Vyborg

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.

POPULATION78 457

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW870 km

FOUNDED IN1293

UTC+3

See

Alvar Aalto Library

Hermitage Vyborg

Vyborg Castle

Get There
By Train:
From St Petersburg (Finland Terminal): express train Lastochka departing 4-5 times a day. Travel time is 1h15min
From Moscow (Leningradsky Terminal): premium class sleeper train Leo Tolstoy departs daily at 11.10pm, arriving to Vyborg at 8am. 
Get Around

Mostly on foot. The city is rather small and pleasant to walk around. The railway station is located in the centre, 7min walk from the central Krepostnaya St. and 20min walk from Vyborg Castle.