On the way to Vyborg we will make a short but important stop at the 135 km long Mannerheim Line defensive structures hidden in the forests of the Karelian Isthmus. Fierce battles took place in these places during the Soviet-Finnish "Winter" War.
Well, we're in Vyborg! Let's start with a tasting of the pretzel of the same name, the recipe of which has come to us from the Franciscan monks themselves. Let's look into a cozy shop of souvenirs of local masters and in combination with a cafe with a redheaded owner - a cat Kuzma Voldemarovich, who maybe will even keep us company over a cup of coffee. For a note: at the shop you can book an individual tour of the city.
We are visiting the oldest square in Vyborg, which, by the way, has not changed externally since the 17th century. A photo in memory of the founder of the Vyborg Castle, Swedish Marshal Torgils Knuttson, and we actually go to the castle.
Here it is, the main attraction of the city - the castle, founded by the Swedes in the 13th century. Curious fact - this is the only castle on the water in Russia! In addition, it is also fully preserved despite numerous sieges. Men try on exact copies of medieval armor, ladies - dresses of those times in the Knight's Hall. We continue in the courtyard, shooting with archery or crossbow. If you are lucky enough to be here during the last weekend of July, you can take part in a major annual knight tournament. Important: the lock is closed on Mondays.
It's time to eat in an atmospheric tavern, as befitting a real hungry knight. The place is really very authentic, from the dishes on offer to the burning candles around and the waiters in antique costumes. Get ready for the popularity of the restaurant, and to us at the table, as in the old days, someone else can get hooked.
We go in search of peace and inspiration to the island of Tverdysh, in the picturesque park of Montrepo (translated from Fr. Mon Repos - "my peace"). The park is known for its unique granite landscape. Once upon a time there was a glacier that suffered several earthquakes. We can take a walk in the park by ourselves or with a guide. The "Amazing Nature of Montrepo" tour (1.5 hours) is suitable for families with children. More information can be found on the park's official website. Important: the Montrepo Park is under partial reconstruction until the autumn of 2020. It is possible that some areas of the park will be closed.
Vyborg Castle in presets is especially good. We will see it for ourselves by walking along the quay and looking at it from a new perspective. Let's stop at the Viking drakkars - the 24-meter ships that got Vyborg after the filming of "And on the rocks grow trees", and hurry up to the restaurant.
We deserve a hearty dinner. That's exactly what we specialize in here. The emphasis on the meat dishes on the menu, as you can guess from the name. If the weather allows, we can stay on the cozy terrace. The atmosphere of the Middle Ages is spectacular.