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 a coup…
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, curated from the Hermitage’s massive collection, that change every six months. Th…
Park in Vyborg

Park Monrepo

A lovely place to escape the world for a few hours, if not most of the day, is this 180-hectare park facing on to tranquil Zashchitnaya Bay. 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.
Museum in Vyborg


This is a small museum of local history inside the Vyborg castle complex.
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 res…
Tower in Vyborg

Round Tower

Other relics of Vyborg’s Swedish times are found in the squat Round Tower, which now houses a restaurant; the Pantserlaks Bastion, dating from 1574, which contains a gallery; the City Hall Tower, which looks like it…
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

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower was first built in 1490 and is worth climbing for the views of town.