Anninskie Fortifications


At the southern end of Tverdysh Island is this double line of fortifications, built between 1730 and 1750 as protection against the Swedes and named after Empress Anna Ioanovna. Nearby, on a hill just above the restaurant Russky Dvor, a handsome statue of Peter the Great, erected on the bicentenary of the city’s capture by Russia, surveys the town.

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Nearby Vyborg attractions

1. St Olaf’s Tower

0.24 MILES

The last remaining part of the original Vyborg castle, this tower can be climbed for great views of the town. Unfortunately, it's inaccessible for the…

2. Vyborg Castle

0.25 MILES

Rising stoutly from an islet in Vyborg Bay, this castle was built by the Swedes in 1293 when they first captured Karelia from Novgorod. Most of it now…

3. Museum

0.26 MILES

This is a small museum of local history inside the Vyborg castle complex.

4. Clock Tower

0.47 MILES

The Clock Tower was first built in 1490 and is worth climbing for the views of town. At time of research, it was closed for long-term restoration.

5. Round Tower

0.59 MILES

One unmissable relic of Vyborg’s Swedish times is the squat Round Tower, which now houses a restaurant.

6. Town Hall

0.67 MILES

This is the remains of the 15th-century Town Hall, with its distinctive white tower crowned with what resembles a giant metallic wizard’s hat.

7. Lenin & Esplanade Parks

0.83 MILES

Explore these two central and adjacent leafy parks, separated by Leningradsky pr, to find intriguing statutes and carved trees. At the southern end of…

8. Hermitage Vyborg

0.84 MILES

Housed in a wing of a striking building designed by Finnish architect Uno Ulberg in 1930, this small museum hosts themed exhibitions that are curated from…