Transport Vyborg

Distance from St Petersburg 174km

Direction Northwest

Travel Time Around two to three hours

Bus Hourly buses (2Vi hours, R120) run between St Petersburg and Vyborg from the bus stop to one side of Finland Station (Finlyandsky vokzal). Train Suburban trains (three hours) run roughly every hour from Finland Station to Vyborg's train station. It's best to take the express services (R182, two hours, three times a day) or a Helsinki-bound train, all of which stop in Vyborg.

as protection against the Swedes and named after Empress Anna Ivanovna. It is not open to the public. Behind this is the Park Monrepo Reserve (ยงยง 81378-20539), a massive expanse of wooded and lake-dotted parkland. Laid out in a classical style, the wild forested park is packed with curved bridges, arbours and sculptures.

Vyborg is crossed by lovely streets and dotted with centuries-old churches, bell towers and cathedrals, especially along and off Krepost-naya ul. Look also for the many Style Moderne buildings that are in a similar state of disrepair. A short walk from the castle takes you to the crumbling 15th-century flock Tower (Krepsotnaya ul 5; admission R30; S Sat & Sun May-Sep). Climb to the top - if you dare - for fantastic views of the fortress and of the ruins of the nearby Transfiguration Cathedral (Spaso-Preobrazhensky Sobor, 1787). It is ruins - literally - but open around the clock if you want to climb around some crumbly walls.

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