St.petersburg

Vyborg

more than a year ago
This lovely 13th century city is worth a visit, only 1 hour by train from St. Petersburg. It has a romantic old centre with aging buildings, cobblestone streets and a decent port. The medieval Vyborg Castle was build by the Swedes; Tsar Peter the Great conquered the city in 1710.Vyborg is extremely popular with Finnish tourists who come for the cheap souvenirs, cigarettes and vodka (it is less than an hour drive from the Finnish border). Many Finns also come to explore where families used to live and visit their old home villages. Vyborg may have been built by the Swedes, but just 65 years ago Vyborg, was known as Viipuri, a major Finnish city. From 1918-1940 Vyborg and its surroundings was a part of Finland, and the region was developing rapidly. The Finns ceded Viipuri to the Soviets in the Moscow Peace Treaty at the end of Winter War, fought between the two countries before WWII. During Soviet times Vyborg and this area of the Leningrad Oblast was very difficult for foreigners to visit. With the historic ties to Finland, don’t be surprised if Russian barmen and market people speak Finnish when trying to sell something to you.

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Getting there: From Finlyandsky station or Udelnaya metro station, take a train ("Lastochka") to Vyborg. From Parnas metro station or Devyatkino metro station take bus №850.

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