Die Stadt Wyborg in der historischen Region Karelien

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Embankment © Sergey Galchenkov

Embankment © Sergey Galchenkov

Vyborg is a town in Leningrad Oblast, situated on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Bay of Vyborg, 130 kilometers (81 mi) to the northwest of St. Petersburg and 38 kilometers (24 mi) south from Russia’s border with Finland, where the Saimaa Canal enters the Gulf of Finland. Population: 80,000. The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds and has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when it was taken by the Soviet Union from Finland during World War II.

Vyborg’s most prominent landmark is the Swedish built castle, started in the 13th century and extensively reconstructed in 1891–1894. The Round Tower and the Rathaus Tower date from the mid-16th century. The Viipuri Library by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto is a reference point in the history of modern architecture.

Statue of Lenin at Red Square © Thalion77 Town Hall Tower © Sergey Galchenkov Statue of Torkel Knutsson, the city's founder © Sergey Galchenkov Round Tower © Sergey Galchenkov Vyborg Panorama - Central part of the city from the tower of St. Olaf, Vyborg Castle © Andrew Antonov Vyborg Castle © Sergey Galchenkov Vyborg Castle © Miraceti A view of Vyborg from the castle tower © Miraceti Embankment © Sergey Galchenkov
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Vyborg Panorama - Central part of the city from the tower of St. Olaf, Vyborg Castle © Andrew Antonov
There are also Russian fortifications, completed by 1740, as well as the monuments to Peter I (1910) and Torkel Knutsson. Tourists are shown the “Lenin house”, where the Russian revolutionary prepared the Bolshevik revolution during his stay in Viipuri in September–October 1917.

Sprawling along the heights adjacent to the Gulf of Finland is Mon Repos, one of the most spacious English parks in Eastern Europe. The park was laid out on behest of its owner, Baron Ludwig Heinrich von Nikolay, at the turn of the 19th century. Most of the garden structures were designed by the architect Giuseppe Antonio Martinelli. Previously, the estate belonged to the future king Frederick I of Württemberg (Maria Fyodorovna’s brother), who called it Charlottendahl in honor of his second wife.

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