FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
In 1720 Peter the Great commissioned work on this maritime country residence that was to be a "Russian Versailles." Italian architect Nicolo Micketti designed not only the palace, but also beautiful fountains and waterworks meant to draw water from the Gulf of Finland. However, the fountains never worked, and the palace itself underwent several fires and was later redesigned. Nearly destroyed in
World War II, this suburban palace dazzles once again. After years of renovation, based on old photographs and plans, the Italian-baroque, coffee-color palace is now officially the Palace of Congress and used to host government functions.
Gatchina, which is the name of both the city and the park-palace complex, dates to the 15th century, when it was a small Russian village. The...
Kronshtadt (Kotlin Island), to the west of St. Petersburg, was developed between 1703 and 1704 by Peter the Great as a base from which to defend...