What to do and see in Vyborg, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

January 8, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Vyborg is a small, picturesque resort town a short train ride away from St. Petersburg. Medieval fortifications rise above the small peninsula on which the town is set, and the whole place can be seen by foot in a few hours. The highlight is Vyborg Castle, originally built by the Swedish, then captured and recaptured by the Russians and the Finnish. It has a great view of the town.
Restaurants in Vyborg

1. Alvar Aalto Library

City Park, Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 813 782-11-53
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5 based on 101 reviews

Alvar Aalto Library

Reviewed By cool_alaska - Juneau, Alaska

Beautiful building with amazing architecture. After renovation it became even more beautiful. Twenty years ago I used to visit this library every day working on my thesis. Today its not only for Reading. They have a nice exhibition hall and they even give tours to visitors.

2. Monrepos Park, Historical, Architectural and Natural Museum Preserve

Open-Air Museum "Park Monrepo", Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 813 782-59-97
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4.5 based on 786 reviews

Monrepos Park, Historical, Architectural and Natural Museum Preserve

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Reviewed By Leaboss - Bielefeld, Germany

You can walk here for a day and enjoy the nature. It's explored easily by wearing normal sneakers. I even saw there women wearing high heels which is doable but not comfortable and there are a lot of stones and corners where you can climb onto but they couldn't.
We came here just for 1,5 hours in the evening.
It was a nice atmosphere, we could sit down here and there on rocks and enjoy the view. We regret that we didn't take a bottle of hot tea. That would've made it a perfect little evening walk.

3. Statue of Torkel Knutsson

Krepostnaya Square, Vyborg, Russia
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Statue of Torkel Knutsson

Reviewed By maksim_ivanov - Kaliningrad, Russia

основатель Выборга. When Tavastland had been attacked by the Republic of Novgorod, in 1292, marshal Torkel led the third Swedish crusade against Novgorod, in 1293 and conquered parts of Karelia, where he founded the stronghold of Viborg.

4. Vyborg Castle

Vyborg, Russia +7 931 281-13-78
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4.5 based on 969 reviews

Vyborg Castle

Reviewed By RV0681 - New Delhi, India

Vyborg is the last city of Russia, before you enter Finland. The castle is a 16th century monument. Its around 2-3 hors drive from St Petersburg, worth seeing as a weekend getaway. Dont expect much from the castle. Minor play games are organised for kids in the area behind the castle.
The town is nice to go around.

5. Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor

9th km of Svetogorskoye Hwy | 9th km of Svetogorskoye Hwy, Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 921 846-67-73
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5 based on 64 reviews

Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor

In the mysterious Karelian Forests, not far from Vyborg, as if carried through the centuries, lies the medieval town of Svargas – the Capital of the Norman lands, with all its buildings and inhabitants, a real city of the Baltic Slavs the Viking age. The history of the build with their own hands the people of Svargas, his warriors, artisans, and lovers of history, enthusiasts to be reminded of the culture of the Baltic Slavs, obodrites, Wegrow, Ruyan, lutici, wends ... In the story of the life of Svargas, as in flowing river streams, join the fate of each guest coming for the holidays who curious tourists, who have a wedding to celebrate, and all of them carry away a piece of Sunny sky in your heart.

Reviewed By das0878 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Посетили средневековый город Сваргас. Находится он в живописном месте карельских лесов. Замечательная интерактивная программа, в которой могут поучаствовать и взрослые и дети. Интересные рассказы о жизни викингов, экспонаты, которые можно взять в руки, рассмотреть, оставляют непередаваемые впечатления. Это был потрясающий выходной день!

6. Monument to Elk

Lenin Park, Vyborg, Russia
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Monument to Elk

Reviewed By Greg W - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Unsure of any major significance that this monument holds, however, it’s nice to look at and is taller than I imagined it would be. Found directly outside the Aalto Library.

7. Round Tower

Rynochnaya Sq., Vyborg, Russia +7 813 783-17-29
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4 based on 85 reviews

Round Tower

Reviewed By Greg W - Cambridge, United Kingdom

A fairly historic but relatively unimpressive building originally built to guard the borders of the town. It’s been in existence for just shy of five hundred years. Didn’t go inside to investigate any further as it’s now a restaurant and bar inside.

8. Byurger Estate

Progonnaya St., 7A, Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 905 282-57-25
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Byurger Estate

Reviewed By Константин К

Официально дом носит название "Усадьба Бюргера", но для меня он заполнился как дом старухи Лоухи. Лоухи — Хозяйка Севера, страны тьмы и мрака Похъелы в карело-финском народном эпосе Калевала, могущественная колдунья. Знаменита тем, что спрятала мельницу-самомолку Сампо в утесе за девятью замками, чтобы жители Калевалы не могли воспользоваться.Но это официальная версия Калевалы. У меня после прочтения Калевалы ( спасибо Выборгу), трактовка образа Лоухи совершенно меняется. Это удивительно умная женщина, которая имела замечательную семью. Она любила своих детей, а самое главное – любила свой род, свое племя. И ради него готова была на все.
Но речь не о трактовке Калевалы. Посветите домик Лоухи или усадьбу Бюргера.Там работают творческие люди, которые любят свой город, свою историю и стараются донести свою любовь каждому гостю...Здесь можно совершенно бесплатно обратиться с желанием к красавице ( ну не вяжется слово старуха к молодой женщине 35 лет) Лоухи и попросить поддержки.. Всего лишь стоит подержаться за ее ножку.... Но с желаниями нужно быть аккуратными.
Вам предложат здесь знаменитый выборгский крендель, который воссоздан по уникальному рецепту, ознакомят с историей Выборга, дадут посетить секретную комнату или примерить рыцарский костюм. Большой выбор ручной сувенирной продукции.
Без посещения домика Лоухи ( усадьба Бюргера) представление о Выборге будет не полным.
Жаль, что городская власть не вкладывает в реконструкцию Выборга денег - желательно было бы обустроить прилегающую территорию, создать условия для туристов. Но мелкие недочеты не портят общей картины.

9. Clock Tower

Krepostnaya St., 5, Vyborg 188800, Russia
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4 based on 166 reviews

Clock Tower

Reviewed By 568MarkR - Hartsville, SC

This clock tower really symbolizes how sad Vyborg really is. The city is in absolute ruins, as is the clock tower. If you have time and you are in SPG, I would actually recommend coming to Vyborg. Read the Wikipedia article and you will have a better appreciation of the history of the city. That being said, absolute ruins. I honestly don't know how or why anyone would live here. The Russians seems to no longer care about this city at all.

10. Military Museum of the Karelian Isthmus

Pogonnaya St, 7, Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 921 945-69-91
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Military Museum of the Karelian Isthmus

Reviewed By consttraveler - Helsinki, Finland

Two-floor building containing items like weaponry, propaganda posters and books from Finland-USSR wars 1939-1940 (Winter war) and 1941-1944 ("continuation war"). It's worth visit if you speak either Russian or Finnish (or book a tour) as usually Russians don't mention Winter war anywhere in their history museums as it's not part of great Patriotic war... Small entrance fee.

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