Vyborg Russia

Vyborg Russia

Vyborg, a Gulf of Finland port and rail junction, 174 km northwest of St Petersburg and just 30 km from the Finnish border, is an appealing provincial town dominated by a medieval castle and peppered with decaying Finnish Art-Nouveau buildings and romantic cobblestone streets.

Short history of Vyborg

The border has jumped back and forth around Vyborg for most of its history. Peter the Great captured it from the Swedes in 1710. A century later it fell within autonomous Finland, and after the revolution it remained part of independent Finland. Since then the Finns have called it Viipuri. Stalin took Vyborg in 1939, lost it to the Finns during World War II, and on getting it back at the end of the war deported all the Finns.

Today it remains resolutely a Russian town but the Finns are back by the coachloads, coming to shop and drink the town's cheap booze. Except for Park Monrepo, all Vyborg's main sights are neatly arranged around a compact peninsula, making it an ideal town to explore on foot.

Vyborg Castle

Vyborg Castle Russia

Vyborg Castle Russia

Rising stoutly from a rock in Vyborg Bay, Vyborg Castle is the city's oldest building, built by the Swedes in 1293 when they first captured Karelia from Novgorod. Most of it now consists of 16th century alterations.

Inside the castle is a mildly diverting small museum of local history, including a tacky set-up of a border post. Climb the many steps of the whitewashed St Olaf's Tower for great views over the town.

Address Vyborgsy zamok, Vyborg, Russia
Telephone +7 931 281 13 78

Monrepo Park Vyborg

Monrepo Park Vyborg

Monrepo Park Vyborg

A lovely place to escape the world forĀ  few hours if not most of the day is the 180 hectare Monrepo Park, around 3 kilometers west of the train station. Laid out in a classical style, the sprawling park with curved bridges, arbors and sculptures, is as pretty as the grounds at Pavlovsk, only wilder.

Vyborg Clocktower

Vyborg Clock Tower

Vyborg Clock Tower

Many narrow cobbled streets lead to Clock Tower, one of the city's most enduring symbols. The first tower in this place emerged at the end of the 15th century, when the city was under Swedish control. It's part of the Vyborg Cathedral that's now in ruins. The tower itself has been damaged, demolished, and rebuilt many times, and while the original lower part still stands, the current upper section dates back to the late 18th century. Access to the interior is not permitted.

Address Krepostnaya Ulitsa, 7, Vyborg
Telephone +7 931 281 13 78

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