The history of the city of Vyborg dates back until the year 1293, when the Vyborg Castle was founded to protect the nearby busy trading centre. In the 1470s, stone walls were built around the town to protect it against attacks. The wall was also provided with defensive towers; the famous Vyborg blast is supposed to have happened next to one of these on 30 November 1495. According to a folk tale, the blast scared off Russians who were about to conquer the town.
Before the Winter War, Vyborg was Finland’s second largest city by population. It was the commercial centre of eastern Finland, which was famous for its internationality. The city was also known for its culture and education, and its theatre and music scene was highly appreciated. Vyborg was a popular tourist destination on both domestic and international levels.
You can also get to know Vyborg, its attractions and boroughs on the website VirtuaaliViipuri.