Not all those who wander are lost.J.R.R. Tolkien
Arriving in Saint Petersburg (Read More) after a long flight gives you a quick whiff that the city is a true mixture of Russia and Europe. This city build by Peter the Great sits just across the Baltic Sea and a stone’s throw from Finland.
The airport is a 40 mins drive from the City centre and would recommend booking a reliable taxi beforehand. Usually the driver needs to be paid in Cash on arrival and no advance payment is needed.
Click here for tips on using the Metro in Saint Petersburg.
Our Hotel was on the Nevsky Prospekt –This is the Main road of St. Petersburg similar to Champs-Élysées Paris. Can go for a walk here in the evening – lot of shopping and Restaurant choices.
We were stretched for time and two thirds of Day1 was dedicated for the Grand Palace Peterhof. Laid out on the orders of Peter the Great it is actually a part of palaces and gardens. These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the “Russian Versailles”.
Getting to Peterhof is something of a challenge not because of lack of transportation but because of the lack of information and the minimal use of English on websites and face to face conversations. Please read the below tip for more details about getting to Peterhof and what tickets to buy-
There are mainly 3 parts to your visit to Peterhof – The Palace itself, Lower Gardens and the Upper Gardens. If you are time bound restrict yourself to the Palace and the Lower gardens as the upper gardens are not that magnificent compared to the lower gardens and its fountains.
These are one of the most impressive gardens I’ve been to with its memorable collection of fountains and fine views over the Baltic Sea. The cascade fountain stands out among the numerous ones, and what stands out is the fact that all these fountains operate without using a pump and has to do with the difference in elevation which creates the required pressure.
Visit the Grand palace first as there will be quite a long queue and takes quite some time to navigate midst the rush of visitors and also the narrow alleys. Once done with the Grand palace spend time strolling the lower gardens –everything is well marked.
- First Hydrofoil to Peterhof – 10AM;Journey Time : 45 Minutes ;Address: Razvodnaya ulitsa, 2, St Petersburg, Russia
- Lower Gardens:Open: Daily, 9 am to 8 pm. Fountains – 10.00 to 18.00; Admission: Summer: RUB 500.00.
- Upper Gardens:Open: Daily, 9 am to 8 pm; Admission: Free
- Grand Palace: Open Daily (except Mondays) 10:30 am to 7 pm; Admission: RUB 600.00.(Photo and video not allowed)
- Snacks/Drinks are readily available in the small shacks in the lower gardens but very expensive.
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