Most people in the west have heard of the world renowned fountains and palace in Versailles. Far fewer have heard of Peterhof (Петергоф). The smart thing to do is to visit the park BEFORE the fountains are switched off (just before winter, sometime in November), although the park is surreal with a lack of crowds in winter, covered in snow and eerily quiet.
Peterhof in Winter.
The tour of the palace, talks about the history of the building throughout Tsarist times and goes to great length to outline the opulence and luxury throughout the palace.
Despite the onset of winter, the squirrels still run out to play and look for nuts.
The lack of crowds makes for a different impression compared to the crowded summer peak season.