Raketa Petrodvorets Watch Factory
This watch factory produces some of Russia's finest timepieces and can be visited on a fascinating guided tour.
The Upper Garden is the charming formal garden that leads to the Grand Palace's southern front.
The centre of Peterhof Town has plenty of sights. In front of the Grand Palace is the beautiful Upper Garden , which backs onto the...
This café in the charming orangery is an elegant choice for lunch. It gets busy at lunchtime, so you may have to queue for a spot. The...
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It’s a tough call, but the gilded fountains and gardens of Petrodvorets give it a slight edge over St Petersburg’s other suburban palace. Hugging the Gulf of Finland, 29km west of St Petersburg, this ‘Russian Versailles’ is a far cry from the original cabin Peter the Great had built here to oversee construction of the Kronshtadt naval base.
He liked the place so much he built a villa, Monplaisir, and then a whole series of palaces across an estate originally called Peterhof (pronounced Petergof), which has been called Petrodvorets (Peter’s Palace) since 1944. All are surrounded by leafy gardens and a spectacular ensemble of gravity-powered fountains.
The Grand Cascade and Water Avenue is a symphony of fountains and canals partly engineered by Peter himself. In the Grand Palace, the pendulous chandeliers and paintings are originals. Peter's original villa, Monplaisir, has bright and airy galleries facing the sea - it's easy to see why it was his favourite place to doss. The gardens are dotted with the ubiquitous fountains, charming pavilions, and summer houses, including the ultimate in private dining rooms, the self-contained and moated Hermitage. The whole complex was heavily bombed by both sides in WWII; what you see today is largely a reconstruction from photographs, drawings and anecdotes.