Summer Garden, St. Petersburg

Summer Garden, St. Petersburg (must see)

Located between the Fontanka, Moika, and Swan Canal is the impressive Summer Garden. It is adjacent to the Summer Palace, residence of Peter the Great. Pushkin, Gogol, Tchaikovsky, and other great artists of the day visited the garden.

In 1704, Peter the Great commissioned Jean-Baptiste Le Blond and Mikhail Zemsteiv to design a garden similar to the magnificent gardens of the Versailles. Magnificent fountains that illustrated stories from Aesop’s fables were very popular with residents. In addition, hundreds of statues from Europe were placed in the garden. A flood in 1777 damaged many of the original fountains and statues. Restoration work quickly returned the oasis to its former state.

Summer Garden has 79 marble statues that were sculpted by leading Italian sculptors of the 17th and 18th century. It is one of the oldest statue collections in Russia. The garden also contains a selection of rare flowers and plants.

Visitors will enjoy the Coffee House, created by designed by Carlo Rossi and the Tea House, designed by Ludwig Charlemagne. There is also a statue of Russian storyteller Ilya Krylov that displays scenes from his stories. The garden is frequently the location of weddings and parties.

Why You Should Visit:
You are taken back to the times of the great Russian novelists, and the time when St Petersburg had tight connections to Central Europe.
Possibly the most beautiful park in St. Petersburg. On a warm and sunny day, it could be Paris.

Tip:
A tea/coffee/refreshment area is available is available in the center of the park, as well as public toilets.

Opening Hours:
Summer: Daily, 10am-9pm;
Winter: Daily, except Tuesday, 10-am-7:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Summer Garden on Map

Sight Name: Summer Garden
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg  

Walking Tours in St. Petersburg, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

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Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
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Palace Embankment Walking Tour

Palace Embankment Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
The Neva River and Griboedov Canal Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Religious Tour in St Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
St Petersburg Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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