Peterhof (2 Razvodnaya Ulitsa, St. Petersburg) – this Versailles-inspired palace is a warm-weather destination (April – October), since its cascade of fountains and gardens are best-appreciated then. This was Peter the Great’s summer residence, due to its proximity to Russia’s then-fledgling navy. He used the elaborate grounds to hold summer parties. During World War II, the palace was occupied by the Nazis (suffered major damage). It has since gone through renovations, playing host to tourists nowadays. Admission: RUB 550 (foreign adult), RUB 400 (Russian adult), RUB 300 (foreign children & students), RUB 200 (Russian children & students). Hours: 10:30 am – 6 pm (Tuesday – Sunday)(closed on Monday). Closed the last Tuesday of the month.