Summer Garden

sights / Parks & gardens

Summer Garden information

Location
St Petersburg , Russia
Address
nab reki Moyki
Telephone
+7 812 314 0374
Getting there
Metro: Gostiny Dvor
Prices
tours per group R1200
Opening hours
10am-10pm May-Sep, 10am-8pm Oct-Mar, closed Apr.
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Central St Petersburg’s loveliest and oldest park, the Summer Garden can be entered either at the northern Neva or southern Moyka end. Early-18th-century architects designed the garden in a Dutch baroque style, following a geometric plan, with fountains, pavilions and sculptures studding the grounds. The ornate cast-iron fence with the granite posts was a later addition, built between 1771 and 1784.

The gardens functioned as a private retreat for Peter the Great (his modest Summer Palace , currently closed for renovations, is here) before becoming a strolling place for St Petersburg’s 19th-century leisured classes. Only in the 20th century were commoners admitted.

There's a small museum in the garden, devoted to the few archaeological finds discovered during the garden's recent restoration.