to Peterhof

On the way to Peterhof, you will see the mansions of Sheremetev and Dashkova, the Konstantinovsky Palace and the Trinity-Sergiev Monastery. Upon arrival, you will be offered an attraction of no less interest - a walk through the Grand Palace.

It was Versailles that was the prototype for the construction of Peterhof. However, Peterhof managed to surpass its analogue with the splendor of its decoration. Its large-scale hydraulic structures are unparalleled. During the tour, you will learn many other interesting facts and make unexpected discoveries.

Great building

The scope is striking - the facade of the building is nearly 300 meters in length. This magnificent building became the ideological and conceptual core of the entire Palace and Park Complex. The Grand Palace supports the harmony of the Upper Park and the Lower Park, surrounded by systematized rows of alleys and architectural masterpieces.

Heavy fate of the Grand Palace

The path to the magnificent and incredibly elegant image was not easy. The construction of the Palace took a century and a half. Founded by Peter the Great, it was repeatedly modified by subsequent rulers of Russia: Elizabeth Petrovna, Catherine II, Nicholas I. The Palace was ruined during the Great Patriotic War.

The first restored halls were opened to the public only in the mid-1960s. You will see Peterhof with its parks and palaces at their finest. The numerous reconstructions resulted in a mixture of different styles, however, the professionalism of the architects of each of the epochs allowed them to create a truly harmonious ensemble.