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KathyMG May 25th, 2004 01:46 PM

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.


Marilyn May 25th, 2004 05:36 PM

Re: Peterhof or Catherine's Palace
I would pick Peterhof because of the grounds, but I'm sorry you have to make the choice.

lysolq June 7th, 2004 07:58 PM

Re: Peterhof or Catherine's Palace
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.

Chuck Palm June 7th, 2004 09:12 PM

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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