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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

  • Olavinlinna Castle

    Olavinlinna is the main historical monument and symbol of the city of Savonlinna. 150.000 tourists visit the castle every year to discover its colourful history.
  • Lappeenranta Fortress

    The fortress of Lappeenranta forms a fortified town area with a grid plan laid out according to European ideals of fortification and protected by surrounding bastions. At present, the fortress is a living culturally oriented part of Lappeenranta.
  • Kyminlinna Fortress

    The Kyminlinna Fortress was planned by the Russians in the 1790s as part of a system of defences for St. Petersburg. Finland’s only caponier fortress that has survived intact.
  • Hamina Fortress

    The fortress of Hamina is one of the world’s few star-shaped fortresses. The fortress still forms the centre of the city of Hamina. It was built by the Swedes in the 18th century.
  • Utti Fortress

    Fort Utti is in Kouvola in the Kymenlaakso region. It was built by the Russians in 1791 at the junction of several routes of communication. There is free year-round access to Fort Utti for visitors.
  • Koporye Fortress

    Classified as a federal monument, Koporye Fortress is located in the village of Koporye, Lomonosov District, Leningrad Oblast, 24 km from the town of Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Oblast.
  • Vyborg Castle

    The castle is Russia’s only monument of West European military architecture which evolved from the late 13th till the late 19th century.
  • Ivangorod Fortress

    Ivangorod Fortress, a monument of Russian defense architecture dating back to the 15th – 18th cc., is situated on the right bank of the Narova River, 12 km from the place where it flows into the Gulf of Finland.
  • Oreshek Fortress

    Oreshek is situated on the small Orekhovy Island in the River Neva's outflow from Lake Ladoga.
  • Priozersk Fortress

    Korela Fortress is situated at the mouth of the Vuoksi River where it flows into Lake Ladoga. The fortress is in the city of Priozersk, 140 km from St. Petersburg.
  • Ladoga Fortress

    Old Ladoga Fortress is the complex of fortifications dating back to 9th – 16th cc., which partially survived and were discovered by archeologists in 19th – 20th cc. They are located in the central part of Staraya Ladoga town.
  • Peter and Paul Fortress

    The Peter and Paul Fortress has played the central role in the structure of the city for three centuries.