Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Russian in Vyborg

Russky Dvor

The terrace overlooking the castle and town is an ideal spot to enjoy some traditional Russian dishes like venison with berry sauce. The chef cures his own salmon and you can drink their delicious homemade honey and…
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…
European in Vyborg

Vkus

On the top floor of the Victoria Hotel, Vkus serves up Italian fare like risotto, lasagna and caprese salad, as well as spicy rack of lamb and other filling plates. With wonderful views from the small outdoor deck, …
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, …
Pub Food in Vyborg

Champion

This modern pub is full of sporting paraphernalia and has plenty of TVs screening sports and music videos. It's a good place for a cooling pint of Paulaner and a globe-trotting mix of international dishes (pastas, b…
Cafe in Vyborg

Kafe Krendel

Near the Old Town Hall, Kafe Krendel is a charming little spot for coffee, pastries, quiche and desserts – including an excellent house-made carrot cake. In the summer, the tables on the square are a fine place to e…