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Old May 25th, 2004, 01:46 PM
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Default Peterhof or Catherine's Palace

If you could only tour one of the two, which one would you visit? Also, has anyone taken the hydrofoil to Peterhof. I would appreciate details as to frequency of departures, cost, etc.

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Old May 25th, 2004, 05:36 PM
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Default Re: Peterhof or Catherine's Palace

I would pick Peterhof because of the grounds, but I'm sorry you have to make the choice.
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Old June 7th, 2004, 07:58 PM
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We just returned from our Baltic cruise (Constellation May 22/June 5) and visited both Peterhof and Catherine's Palace as part of our Red October tours. If push came to shove and I had to choose one or the other, I'd opt for Catherine's Palace. While the grounds of Peterhof are beautiful, a visit to the public rooms at Catherine's Palace really gives you a feel for the lifestyle of enormous wealth and grandeur of the Russian czars and aristocracy. The Amber Room alone is worth the trip.
Also, Catherine's Palace was bombed by the Germans during WWII and left in ruins. The restoration that has taken place is nothing short of spectacular, especially when the beauty of many of the rooms is contrasted by actual photos of those rooms prior to restoration.
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Old June 7th, 2004, 09:12 PM
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Default Re: Peterhof or Catherine's Palace

We loved both. Is there no way to do both? Are you going to the Hermitage too? You will not be sad if you make either choice. That's like choosing between a banana split and a hot fudge sundae. Hmmmmmmm?????
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