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Castle to Castle

The Castle to Castle network takes you into the heart of both the East’s and the West’s colourful history. Sweden (with Finland as part of it) and Russia fought for centuries with each other causing their boarders to be intensively fortified with castles and fortresses. The rule of the castles changed many times, but today they represent the common cultural history and form a network of valuable and interesting cultural sites.

On these pages you will find information about Finnish and Russian castles and fortresses and their services to help you to plan your trip.


Castles and Fortresses

  • Raseborg Castle

    The castle of Raasepori was used between the 1370’s to the 1550’s as the administrative and military center of western Uusimaa area.
  • Taavetti

    The fortified town of Taavetti was founded in 1773 at the crossroads of the Vyborg high and the road leading south to Hamina. Taavetti is the main population centre of the present-day municipality of Luumäki.
  • Kuusisto Castle

    The ruins of Kuusisto Bishop’s castle along with its surroundings, network of roads, old field crops, and ancient monument of Kappelimäki hill form one of the most significant historical sites and cultural landscapes in Finland.
  • Gustavsvärn fortification

    The island fortification of Gustavsvärn in Hankoniemi is a part of a Swedish line of sea fortifications dating back to the late 18th century. Inside the walls of the ruins, there are two lighthouses.
  • St Anna's Crown

    St Anna's Crown (Annenkron, Anna's fortress) is located in Vyborg, to the north of Vyborg castle.
  • Kastelholm Castle

    Kastelholm Castle is in Sund, Åland. Construction of the castle started at the end of 14th century.
  • Fortress of Bomarsund

    Construction of the fortress started in 1832. Bomarsund is in Sund in Åland.
  • Järvitaipale

    Järvitaipale was built as part of the new defence system for St. Petersburg. It is located in South Karelia region.
  • Brahelinna

    The Old Brahelinna of Ristiina dates back to the 17th century. Brahelinna is part of the Ristiina village, which boasts national significance as a cultural heritage environment.
  • Liikkala fortress

    Liikkala Fort was built in 1791 – 1792 as part of the new fortification chain protecting St. Petersburg. The ramparts of the fort are a prominent feature in the surrounding village landscape.