For some, Petergof could be only a park with a sky high entrance fee. For me, it is one of the reasons to call Saint Petersburg a fairy tale city. This summer residence of Roman dynasty tsars really took my breath away. Hands down, it's sometimes also refered to as "Russian Versailles" for a reason.
|Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade|
Don´t get me wrong, I´ve never been to Versailles, but you can´t disregard the influence French and Italian culture had to Peter I (Peter the Great). St. Petersburg (former Russian capital) is full of breath-taking buildings and stunning architecture. And, golden details. Petergof and it´s gardens, however, are a step up from that.
Maybe the park doesn´t scream history as much as the Hermitage Museum, but you can find some gems in here as well - for me, it was the chamber of Catherine the Great. Furnishings from 18th century became my dream room immediately. I don't typically mind not being allowed to take photos, but this time the temptation was really high. I'm a good girl through... which didn't stop me from almost getting jailed the other day in Russia, but that's a different story.
Back to the park. Besides exploring several palaces, you can take a walk towards the sea, or explore the smaller side paths of the complex. The park filled with fountains and statues begs for exploring. I can imagine going there for a picnic... or on a date. I´d totally love to go on a romantic date over there. Make a note, guys.