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Peterhof was another bucket list for me but I had no idea until I arrived and spoke to our guide if it was going to be a possibility. She actually told a group of us who wanted to go that it was not going to be a possibility. Which was the wrong thing to say. After our tour of the Hermitage. One of the group knew that you could catch the hydrofoil. Tickets were bought behind the Hermitage museum on the Neva River. This shot I took while on my tour through the window.
The time to Peterhof is roughly 45 minutes. It is the fastest and most expensive (about 700 RUR for a ticket) way to get from Saint Petersburg to Peterhof. The trip is often touted as offering great views. On our way to Peterhof, we could not see much except fog, but I personally loved it.
And then we arrived at Peterhof, where then had to pay for entrance to the gardens. This was my first view of Peterhof Palace.
The town is famous for its a series of palaces and gardens known as the Peterhof Palace, it was laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the “Russian Versailles” The palace and gardens along with the city centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We went to explore the gardens a little. I decided to rest up as I had been on my feet all day and I was starting to feel it. Remember I have problems with my mobility and still using a crutch.
Before we caught the last hydrofoil back to Saint Petersburg.
Peterhof was extensively damaged during World War II during occupation by Nazi Germany. Reconstruction efforts began almost immediately following the war, and they are still underway. It is such a beautiful spot to visit and I felt that I did not do this justice as I only had a few hours here. I would love to return and explore more. Lets hope that this is in my future.