Gulf of Vyborg, Baltic Sea

Vyborg ©Wit L/flickr

Vyborg ©Wit L/flickr

About 130 kilometers northwest of St. Petersburg in the district of Leningrad region, you can find a resort called Vyborg. There is a town on the Gulf at the Isthmus of Karelia. You will not miss it as it is right at the entrance to the Saimensky canal. So if you would like to plan your itinerary as such, to see the special monuments of the 13th or 14th century millitary architectures, you can revisit the authentic medieval spirit of the Old Town here. Park Montrepos offers you an astonishing landscape where you can take a suburban train called the ‘Finlyandskii vokzal-Finland’ from St. Petersburg. The total journey is about two and a half hours.

Vyborg

Being the biggest and most amazingly scenic town of the Leningrad region, Vyborg on the shore of the Gulf of Finland extend a beautiful sight with its deep bays. You can see several small islands from afar as well as rough landscape and the highest point of the town of 33 meters above the sea level on Battery Hill. Old fortifications and a transportation hub where you can access from Karelia as well as Finland. From Helsinki with an international highway E18, it also has a shipyard and a sea port. Bilingual signages of banks, shops and restaurants in both Russian and Finnish can be sighted. Nature lovers will definitely enjoy the surroundings of conifer forest, lakes and rivers.

Attractions and Monuments

Round Tower ©????/flickr

Round Tower ©????/flickr

In Vyborg, historical buffs will be spoilt. Knowing that the town was under the Swedish administration, the must see is the Vyborg Castle which dated back to 1293. It is on a small rocky island with an Olaf’s tower of seven-storey rebuilt in 1564. If you climb up to the panoramic point at the top, you can see a breathtaking view of Vyborg. You are also recommended to check out the castle museum. In the surrounding area is the Vyborgskaya ulitasa or the City Hall Tower with fortress wall. Note also the bell tower in the inner yard. A place like this is sure to have a Clock Tower that provides the music for over 2 centuries. Other sights like the Hyacinth Catholic Church, the House of the Merchant Guild betwen the Storozhevay and Vyborgskaya streets. Do not miss the Round Tower (Kruglaya Bashnya) as well. Next to it is the Market Square (Ryochnaya Ploshchad’ and the Fortress with Horns. The Pancerlaks bastion or the Shell of the Gulf is noteworthy too. Then proceed to 13 Krespostnaya ulitsa to see a unique medieval house built of big stones that makes it resembles a tower of the fortress wall.


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