Resort Repino and Finnish architecture of Priozersk – Road.Travel

Resort Repino and Finnish architecture of Priozersk

Road Trip Route. The shore of the Gulf of Finland in Komarovo, Korela Fortress, Käkisalmi Lutheran Church, Penata Manor Museum, .

It will be a meditative journey. We will walk along the shore of the winter Gulf of Finland, visit the house, the name of which has become a proverbial name - pennaty. We will also admire old Finnish churches and medieval fortress, visit raccoons and walk with Alaskan malamutes through the winter forest.

History and Culture, Active Leisure, 🎅 Winter Trips. From: Saint Petersburg

Ksenia Beskova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Priozersk architecture

We will visit a modern wooden church and afterwards meet the animals, or even take a dog sled ride. In the afternoon we will visit several Lutheran churches, the walls of which are made of boulders from Lake Ladoga. In the evening we will rest in the pleasant park of Korela fortress.

Храм Святых Благоверных Князей Бориса и Глеба

The military town of Agalatovo is quite large, there is even an airfield here. The wooden church was built in 2001, and there is an active life inside the parish. The church opens at 11:00.

Зоопарк "Шишки на Лампушке"

Here you can get acquainted with minks, ferrets, pheasants, foxes and raccoons. You can also take pictures, ride a dog sled, a horse or a donkey and go for a walk with a huge Alaskan malamute, a wolf, a deer and a Cameroonian goat. For more information, visit the [Zoo] website (

Gazpromneft filling station #45

Ahead of the Gazpromneft filling station. A good reason to make a stop: refuel with quality fuel, drink coffee and just warm up.

Farmstead Cafe

In Podvorye café you can have a quick and inexpensive snack. Business lunches will please the very hungry.

Korela Fortress (Крепость Корела)

Here you can stroll through the modestly manicured park. On the territory of the fortress there is a museum of local history. Medieval walls, well-kept green lawn. Elegant minimalism. In the 19th century it was a prison for political prisoners, now it hosts folk festivals. The castle museum is open until 6 pm on all days except Thursdays and pre-holiday dates. The fortress is closed on Mondays and the last Thursday of the month.

Лютеранская кирха Кякисалми (Käkisalmi)

Since we are in Priozersk, let's stop for a while at the church, built in Finnish art nouveau style. There was an organ here, but it has not survived. In the times of the Karelian-Finnish SSR the building, built of Ladoga boulders, was used as a theatre. Now, unfortunately, the church can be seen only from outside.

храм Рождества Пресвятой Богородицы

And now let's see the main Orthodox church of Priozersk - the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. It is named so because exactly on September 8, 1710 on the day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin the town of Kexholm (the name of Priozersk at that time) was taken by Russian troops.

Cafe Pearl

Let's have dinner at Cafe Zhemchuzhina. Shashlik, meat dishes and khachapuri are well cooked here.

Day 2: Native Pena

Today we will see another Finnish church, take a walk along the shore of the Gulf of Finland and see the studio of artist I.E. Repin.


Lutheran church in the style of Northern Art Nouveau or Finnish National Romanticism. Unfortunately, the organ inside the church has not survived. It would be interesting to hear this music among the nature of Priozersk area: lakes, rocks, dense coniferous forest. But the reality opens for us quite a different side. Now in the church there is a warehouse, House of Culture and a shop.

Monument "Moose"

A monument to the moose family has been erected to draw attention to the problem of accidents with wild animals.

Chudnyi Beach (Пляж «Чудный»)

Visit the shore of the Gulf of Finland before lunch. In summer this beach is popular for recreation, in winter it is great for a walk in the fresh air.


We'll have lunch at the Chaliapin restaurant. There's great food, a real fireplace in the centre of the room where you can toss your own wood, and attentive waiters. The beef cheeks with sauce is worth a try.

Дом И.Е.Репина

A wonderful place where you can experience the life of an artist's family and admire the beautiful house. We will definitely walk through the garden and reach the bay (cross the road, choose a suitable path and walk to the sea). The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Entrance to the museum is limited and by appointment only - please check [website]( for times and contacts and arrive on time or thereabouts.


Nice twilight. Lots of meat dishes on the menu. Fast serving, good choice of wine.