Vyborg Travel Guide

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Vyborg Things to Do

  • Cathedral of the Transfiguration of...

    The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Christ is also known as Preobrašensk's cathedral and it used to be the main church for Orthodox and it was built on the order of Catherine the Great, the longest-ruling female leader of the Russia (1729 - 1796) after she visited Viipuri 1783. The designer was N. A. Lvovin and it's done of bricks.The church...

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  • Statue of Metsän poika (Son of the...

    The statue is from 1932 and carved by Yrjö Liipola. Liipola has been studied in Turku drawning school, Florence Art Academy, Paris and Berlin. He was against army call and "escaped" to Hungary coming back 1934.Statue is located in the Viipuri Town Park (and if you happen to be in Budapest, you find Liipola's statue "Vaaniskelija" there, probably in...

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  • Statue of Torgils Knutsson

    The statue is located on Torgils Knutsson square in front of old town hall just close to the harbor and the castle. It's carved by Ville Vallgren and it's from 1908 (with remark). Like others, this was partially destroyed during the War and renovated till 1993 to Viipuri's 700 years ceremonies. The statue laid forgotten in a warehouse from 1948 to...

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  • The Library of Alvar Aalto

    The official name is The Library of Vyborg, but it is better known by it's designer Alvar Aalto. The library is of Functional style and built 1935, just some years before the War. It's on of the buildings made Alvar famous in the whole world. Viipuri held a architecture contest on 1927 and young Alvar won it. During Soviet times the building was...

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  • Krepostnaya Square

    This fine old square is situated just across the river from the castle.It is a very pleasent area of finely restored building and also a well stocked tourist shop is located here.

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  • Painted wall

    The painted wall seems to represent Krepostnaya Ulitsa.Although it is now looking a little tired and graffiti has slightly damaged the mural, it is still worth a look.

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  • Russian Orthodox church

    The Cathedral of the Transfiguration Christ. The decision about building a new Russian church was taken in summer 1783 during staying Empress Catherine II in the town of Vyborg. A draft was presumably done by N.A, Lvov, then it was remade by the architect I. Brokman (his target was to miniaturize the building). The stone cathedral was built for the...

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  • Peter and Paul Cathedral

    Built in 1793-1799 for Swedish and German parishes in Vyborg. Architect G. F. von Velten.outside this Lutheran cathedral is a statue to Michael Agricola a 16c Bishop of Turku.

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  • Ratushnaya tower

    Only remains of medieval Vyborg's fortifications - city fortress tower. These fortifications were dismaunted in 1860-th.The tower was built near 1470-th. In 16 AD after Gornwerk fortification construction it was transferred to the city magistrat disposal and was used as arsenal, belltower of Dominick monastery and Vyborg city church. The modern...

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  • Clock Tower

    The ruins of the Cathedral. It was built in 1494, badly damaged during Russian siege of 1710, afterward restored and ruined finally in 1939 during Winter War by Soviet troops.

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  • Round Tower

    This magnificient fortification was built in 1547-1550 by Hans fon Bergen project as barbakan. It stood in front of the city walls and connected with the Karjaportti (Cattleyard Tower) by covered gallery. It's diameter is more than 21 meter. It was used as mill warehouse, arsenal, debtor's prison in peaceful times. In 1861 it was transferred to...

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  • Vyborg Castle

    The Vyborg Castle is situated on a small island in the Castle Strait which was once the emptying of the Vuoksa River that connected the Gulf of Finland with Ladoga Lake. The main building of the Castle is the St.Olaf Tower. Its brick walls with cannon loopholes make up an octahedron - this shape was considered the best to withstand bombardment. The...

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  • Market Hall

    The market hall is near the round tower and was very busy with daytrippers from Finland. The town of Vyborg is near the russian / finnish border.

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  • Round Tower

    The round tower is near main square. The round tower was built as part of the town gate in the middle of XV1 century today it is a restaurant.

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  • Monrepos Park, bridges

    My sister's partner wanted to sit on a bench as it is becoming more and more difficult for him to walk distances while my sister and I walked around. We fell in love with this park. There are many arch bridges, none of them original, many paths, cliffs, trees, colourful flowers...it is simply a haven near the busy city.

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  • Views from the bus window

    It was time to say goodbye to Vyborg. We had this beautiful view from the bus window when we left the city. We'll be back!

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  • Ruins of a Cathedral

    I only know that these are ruins of a cathedral but I haven't found any information when there has been a cathedral here and what happened to it.

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  • Post Office

    In many places I've found it difficult to find a post office, but in Vyborg we found it even though were not looking for it. We didn't have anything to post this time!

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  • Wooden sculpture in Park Esplanada

    I don't know who has made these or why they were made but these sculptures of trees were quite funny and caught our eyes when we walked back to the Round Tower.

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  • Monrepos Park, villas

    In the 18th century the manor house and the park were called Lill-Ladugård. When Family von Stupish moved to the manor house in 1750 they began to call is Charlottendahl after Charlotte von Stupish. During that time the park got its appearance as landscape garden. Its present appearance is from 1788, when Family Nikolay lived there and it was then...

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  • Monrepos Park

    One of my colleagues has been to Vyborg a couple of times and she warned me about taking a taxi and going to Monrepos Park. Anyway we asked our driver about it and he said there was no need to be afraid of going, so we took a taxi there and agreed with the driver that he would come and collect us in 90 minutes time. The park, though neglected now,...

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  • The Castle

    The castle was built in 1293 by the Swedes during the third Crusade to Karelia and is located in the Karelian Isthmus. In the 16th century a lot of renovations and additions were made. Viipuri was taken by the Russians in 1710, but passed back to Finnish hands in 1812 when all of Old Finland was attached to the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland....

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  • Rundown house

    Time seemed to have stopped here. People still live in these rundown houses, which have their own charm, though I am not if I wanted to live in them.

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  • Ulitsa Yodnoj Zastavy

    On our way to the tower of old Cathedral we stopped to admire these pretty houses and the decorative gate.

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Vyborg Hotels

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  • Bat Hotel (Letuchaia Mysh)

    Nikolaeva 3, Vyborg, 188800, Russia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Victoria

    Rinochnaya pl.1, Vyborg, 188800, Russia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Eastern Druzhba

    This used to be "a good Soviet hotel", I were there first time about 15 years ago, but during last...

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Vyborg Transportation

  • Boat through Saimaa Canal

    To those who live not in the area, the best way to reach Viipuri is taking a boat trip by some travel agency (like Saimaa Travel) through Saimaa Canal. This can be done VISA FREE for 72 hours for citizens of all countries. You can take a day trip or have one or two nights out there.More information of Saimaa Canal:...

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  • To and from Helsinki

    Three trains go to Helsinki and two to St Petersburg and one to Moscow, plus the local elektra train. to St Petersburg. A couple of buses go to Helsinki. The russian border guards do a customs check and passport/visa check on the train . The emigration card that was filled in on arrival in Russia is handed in. rRemember a russian visa is required...

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  • Nice cruise Finland - Russia via Saimaa...

    A nice way to see the city of Vyborg, nowadays belonging to Russia, is to take a boat via the Saimaa channel from Lappeenranta city directly to the centre of Vyborg. Vyborg is actually an old Finnish city, built in the 13th century; also a still existing castle was built. The city used to be Finland's second biggest city after Helsinki, and it was...

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Vyborg Shopping

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    by Sininen Written Apr 1, 2006

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    We were not out of the bus yet when the vendors arrived and each of them made their best to sell us something. It was really annoying. I know that they have to make their living but if I want to buy something this is not the way to do it. I need my peace and want to look at thinks and then make up my mind. I know that busloads of Finns travel to Vyborg to buy cheap pirate things, which I think is so sad. I am against buying pirate things, though in the past I've bought some CD's. Anyway we went to the market building and had a tour there. It was a colourful place and nice to make a little stroll there, though I would not travel all that way to do some shopping.

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Vyborg Off The Beaten Path

  • Boltry Tower of the Old Cathedral

    Unfortunately the Boltry Tower of the Old Cathedral (Watchtower) has rather modest appearance. Local authorities while probably does not have money to restore this beautiful tower. I managed to examine it already in the deep evening, therefore the picture does not impress!Same dark other sights of the old city appear in my evening pics: a monument...

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  • The Salakkalahti gulf

    The Salakkalahti gulf is one of the most picturesque places in Vyborg. Ancient ships on which local residents reached coasts of medieval Europe, went on the rivers of Russia to Novgorod and the southern countries are established on the coast of this gulf. The powerful fountain is built in the center of the gulf. The hotel "Druzhba" also is situated...

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Vyborg Favorites

  • Old Viipuri Cathedral - Watch Tower

    Generally, as I have already written, the money speaks everywhere and they haven't had money during the last 75 years here in Viipuri. The old town is mostly on this condition and that is sad and pity and everything. For example, the watch tower is just at the same condition to where we left it when Soviet took government here. And this same story...

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  • Vyborg Castle - History VI

    In the end of the XIX century - the beginning of the XX century architect J.Arenberg developed the project of the organization of a historical museum in the castle. However its realization was delayed and was not finished. The Russian military department allocated money for its reconstruction. The castle got its view during this reconstruction. It...

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  • Vyborg Castle - History V

    Later two years after the Friderihsham treaty (1809), by the Alexander's decree it was formed the Great independent Finnish princedom which structure included Vyborg and the Vyborg province. However, the peace did not mean prosperity and well-being to the castle. Two terrible fires transformed "the ancient guard of city" into gradually collapsing...

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