We start the day with breakfast in a small and cozy bakery, which is located in the very building of Vyborg Town Hall. It serves delicious coffee, cheesecakes and offers a huge choice of various cakes and pastries.
The Vyborg Castle is undoubtedly the main attraction of the city and one of the few surviving medieval castles in Russia. It was founded in 1293 during the Third Swedish Crusade. Now the castle houses the Vyborg Local Lore Museum and several exhibitions, constantly hosting concerts, festivals and knightly tournaments. The entrance to the castle is free. Entrance to museums and exhibitions is paid. It is possible to order sightseeing service.
The Tower of St. Olaf is the main tower of the castle and a common symbol of Vyborg. The height above sea level is 75 meters. At the base of the dome there is an observation platform, which you can climb as part of a tour group. From there you will have a breathtaking panorama of the city.
After visiting Vyborg Castle we'll go back to the city. We will walk along the old cobblestone streets and continue exploring the historical sights that the city abounds in. The Clock Tower is the former bell tower of the old cathedral, built in the late 15th century. The cathedral was destroyed by a bomb attack in 1940, and the tower miraculously survived and was recently restored. Surprisingly, after more than 150 years, the clock is still working.
The name of this landmark, also known as "The House of the Townspeople", speaks for itself. According to preliminary estimates, the house was built in the XVI century, that is, it is more than 400 years old. Today there are two residential apartments in the oldest house of Russia, located at 13A, Khrepostnaya Street.
You can have lunch on the same street in a cafe with the same name. Here you can enjoy Russian cuisine: homemade delicious pancakes, saltpans, dumplings.
The sixteenth century building originally housed a school of the Franciscan monastery, then a merchant's house, and at the end of the eighteenth century it was adapted as a Catholic chapel for the parish of St. Hyacinth. Nowadays it houses an art gallery.
This monument of medieval architecture now houses a tourist information center with a museum exposition, as well as a souvenir shop with handmade products.
In 1470-1475 a stone wall of about 2 km long was erected around residential houses of Vyborg. The Town Hall Tower is one of two surviving combat towers of that wall. (The second is the Round Tower on Market Square). After the town grew and the tower lost its military significance, it was transferred to the Town Hall.
In 2018, a monument to the Vyborg Tram that ran through the city from 1912 to 1957 was erected. This life-size model, decorated with sculptures of a conductor and a stowaway boy, today functions as a mini coffee house, which is loved by many people. Everyone can go inside and have a fresh coffee.
Before leaving the city you can have a look at the Old Vyborg Market, which is famous for its large selection of Finnish products. The trip to Vyborg has come to an end. We'll go back to the parking lot, where we left the car and go back to St. Petersburg.
We will continue to explore natural places in the Leningrad region and on the way to St. Petersburg we will visit an interesting place called "Seven Lots" or "Five Lots". Coniferous forest, several lakes with clean water, fresh air and silence - here is a complete idyll with nature.
Dinner in a cafe located in a fishing resort on the lake shore is a perfect end of the trip. Here the cooks cook dishes of traditional Russian, European, Middle Eastern cuisine, but a delicious ear is rightly considered the highlight of the place.