There are many historical sites in Vyborg, such as Viking rooks and the panorama of Vyborg Castle, which we will definitely visit and take pictures of. But not all tourists have time to see the other side of Vyborg. There are art galleries and even appeared its own Hermitage, where valuable exhibits are kept. On this trip, we will also learn why Vyborg became a city of sculptures.
There is an eventful day ahead. We will see historical panoramas of Vyborg embankment and its art galleries. The main event will be a visit to Vyborg Hermitage and sculpture garden.
We are leaving St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia. But do not despair, we have not seen everything yet, today we are waiting for Vyborg, where there are also many sights in the art field. Original monuments, museums, sculptures...
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During the revival of interest in landscape gardening culture, during the 1988 sculpture symposium of the RSFSR Union of Artists, it was decided to make many sculptures in Vyborg. The site was ideally suited for this - local grey rapakivi granite from the Renaissance quarry was used for the sculptures. Since then Vyborg differs from other cities by the abundance of sculptures. We will visit the Sculpture Garden, on which 11 sculptors worked. One of the sculptures, which is part of this series, but is not located here, we will see a little later. It's The Boy with the Cat.
We have finally reached the main attraction, the bay's waterfront, which is called Salakka-Lakti in Finnish. Here you can find famous drakkars (rooks). They remind us of the Viking culture that stayed here in the distant past. From here you can also enjoy a beautiful view of the Vyborg Castle.
Now it's time to visit the Big Bucket Bay waterfront. There are many attractions to be found here. Stone statues of a boy with a cat and an octopus are often a meeting place and there are always plenty of people willing to take pictures. Hall's anchors are set in memory of the sailors who have been here.
Let's get acquainted with the works of artists, photographers and sculptors from Vyborg, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and other cities within the walls of Art Hall Gallery. It is very common here to have non-standard exhibitions. Learn more about the gallery's current exhibitions at [website](http://erm.vbgcity.ru/art-holl). There is a restriction on access to the museum: no more than 5 people are allowed in a group.
Now we will visit the main museum of the city - "Hermitage-Vyborg". It is an art museum of collections from the State Hermitage Fund. This museum appeared relatively recently - in 2010 and took the place of the former Museum of Fine Arts and School of Painting - the creation of Finnish architect Uno Werner Ulberg. There is a restriction on access to the museum: not more than 5 visitors per session are allowed: 12:00 – 12:40, 13:30 – 14:10, 14:30 – 15:10.
And we'll have lunch in a café with a medieval name. The meat dishes on the menu are Excalibur, Braveheart and Cave of the Giant Morolt.
In the museum-reserve "Vyborg Castle" you can not only learn about the history of the city, but also participate in master-classes on [pottery](http://vyborgmuseum.org/todo/master-classes/pottery/) and [blacksmithing](http://vyborgmuseum.org/todo/master-classes/alchemy/) crafts, as well as a session on [contemporary art](http://vyborgmuseum.org/todo/master-classes/modern-art/) at the children's center. Modern art classes are held on weekends from 12 to 17, pottery and blacksmithing until 17:30, be sure to sign up in advance. More information and contacts for booking at [website](http://vyborgmuseum.org/todo/master-classes/modern-art/).
In the evening we will visit an unusual monument. This is a reconstructed tram car by sculptor Sergei Astapov. The monument commemorates the tram tracks that were in use from 1912 to 1957. Now there is a coffee shop right inside the tram, where we can have a cup of coffee and enjoy the unusual interior and atmosphere of the old times.
The family restaurant Veresk is located in the middle of a pine forest, overlooking a beautiful clear lake. Here they cook very tasty dishes and know how to serve them beautifully.
Our day is coming to an end. Behind an unforgettable journey to Vyborg, a historic city that we remember as a true modern centre of art and creativity.