Peterhof vs. Catherine Palace 彼得霍夫宮與凱瑟琳宮

There are two things that you see most in Russia: Churches and Palaces. Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace are the most popular among the others. We are going to show you their comparison and you shall be able to tell which one we liked more after reading this. Let's get started.


Never Leave St Petersburg without a Visit to Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Grand Palace 彼得霍夫宮

Razvodnaya Ulitsa, 2, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia

We never planned to visit this palace until we realised that everyone talks about this palace and gives it a title of "A Must-see in St. Petersburg", or thing like "You-can't-say-that-you-have-been-to-st-petersburg-if-you-didn't-visit-peterhof". Of course we have to give it a go! It's RUB 1000 for an adult ticket of the Grand Palace entrance only. And it took us almost two hours to get here from city centre. It's awful.


最初其實我們並沒有計劃要去彼得霍夫宮的,可是在網路上,大家都說這裡是聖彼得堡必去的景點,還有人說如果到了聖彼得堡卻沒有去彼得霍夫宮的話,那你也說不上去過了聖彼得堡⋯⋯ 聽起來好像有點嚴重,只好去一去看看好了!但是從市中心坐車出發就大概花了兩個小時才到,挺遠的!順帶一提,一張彼得霍夫宮殿門票是一千盧布喔。

Better Visiting Peterhof Palace in Summer

In winter, there's actually not much to see outside because everywhere would be just covered by snow. However, the Palace is super gorgeous inside! It was less crowded in the morning than in the afternoon. You could find it disappointing about the garden since no one could see anything out there. We enjoyed our visit very much though. It would be a lot better if you visit here in summertime, although it could be super busy at the same time as well.



Free Entry of Catherine Palace's Garden in Winter

Catherine Palace 凱瑟琳宮

Garden St, 7, Pushkin, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia, 196601

There's a funny story that we would like to share. When we first looked at their official website to double check the palace opening time, we found out that the entrance to the garden was free of charge from late October to late April. We felt so lucky that we could visit the garden for free in Winter. When we actually arrived, we realised why it opened to the public for free... as there's literally nothing to see out there. All we saw was just snow. We couldn't even tell if there was a lake before; basically we just walked over it.


跟你們分享一件很好笑的事情,就是當我們在官網上查看凱瑟琳宮的開放時間的時候,發現了從十月底到四月底的時候,花園部分是免費開放給公眾參觀的。我們當時還在沾沾自喜,想說我們也太幸運了吧!後來才發現,當然是免費的了,因為真的除了雪,就只有看到冰了⋯⋯ 而且因為雪太多了,我們直接在湖上走過去了也沒有發覺,之後才發現走錯了⋯⋯

Editor's Pick: Catherine Palace is Our Favourite

This palace looks nicer outside! We simply love how the blue contrasts with the snow! The palace inside look quite the same as Peterhof Palace. Therefore, this palace feels a lot better than Peterhof because it's cheaper, it's RUB 700 for an adult and they also offer half price for students with a student card. Most importantly, it's a lot quicker to get here from city centre! However, we do believe that we should visit these two palaces again in summer and we could probably change our mind.



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