Founded in the 13th century as a Swedish fortpost, Vyborg was subsequently often fought over by Russia and Sweden. Peter the Great captured the city for Russia in 1710 but as it was later made part of the Grand Duchy of Finland. It then found itself part of an independent Finland following the Revolution and became known as Viipuri. It was brought back under Russian control following the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. Thanks to its varied history, the city has a very interesting mix of Swedish, Russian, Finnish and Soviet architecture. It also has the typical Karelian natural blend of forest, rocks and water, which is further beautifully landscaped in the city’s charming Monrepo (Mon Repos) Park.