At the eastern border of the Lower Garden in Peterhof there lies one of the most interesting and distinctive english landscape gardens of our country.
The cozy palace and garden complex is the place where several generations of the Russian Royal family used to spend their summer vacations, named after its first owner - the empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the spouse of Nicholas I of Russia.
The romantic atmosphere of the place is supported by many constructions in neo-gothic style like the beautiful Cottage Palace and the building of the Palace Telegraph Station.
Today the Alexandria park is the perfect place to spend summer weekends with children. At the disposal of the little visitors of the park the is the outdoor gymnastic area, built for the young grand dukes, the children's fire-observation tower and many other enternainments.
Like the previous park on our list, the Kolonistsky park appeared on the map of Peterhof during the reign of Nicholas I, that is in the second quarter of the 19 century.
The main part of the park is located on the islands of the Peterhof Pond. Here the beautiful pavilions, fountains and sculptures were created, as well as the emazing gardens and flowerbeds.
The main landmark of the Kolonistsky Park is the Olga’s Pond, which is also the part of the water supply system of the fountains of Peterhof.
In olden days the islands of the Kolonistsky Park used to be the venue for splendid celebrations of birthdays of russian empresses in the presence of foreign guests. The celebrations were followed by colorful performances, decorative lighting, boating and dancing.
The Anglisky (English) Park in Peterhof
The largest park on the territory of Peterhof, designed by the english gardener James Meder for Catherine the Great of Russia.
On the bank of the pond the architect Giacomo Quarenghi created the palace for Catherine the great, which was later called the New Peterhof Palace. Unfortunately during the years of the World War II the palace was totally destroyed.
The walk in the Anglisky Park wil take you to the journey to the distant past. It is never nosy here, there is no rush and you may take a peaceful walk around the pond, emagening Catherine the Great walk the same way around the alleys of the park.
The Alexandrovsky (Alexander) Park in Tsarskoye Selo
The Alexandrovsky park is the part of the «Tsarskoye Selo» museum and heritage site ansamble.
The name of the park refers to the name of its first owner – the emperor Alexander I of Russia. he received it as a wedding gift from his grandmother Catherine the Great when he married the Princess Louise of Baden, later known as the empress Elizabeth Alexeievna.
The area of Alexandrovsky Park is around 200 ha. The park consists of two parts: the french formal garden of geometrical layout and an english landscape garden, free in planning, that resembles natural landscape.
The main landmark of the park is the Alexander Palace, layed in 1792 by the architect Giacomo Quarenghi, that represents the beautiful example of classical architecture.
The Babolovo Park
The favourite place of all citizens of the town of Pushkin for jogging, riding a bike and simply unhurried walks. An uncrowded park with a variety of natural areas.
The history of the park started in 1779, when the empress Catherine the Great ordered to set up an english garden on the bank of an artificial pond for her favourite prince Grigory Potemkin.
The complete structure of the Babolovo Park was developed only by 1820-1860. During this period the excess forest was cleared and by the sides of the road 30 000 new trees were planted.
The main architectural landmark of the park is the ruined Babolovo Palace.
The only rocky park in Russia, famous for its unique landscape. The name comes from French word, meaning «My Rest»
The park is located on the Tverdysh Island. The rocks of the island represent mighty outcrops of granite, and their picturesque and unusual landscape was formed by an ancient glacier.
The beauty of the park impressed russian emperors and their immediate entourage, the royal families of Sweden and Prussia. The Monrepos gave inspiration to famous artists and poets, many celebrated scientists visited this place.
At present the park has received the State Museum Reserve status. It is visited by thousands of tourists annually.