Whilst we were staying in St Petersburg another person in our hostel suggested we should visit Peterhof. I had never even heard of it before but based on his keen description of it we decided to give it a go.
The first challenge was working out how to get there as it is based 30km from the city. We wandered down to the Hydrofoil to check that out. A return ticket was 1200 roubles, which is about £24 each. Not budget friendly! We whipped out the guide book to see what it had to say on the matter. We could get a marshrutka instead which is a local minibus. This was 55 roubles each way, so about £2 each for a return. Much better! Once we had worked out how Peterhof was written in Cyrillic and shuffled our way to the front of the queue we were off.
Peterhof is a ginormous palace with even bigger grounds. Contained within these grounds there is in excess of 100 fountains. It is positioned so that the grounds run from the palace down to the Gulf of Finland and then they stretch along the coast for several kilometres. It took us half a day to explore discovering fountain after fountain squirrelled away in secret little nooks and crannies within the grounds.
Enough of me talking, here is our photos from our day out to Peterhof: