Today we’re visiting the Summer Palace.
Peterhof, which is located in a suburb of St. Petersburg. So, the most convenient way to get there is by boat.
It’s a nice ride, about 40 minutes. It’s not a sightseeing tour, though. You can’t see much of St. Petersburg, it’s purely transportation.But it saves you more than an hour to get here.
When you come by boat, you have to buy entrance to the Lower Park.You can’t access the free parts from here.
So what is this place exactly?
This is where the Tsars used to spend summer with their families.
We saw in St. Petersburg where they used to spend winter, right?
Why so many palaces? Well, St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia for two centuries.
The capital moved back to Moscow when the Bolsheviks took power in 1918.
Any similarity with Versailles in France? That was the inspiration for this place. Peterhof today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Now, back to the gardens and let’s go up!
Here you can visit several areas that require different tickets, from parks to exhibitions and museums. So, do your research in advance.
This, for instance, is the Grand Palace.Such a shame you cannot take pictures inside the museum.
Let’s go explore the gardens and there are so many! What’s amazing is that all these fountains operate without any pump. They just use the power of gravity.
Seriously, there are fountains here everywhere you look. Remember to wear comfortable shoes because you’ll walk a lot.
Can you believe that most of this was destroyed during World War 2? Russia was invaded by Germany. The parks and the palaces were bombed and they had to rebuild almost everything.
Another beautiful place worth visiting is Tsarskoye Selo, located 18 miles south of St. Petersburg, but do it on a different day, otherwise you’ll get exhausted.
Some of the subway stations here are really beautiful, so, we’re going for a ride.
In 2014, according to Guardian, station Avtovo got list of 12 most beautiful stations in the world.
The Kremlin itself is a fortress with five palaces, numerous cathedrals, towers.
It was the residency of the Russian Tsars and today it’s the official residency of the president of Russia.
Now, the advantage of having this Petersburg Card here is that you can also use it as a transportation card. You don’t need to buy a new one, all you have to do is add some credit.
The prettiest stations are the oldest ones along the Red Line, number one.
This is the deepest metro system in the world by the average depth of all stations. Actually, from one stop to the next it’s faster to walk.
I wish I could stay longer in St. Petersburg as there are so many great things to do here! But now it’s time to visit Moscow.
Big thanks to my partners in St. Petersburg. The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe and the Petersburg Card, it was a pleasure to review your services and I’m recommending because I really had a great time, both in the hotel and using the card. It made my life so much easier.
Thank you so much for traveling with me and I’ll see you in Moscow.