No tour of Russia is complete without a trip to Peterhof Palace
With a country as vast as Russia, it can be difficult to decide what destinations to visit. After all, it's nearly impossible to hit them all during just one tour of Russia, and sometimes you have the make the call to cut one or two from your itinerary. But while you're paring down your list of where to stop, you should make sure to leave Peterhof Palace on there. Often called the Russian Versailles, this stunning complex is among the most beautiful palaces in the world.
The landmark, which is comprised of several stunning buildings and beautiful gardens, dates back to the 1700s when it was built by the order of Peter the Great. You'll be struck by its impressive stature before you even set foot on the grounds, as the boat ride up to the palace takes along the Baltic shore brings you through dense forests, Peterhof emerges seemingly out of nowhere. While while be struck from afar, once you get the chance to explore the complex on foot you'll quickly understand why it has become such a large tourist draw.
Of the many appealing aspects of the Peterhof Palace, the Grand Cascade may be the most well-known. This area of the complex begins at the north facade and is famous for its more than 60 elegant fountains and 200 sculptures that add an artistic atmosphere to the grounds. You should also make a point to tour the Peterhof Grand Palace - the largest of those on the grounds - which is home to many, truly breathtaking rooms including the The Chesma Hall and Picture Hall, which contains nearly 370 paintings.
Whether you're struck by the architecture, atmosphere or artwork, there's no denying that a trip to Peterhof Palace will leave a lasting impression.