Exterior: Fantatic and worth it. Interior: Avoid like the plague. We had seen the Catherine Palace in the morning which was better and sufficient. Not only was the Peterhof interior redundant and disappointing after having seen Catherine's (it was really very much the same), but Peterhof was the most disorganized, horrible tourist attraction I've ever seen. It was crowded, no staff knew what to do or where the throngs should go, people were herded into various doors and crammed into hot rooms to put on booties, and rudely forced to randomly check bags and umbrellas, then herded through crammed bottlenecks and tiny hallways while there were numerous other visible hallways adjacent that could have greatly increased comfort and capacity. it was a total zoo. Then when we mercifully exited, I forgot my checked item so I had to swim upstream for a few meters and the one lone Russian staff member actually hit my arm and yelled at me for doing so. It was a very Soviet-era style experience and totally unnecessary to go inside. The grounds and fountains are fantastic, however, and very much worth a see. The hydrofoil service back to St. petersburg was fun and fast.
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