PETERHOF: Grand Palace and Gardens
Unforgettable Tour to the "Russian Versailles" - the Summer Residence of Russian Tsars
Enjoy an exciting a 45-minute ride down the Neva River on a board of a high-speed hydrofoil , to the Grand Palace and Gardens of Peterhof, Petersburg’s amazing Imperial Estate and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located on the sea shore, The Grand Palace and Park Complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful and famous in the World.
The Grand Palace at Peterhof was designed to be the centerpiece of Peter the Great's "Russian Versailles". This Palace, one of the richest and most interesting summer palaces in Russia, is filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors. It sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park, also known as "the kingdom of fountains", adorned with fountains, statues and pavilions. The park's unique fountain system was designed in the 18th century and operated without pumps.
The Upper Garden is a typical French-style formal garden with five fountains including one depicting Neptune, the God of the Sea.
There are three major cascades and over 140 fountains in the park. The most impressive is the Grand Cascade, located directly below the Grand Palace and featuring an impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the mighty jaws of the lion. The park's other cascades feature black and white chess board designs, Chinese dragons and numerous other features are definitely worth seeing!