The Capital of fountains

Peterhof gardens, palaces & pavillions


Duration: 4 hours

Activity level: Moderate/ Hard

Some people call Peterhof “the Capital of Fountains”, other call it “the Eighth Wonder of the World” – why not visit it yourself and make your own opinion? 

The site for the summer residence and fountain gardens was chosen personally by Peter I. The tsar made the first sketches and drawings of the site himself, and headed the official opening ceremony in August 1723. The complex was significantly enlarged during the reign of his daughter Elizabeth who loved to entertain her guests with masquerades held around the fountains, which were illuminated by gargantuan firework. Enjoy a tour through the Upper and Lower gardens, and try to count all of the 150 fountains and cascades. Visit the Monplaisir palace to see how the tsar really lived or the Grottoes to discover the secret of the unique fountain system which has been preserved since the time of Peter the Great.

Key information

Min. group size: 1 person.
Languages available: English, French, Italian, German and others upon request.

Meeting point

We will pick-up you from your hotel in St. Petersburg or at sea port (for cruise travellers).


The fountains operate from May to October. Outside of this period the basic tour includes a visit to the Grand Palace in place of the Grottoes.
Visit to the Grand Palace in Summer is available upon request.
Hydrofoil transfer is available upon request from May to September.

You can also get additional details about the Sights of Peterhof here:
The Grottoes of the Grand Cascade.

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