A pavilion in Vyborg's Park Monrepo.

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This 180-hectare park facing onto tranquil Zashchitnaya Bay is a lovely place to escape the world for a few hours, if not most of the day. It’s laid out in a classical style, with various pavilions, curved bridges, arbours and sculptures. Bus 1 or 6 (R30, 15 minutes) will get you here from outside the train and bus stations.

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