Peterhof, called the seaside paradise, the capital of fountains, an entertainment previously unknown in Russia, was opened to the public on August 15, 1723. This imperial residence on the shore of the Gulf of Finland became a triumphal memorial symbolizing Russia’s access to the Baltic Sea.
In 1712 Saint-Petersburg became a capital of the Russian Empire and Peter the Great had an idea to create a beautiful summer residence on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The residence where he could host his guests, the leaders and the heads of European countries.
The work on Grand Palace which was called ‘Upper Chambers’ started already in 1714. In 1723 the residence was officially opened. Peter the Great preferred to go to his residence by boat if the weather was fine. If the weather was windy and there were great waves in the Gulf of Finland he had to ride the horse along the gulf of Finland. It took several hours.
Peter died already in 1725, after his death the place fell into neglect. Only with Elizabeth, Peter’s daughter, this place began to develop again. After the revolution of 1917 Peterhof Palace and other small palaces in Lower Park were nationalized and changed into museums.
Nowadays Peterhof is one the most popular attractions for Russian and foreign tourists. It is popular among both adults and children. You private Saint-Petersburg guide will show you the most interesting and entertaining places in Lower Park of Peterhof.
Your professional private guide of St Petersburg will meet you at the hotel or where you are staying and then travel to Peterhof Complex by car (60 minutes each way). On the way you will have the opportunity to see the Russian countryside. In Peterhof you will have a guided tour inside Grand Peterhof Palace (not inclided into ready made tours as well as shore excursions) and a walk around the gardens with fountains. If you would like you can have lunch there. You will return to Saint-Petersburg the same way and finish the tour at your hotel. Book more than one tour with us to get a great discount!
The price includes a professional English-speaking guide and a professional driver with a comfortable air-conditioned car or mini-bus for four hours, tickets to Peterhof park and Grand Peterhof Palace for everyone.
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