Vyborg attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Vyborg

Vyborg Castle

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 consists of 16th-century alterations. The castle contains severa…
Top Choice Museum in Vyborg

Hermitage Vyborg

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 the Hermitage’s massive collection and change every six mont…
Architecture in Vyborg

Alvar Aalto Library

A must-see for architecture fans is the beautifully designed public library, one of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's iconic designs. After years of restoration, the 1935 building looks lovelier than ever, with painst…
Park in Vyborg

Lenin & Esplanade Parks

Explore these two central and adjacent leafy parks, separated by Leningradsky pr, to find intriguing statutes and carved trees. At the southern end of Lenin Park is the Alvar Aalto Library, designed by the famous Fi…
Fortress in Vyborg

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 rest…
Park in Vyborg

Park Monrepo

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, …
Tower in Vyborg

St Olaf’s Tower

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 near future; it closed for renovations in 2017.
Tower in Vyborg

Clock Tower

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.
Historic Building in Vyborg

Town Hall

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.
Tower in Vyborg

Round Tower

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