Full sightseeing tour of Peterhof

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Zhebiton on December 12, 2010

Nostalgic trip on a commuter train along with the summer residents and grandmothers selling crosswords, then ten minutes by bus - and here he is, the Russian Versailles. However, Peter the Great was still outperform in terms of the Versailles fountains, at least. Compared with the fountains of Peterhof fountains of Versailles are pretty boring. Full sightseeing tour of Peterhof requires a minimum of 2-3 days, but if we look only to the palace and a park with fountains, rather than one day. In addition to the palace there are also all sorts of museums, business wit organizers who must pay tribute, but to watch all of this is impossible and too expensive. Over the entrance to every such institution are charged separately. Before the trip I was trying to find out whether you can buy a single integrated ticket for foreigners, even called them - were told that there is, and the official site too, so it is written, but at the last moment it turned out that at this time it did not sell. Would otherwise have to pay a hundred rubles instead of, say, five hundred. And so in several places at a time. In addition there are specialist museums, or in one of which I did not go as a museum, playing cards, the Imperial Museum Bicycle Museum of the Imperial yacht, and miscellaneous and other funds to pull another steward to the public. With all due respect, all these bikes with yachts and a diamond aces can be combined into a single museum, but that is not profitable ... In each of them charge a fee at retail. The same applies to several small palaces in the park, in addition to the Grand Palace.

Park is divided into two parts: the upper and lower. Divides them, in fact, the palace itself. The upper part is adjacent to the palace from the south, closer to the city, and it is more quiet. The lower part, the one where all the most famous fountains, located between the palace and the Gulf. It is because of this lower, that is, there must come down "the hill", allows the fountains operate without the use of special equipment, just as was done in the time of Peter the Great. The water just goes down from the upper reservoirs.

Fountain of Neptune, was created in Germany and was designed initially for Nuremberg, but for technical reasons it has not worked: the flow of water there was not strong enough. Paul first bought this fountain there and set in Peterhof. During the war, the Nazis took him back to Germany after the war he was again brought to Peterhof.

Palace ends with the two ends of the high wings, one of which is "under the cross," the second "under the emblem." The first in the photo, a second similar, only the top placed two-headed eagle.

We get down in the lower park, which is much larger and in which dozens of fountains.

The highest and most famous of all the fountains of the Grand Cascade - Samson tearing the lion's mouth, mounted in honor of the 25 th anniversary of Russia's victory over Sweden in the Battle of Poltava. Day of the battle coincided with the Orthodox saint's day Samsonov, so, in fact, was chosen as this statue, although originally planned to Hercules. Genuine statue, alas, was either stolen, or sawn by the Nazis during World War II, so it's post-war copy. The height of the water jet - more than 20 meters.

Cascade stage decorated with statues of heroes of ancient myths. Under ladders are caves in which you can go with an organized tour (not to wander far and should not drown, I suppose)

Go ahead through the park. Modest palace of Peter the First "Mon Plaisir". Inside survived some personal belongings of Peter, and he gathered a collection of paintings - Russia's first collection of paintings by European artists.
The rooms inside the "Monplaisir. In contrast to the large palace, the pictures are not forbidden, but my aunt asked for protection in small rooms do not stop, and pass-dimensional communist march. There they have just such a crowd that I'm crazy, if a second late. Military logic tetenek-guards and tour guides in St. Petersburg's cultural institutions defies rational explanation.

Cascade Chess Mountain, also known as "cascade of Dragons", named after the colorful dragons in its upper part. Unfortunately, you need a very good bounce or break one's neck to see these dragons near.

Pavilion of the Orangerie, preceded by a fountain of Triton, the younger brother of Samson. " Triton is also someone breaks and also to commemorate the victory over Sweden. Actually, in general, Peterhof was built to commemorate the victory over Sweden and as a consequence of this victory, because it is Russia after it gained access to the Baltic Sea.
Peterhof Palace and Gardens
St. Petersburg, Russia


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