The Russian aristocrats liked to escape from the capital during the summer months and for that purpose they built, which more spectacular, summer mansions a short distance from St. Petersburg. In Tsarskoe Solo there is Catherine's palace, considered one of the most beautiful. You can also visit Stelna, the palaces of Pushkin (yes, like the poet) and Pavlovsk among other palaces, but we decided to go to Peterhof.
Peterhof It is located 29 kilometers from St. Petersburg, so, as it is very easy to get there, it is one of the most popular excursions. The cheapest option to access Peterhof is by bus or, rather, by the minibus that leaves the Avtovo metro station (Автово) and leaves you a few meters from the door of the gardens that give entrance to the palace. The bad thing about visiting the Peterhof complex is that you have to pay for everything and, unfortunately, there is nothing cheap.
What stands out most about the visit are the gardens and the palace. In the end, we only visit the gardens, which are so extensive that one can spend the day there perfectly. The entrance cost us 450 rubles (€ 11.6) and we stopped paying to enter the palace for the great queue there was and because it cost another 550 rubles (€ 14.2). It seems that this entry is all dedicated to emphasizing the cost of visiting Peterhof, but neither Paco nor Nastia (and that she entered for free) we expected everything to be so expensive.
It was Peter the Great who ordered Peterhof to be built, although over the years the czars that succeeded him expanded it. The most beautiful thing in the whole enclosure is the great waterfall which was also built during the mandate of Peter the Great. This great fountain was built on the inspiration of what King Louis XIV had in his summer palace in Marly and include the countless jets of water, the golden statues and the waterfall that flows into the water avenue.
Peterhof was a royal residence until 1917, when it opened to the public. During World War II he was very battered, curiously because of Stalin, who preferred to dynamite Peterhof to prevent Hitler from holding a party there. In fact, Hitler's original idea was to celebrate the occupation of St. Petersburg at the Hotel Astória, but it never came to occupy the city. Even so, if the case had occurred, Stalin had it full of dynamite because before he preferred to fly Leningrad (with all its inhabitants inside) than to see it in the hands of his former "ally". They were all crazy ...
Luckily, that day the sun shone a lot and we could enjoy our visit to the gardens and contemplate the various sources. In the afternoon, we returned to St. Petersburg and said goodbye to Paco and Nastia until the evening.