The Grand palace of Petrodvorets stands on the hill. 2 parks which surround it
received the names of Upper and Lower ones.
The most famous part of this ensemble is the Lower park. With its 173 fountains
it makes a strong competition to the French Versailles. On the territory of the
Lower park you find three monumental fountains (one of them comprising the famous
Samson). Since the times of Peter the Great remained the so-called joke-fountains -
a fun for kids and adults. For example - a calm park bench: once you sit on it,
the jets of water pour over you! There are 5 different types of joke-fountains,
all different and unique.
Fountains start to work on the last weekend of May and are closed around the middle
of September. The exact dates are different from year to year.
There are 8 museums on the grounds of the park.
Contrary to the Grand palace with its official-representative great halls
Catherine's block, Marli, Hermitage and Cottage open before you the doors into
the private life of Russian tsars.