The same European spirit
The old town with its cobbled streets, darkened facades, wrought-iron balconies and dilapidated houses of past eras is what it is worth going to Vyborg for. The incredible atmosphere of the terry Middle Ages covers it with a head, although the appearance of the historical center took shape in the 17-19 centuries. This is a real European city with all the architectural “marks”: thick stone walls, fancy signs for souvenir shops and cafes, tiled roofs and pointed towers.
Walk from the Clock Tower to the Market Square, admire the House of the Merchants' Guild of the Holy Spirit, the burgher's manor and the old town hall. Stop by the round tower, which has been adorning the city center for 5 centuries.
The tour will culminate with a visit to the Vyborg Castle, the main city attraction. This powerful bastion is a unique example of Northern European architecture. There are no more such people in Russia.
From the castle, return to Fortress Street – there are many cafes in its vicinity, where you can eat delicious food. If you want a medieval entourage – you are in the “Tavern”, “At Borchard”, “Slavic Meal”, “Bear”. The cuisine there is varied – from Finnish fish soup and Russian cutlets to Austrian schnitzels and roulettes. According to tourists, in these places they cook delicious food, and the price tag is humane.
A more economical option is to refuel with pasta at Signor Tomato, a juicy kebab at Wolff, or pies at Hello, Bread!
The best park
It is not for nothing that Monrepos Landscape Park is called one of the best in Europe. It is there that the harsh northern nature is presented in all its glory. A whole day is not enough to enjoy walks along the steep granite shores and forest paths of this green area. Pavilions, benches, bridges, sculptures are harmoniously inscribed in the natural beauty. Walk along the five-kilometer eco-route and admire all this splendor. You can take pictures literally at every step – there are so bewitching views.
End your day at the August Wah Jazz Café, a place with stylish interiors, stunning views and live music in the evenings. The menu is small, but everything is well prepared. Nearby is the Stary Karetnik, an atmospheric pub with excellent beer. For the most delicious burgers and craft beer, head to the Roof – you won't regret it, tourists are completely delighted with this place.
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In the morning, head to the Vyborg embankment to look at Viking longships and once again see Vyborgsky from afar lock. From there, go to the Central Library. Alvar Aalto. An architectural structure built in the 1930s. and recently renovated, as if taking visitors to a prosperous area of a solid Scandinavian city, where everything and everyone is subject to the principles of “hygge”.
You can end your trip with a visit to the Hermitage-Vyborg exhibition center. Collections from the St. Petersburg Hermitage are often brought there, but there are also unique expositions.1/1