Vyborg is probably the least Russian-looking town. Its location on the historical borders of Russia, Sweden, and later Finland, guaranteed a turbulent existence throughout the centuries. Once the second largest city in Finland after Helsinki, Vyborg once again became a part of Russia after the World War II - and hasn’t changed much since then. Architecture-wise the city is dominated by the 19th and 20th-century Finnish architecture with medieval Swedish houses and towers dotted here and there. The oldest structure in town is the castle built by the Swedes in the 13th century.
Vyborg is a charming historical town which seems to be stuck in time. You can hardly notice any post-war development in the main part of the city. The names may have changed, as well as the purpose of the buildings but the surroundings stayed the same. The old cobbled streets climb up and down the hills, lined with beautiful Finnish houses and churches.