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Take a Day Trip to Petrodvorets
Visiting Petrodvorets is an excellent choice for a St. Petersburg day trip. Petrodvorets is a small town located on the southern shores of the Finland Gulf, just 29 kilometers east of St. Petersburg. The town is easily accessible by road, but for a more exciting trip you can also take a hydrofoil from St. Petersburg and travel by water.
The Summer Palace
The main sight of Petrodvorets is the Summer Palace of King Peter the Great. It is actually a whole complex, consisting of vast gardens, a Grand Palace and several other buildings, including multiple palaces and an old chapel. There are admission prices to enter the buildings. The gardens are divided in 2 parts: Upper Garden and Lower Garden. Access to the Upper Garden is free, but you will need to buy a ticket to enter the Lower Garden. Both gardens are covered with lovely 100-year-old trees and decorated with beautiful statues, fountains and flower-beds. The Grand Palace itself is an impressive 30-room building with fascinating French-styled interior.
The Petrodvorets Watch Factory
You can stop by at the famous Petrodvorets Watch Factory. It was built by Peter the Great back in 1721 but functioned as a precious stone factory until the Second World War, when it started producing watches. Today the factory produces the famous Russian brand Raketa, which is said to be the best Russian watches. This is an excellent opportunity to buy some watches directly from the factory.
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