Many people know that near St. Petersburg there are amazing corners that are no less interesting than the most famous sights of the Northern capital. The lands of the Leningrad Region are a real storehouse of historical and natural, man-made and miraculous monuments, some of which are worth seeing at least once in a lifetime.
The small town has preserved the old Swedish charm, epochs and cultures are intertwined here, attractions are literally at every step. Here is the only well-preserved Vyborg castle in Russia - a monument of medieval Western European military architecture. And the views of the old Vyborg from the observation deck, which is located under the dome of the tower of St. Olaf, the opening is delicious.
Arriving in Vyborg for a walk, it would be a "crime" not to visit Mon Repos Park. His landscapes are unique and evoke inspiration and peace. One of the symbols of the city is the Round Tower. Now there is a historic restaurant, its atmosphere transports the restaurant's visitors along the river of time into distant eras.
You should definitely visit the Central Market, its building was built in the 19th century, and the city's trade center is still located here. Here you can buy anything you want, including a memory magnet.
The oldest residential building in Russia is also located in Vyborg! The so-called "House of the Citizen" is ranked among the buildings of the 16th century. Today this house looks rather unpresentable, but remains residential.
The most beautiful square in the city is the Old Town Hall Square. It is imperative to walk along it!
Everyone probably knows the translation - the key-city. This fortress was founded in 1323. Located in the Leningrad region, just 50 km from St. Petersburg. The town is very small, but tourists from all over Russia and the world come here. This town has a rich history and you can see a lot here: the Oreshek fortress, the monument to Peter I, the monument to Savva Raguzinsky, the Staroladozhsky canal, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Chapel of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the Nikolskaya Church, the Museum of the History of the city of Shlisselburg, the Museum - diorama "Break blockade of Leningrad ".
Not all tourists know that near the Northern capital there are beautiful and tempting corners of nature that can be as interesting as the famous sights of St. Petersburg. Within a radius of several hundred kilometers there are ancient estates, ancient fortresses of Novgorod Rus, the ruins of holy temples, which will delight seekers of antiquity and hunters for historical artifacts. Nature lovers are able to pleasantly amaze the picturesque places of the Leningrad region, delightful landscapes and forests where rare animals and birds are found. Extremists will be delighted with caves, turbulent rivers, waterfalls and cliffs. And all these wonders are located on the territory of the Leningrad Region. We talk about them and how to get to them below.
The name of Lake Khepojärvi on old maps can be found as "Gepojärvi", which is translated from Finnish as "Horse Lake". The reservoir is located on the Karelian Isthmus in the Vsevolozhsk region, in the northeastern part of the village of Toksovo. The depth of the lake from the average to the maximum mark varies within the range: 4.1 - 12.5 m. The lake is separated from Lake Kavgolovskoye by a narrow kam ridge 4-5 km long. Khepojarvi is located east of the Kavgolovo station, 2 km away from it. From the train station you can walk or drive up by car. On three sides Lake Khepojärvi is surrounded by hills covered mainly with pine forests. You can drive up to the lake by car only from the southwest.
The bottom of the lake is sandy in places, muddy in places. Its shores are rich in vegetation, and the local places are favorable for fishing. Also, fresh coniferous forests around the lake make recreation here very attractive for the townspeople. There is a beach in the southern part of the lake; in winter, tourists come to the ski lodge.
Electric trains run from St. Petersburg from the Finlyandsky railway station to the Kavgolovo station, from where it is 2 km to the lake. It is easy to walk from the train station. By car, you need to go to Toksovo, where turn right onto Tea Lake Street and go to the western bank of the Khepojärvi. In a straight line from the Leningradskoe highway, the lake is on the right - 400 m. If you drive further along the Leningradskoe highway, there are dirt roads to the right to the northern shore. It is better to approach Khepojärvi from the south-west, on the north side the roads are bad.
More about the most famous and popular lakes of the Leningrad Region
The forest is located on the territory of 4 eastern districts of the Leningrad region and covers an area of almost 190 thousand hectares. The park was created by nature itself and is removed from the bustle of the city and industry. This is an ecologically clean corner, an open-air nature museum, a land of majestic pines and delicious berries, rare birds and unique animals, fresh springs and delightful lakes.
The Vepsian forest is ranked among the specially protected natural objects, because unique ecosystems, as well as the rarest species of birds and animals, have been preserved here in their original form. Most of the representatives of the Vepsian flora and fauna are listed in the Red Book.
The reserve is located on the highest part of the Leningrad region, and from here originate dozens of large and small rivers feeding the Baltic and Caspian Seas. There are many amazingly beautiful lakes here, which were formed by filling cracks in rocks with water. The water in them is crystal clear and cold even on the hottest day.
The Vepsian forest is divided into 7 reserves, of which 3 are typical for this area, and 4 are absolutely unique. Here you can see relict forests, "hanging" lakes, picturesque waterfalls, oligotrophic bogs, pristine rivers and springs.
Since ancient times, this territory has been inhabited by the people - Vepsians, who treated their land with care. Therefore, the Vepsian forest looks as if it was not touched by a human hand. And he got his name from the name of this small Finno-Ugric people. Vepsians have their own unique culture, language and traditions, live in communities, arrange night matchmaking and believe in a brownie.