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Russia – Leningrad Oblast (Vyborg, Sosnovy Bor, Gatchina)

What to do here
 World Heritage Sites
  • Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Beryozovye Islands
  • Estonia-Russia
  • Finland-Russia
  • Karelia Isthmus (Vyborg; formerly Finnish)
  • Narva/Ivangorod
  • Russian islands in Gulf of Finland
 Railway, Metro, Funiculars, Cable Cars
  • Allegro
  • Oktyabrskaya Railway (Murmansk-Moscow)
  • Sapsan
  • Lake Ladoga: Path of Life Museum
  • Vyborg: House Museum of Lenin
  • Vyborg: Military Museum of the Karelian Isthmus
 Castles, Palaces, Forts
  • Gatchina: Gatchina Palace
  • Gatchina: Priory Palace
  • Ivangorod: Ivangorod Fortress
  • Shlisselburg: Shlisselburg Fortress
  • Vyborg: Vyborg Castle
  • Drink kvas
  • Drink vodka with locals
  • Experience (at least) a night on a train
  • Play/hear balalaika
  • Sauna (plus swim in lake/river!)
  • Taste Pelmeni
  • Taste Pirog
  • Taste Pirozhki
  • Wear an ushanka
  • Kokorevo: Osinovetsky Lighthouse
  • Storozhno: Storozhenskiy Light
 The Dark Side
  • Kirovsk: Break of the Siege of Leningrad Museum
Vyborg - once Finnish, now Russian
Ivangorod, Russia