Spirit of the Middle Ages in the North of the Leningrad Region – Road.Travel

Spirit of the Middle Ages in the North of the Leningrad Region

Road Trip Route. Corela Fortress Museum, The Church of St. Andrew on Vuoks, Lutheran Kirch, Market square and ancient streets of Vyborg, Burger Manor, Vyborg Castle, The ruins of the Old Cathedral, Museum of Local Lore in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.

This trip is suitable for those who want to immerse themselves in history and feel the spirit of the Middle Ages. During the trip you will learn everything about the fortress Korela, visit the medieval town Vyborg, where many unique historical and architectural monuments have been preserved: Vyborg Castle, the oldest residential building of the XV century, the City Hall building, the Clock Tower, the burger manor, the ruins of the Old Cathedral, the market building and the Round Tower, visit Lutheran churches built in the style of Finnish national romanticism, and visit the church, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the only church in the world, built on a very small rocky island. An intense and informative journey awaits you! ** Book hotels along the route with cachebacks up to 10%. At the end of the route you will find a special offer for Mastercard holders!

History and Culture. From: Saint Petersburg

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Corela Fortress, Church of St. Andrew, Kirch.

On the first day of the trip we will visit the fortress in Priozersk, then we will go to the church built on a tiny island and listed in the Guinness Book of Records, and after that we will visit a Lutheran church and go to Vyborg.

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Korela Fortress (Крепость Корела)

The first point of the route is one of the main sights of Priozersk - Corela Fortress. According to historical data, it was founded by the Novgorodians to protect it from the Swedes. Now the fortress is the object of cultural heritage of federal importance. Here you will learn how the fortress was built, who its prisoners were. You will also visit the Powder Cellar, the Exhibition Hall and the Round Tower. Please note! Monday and Tuesday are weekends, the last Thursday of each month is a sanitary day.

Гастрономическое кафе «Точка на карте»

Lunch will be held in a cozy cafe with panoramic windows overlooking the lake. The menu offers dishes of Russian and Scandinavian cuisine and also author's delicacies. Pleasant atmosphere and polite staff will allow you to have a good rest and enjoy your lunch!

Церковь Андрея Первозванного на Вуоксе

You will visit a unique and truly magical place. The Church of St. Andrew is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the only church in the world built on a small rocky island. According to church legend, Apostle Andrew the First-Called visited and baptized people here. To get to the church, you have to walk across the bridge. The temple was built by architect Rotinov Andrey Nikolaevich in 2000. The ideal place to relax from the bustle of the city and enjoy the scenery!


The next point on the route is the real Finnish kirkha. It was built in 1912 by the Finnish architect Josef Stenbek in the style of national romanticism. The material for the construction was granite. Now the building houses a culture house, a shop and a warehouse, and periodically conducts Lutheran services.

Кафе «Крепостная, 5»

It's time for dinner. It's going to be at Vyborg Cafe. The menu offers dishes of Russian and European cuisine. The real Finnish ear is served here!

Набережная Большого Ковша

After dinner you can take a walk along the promenade, get some fresh air and tune in the next day!

Day 2: Sights of Vyborg, Kirch

The second day will begin with a walk around the city, then you'll see the burger manor house and Vyborg Castle, walk through the ruins of the cathedral, and after that you'll visit the Primorsky Local History Museum in Kirch. Your journey will end with dinner at an Asian restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Market Square (Рыночная площадь)

The day will begin with a visit to the market square in Vyborg. The main attraction of the square is the Round Tower. The Round Tower was built in 1547-1550 and served as a defensive structure. Here was signed an agreement between Charles IX and Vasily Shuisky on military assistance of Sweden to Russia - "Vyborg Tract". Now there is a restaurant in the tower building. Another historic building nearby is the market building. It was built by a Finnish-Swedish architect in 1904-1905 in the North Art Nouveau style.

Усадьба Бюргера

You can move on to the burger manor from here. The building was built in XVI century. The mansion includes a stone house and a carriage. The ground floor of the house used to be a workshop and warehouse, the second floor used to be a kitchen and meeting rooms, and the third floor was a sleeping area. Now there is a museum composition and a souvenir shop. The carriage had a stable, hay storage and various equipment, as well as carts. Now there is a restaurant there.

Old Town (Старый город)

You will go back to the Middle Ages and walk the streets of the Old Town. You'll see the oldest residential building of the XV century, Clock Tower, Town Hall, monument to Torgils Knutsson - the founder of Vyborg Castle.

Monument to the Vyborg Tram (Памятник трамваю)

The monument to the Vyborg tram was opened in 2018 and serves as a prototype of the tram that ran in Vyborg in 1912. There is a small coffee shop in the tram, where you can relax, have a cup of coffee and take beautiful pictures.

Vyborg Castle (Выборгский замок)

The Vyborg Castle is also the main attraction of the city. It was built by the Swedes in 1293 during the third Swedish Crusade. Now Vyborg Local Lore Museum is located there, where various household items of that time, photographs, military uniforms, weapons, various documents, instruments of torture and much more are kept! Also on the territory of the castle there is the tower of St. Olaf - the tallest building in Vyborg. You can climb the tower's observation deck, which offers a stunning view of the city. Please note: Monday is a day off.

Славянская трапеза

Lunch will be held in an unusual restaurant with a dungeon-like interior. The menu offers dishes of Russian and European cuisine. Here you can taste the ear in Swiss! Homemade food, polite staff and friendly atmosphere!

Vyborg Old Cathedral (Развалины старого кафедрального собора)

It is worth visiting the oldest cathedral in the city. Alas, for today it has remained only in ruins. It was built in the XV century, and now historians do not know exactly how the cathedral looked. During its history it managed to be both catalytic, and Lutheran, and Orthodox.

Кирха Святой Марии Магдалины

In Primorsk, visit another Northern Art Nouveau kircha, built in 1902-1904, designed by Josef Stenbeck. Now the building of the church houses the Primorsky Museum of Local Lore, which includes several exhibition halls: Finnish fishing village Koivisto, a military exposition, the history of the church building and life of immigrants. On Monday the museum exposition is closed, but nothing will prevent to examine the exterior of the church.


The trip ends with a dinner at an Asian restaurant in St. Petersburg. The chef of the restaurant is Glen Ballis. The menu offers a wide range of Asian dishes: rolls, sashimi, soups, various appetizers, meat and fish dishes, dishes made of noodles and rice, and for dessert you can try ice cream with green tea flavor and much more! The wine list offers a wide range of elite drinks from different countries. **Pay your bill at restaurants of Novikov Group with exclusive discount of 10%. Warn the waiter that you are the holder of the World Elite Mastercard® before receiving the invoice and pay with the World Elite Mastercard®.** **[Full promotion rules](https://www.mastercard.ru/ru-ru/consumer/offers-promotions.html?offer=novikov-group)]**