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If you're visiting St. Petersburg in the summer, the Peterhof Palace & Garden is an absolute must-do. Frommer's says, "Unquestionably the number-one day trip from St. Petersburg, Peterhof lures visitors with its Versailles-inspired palace, which overlooks a cascade of fountains and gardens opening onto the Baltic Sea." A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peterhof was the brainchild and summer palace of Peter the Great.
While the palace is an impressive site, the gardens really steal the show. According to one TripAdvisor user, "the best part of Peterhof is its enormous gardens and the hundreds of fountains," but you shouldn't bother with the palace if you have time constraints.
To get there, take the hydrofoil from outside the Hermitage. Travelers say this route is the quickest (about 30 minutes) and easiest, but you will find that the trip along the Neva River doesn't offer much in the way of views.
Admission is not cheap, ranging between $10 and $30 dollars (or about 300 rubles to 520 rubles) depending what exhibits you see. Still, recent visitors say that the experience (especially the gardens) is well worth it. You'll get much more out of Peterhof if the weather is clear, since a major part of the experience is seeing the fountains (Apr-Oct) and wandering the grounds." -- Frommer's
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