Trongzund Fort

Vysotsk, Russia

The fortress of Trongzund (or Trångsund, lit. narrow strait) was built by the order of Peter the Great in the beginning of the 18th century after the Tsardom of Russia had captured the area from Sweden during the Great Northern War. In 1812, Trongzund was included by Alexander I into the newly created Grand Duchy of Finland.



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Pionerskaya 2, Vysotsk, Russia
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Founded: c. 1710
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia

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Alexander Shestakov (2 years ago)
There is no museum. All structures are heavily ruined. There are a couple of lighthouses. There are signs and a diagram of the structures. Interesting, but I would like more information. The landscapes are beautiful. Vyborg is visible on a clear day
Konstantin Lebedev (2 years ago)
Trongzund fortress. This is not Novgorod or Izborsk, but also not Gdov, where 1.5 stones remained ... This is a building from 1864-68, when the fortresses were already bursting into the rocks and soil, so you can't expect much :-(, you walk along the hills, inside Something remained, something on the surface - there is an impression of scale, satisfaction - no.
Nelly Friesen (2 years ago)
Cool place. Old abandoned fortress. It can be interesting to climb for a couple of hours. many underground passages and rooms. there are always few people. no one in bad weather
Елизавета Балыбердина (2 years ago)
An unusual, unique place: from here you can see the entrance to the port of Vyborg, over one of the capes even Olaf's tower rises, the views of gentle rocks peeping out of the water and pines growing on them reminds Finland, and due to the low accessibility, that is, the remoteness from St. Petersburg, the fortress is not dirty and not very ruined. You can get inside, equipped with flashlights, or climb up the grassy slope. The most convenient way to get to Trongsund is on your own, by car: along the old Vyborg highway or along the Primorskoye highway. The train takes longer and more dreary: either directly to Popovo is almost four hours, or first to Vyborg by "swallow" and from there by local train to Popovo, plus and another 12.5 km from Popovo to Vysotsk (on foot or by hitchhiking).
Bair Irincheev (2 years ago)
A great fortification from the 19th century but in a decaying condition. Some underground galleries are dangerous due to bricks falling from the ceiling vaults.
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