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Vytegra

Vytegra

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Vytegra

Vytegra is located in the northwestern part of the Vologda region. It is the administrative center of Vytegorsky district. The city is located on the Vytegra River and the Volga-Baltic Canal, 15 kilometers south of the last exit to Lake Onega. The city authorities seek to increase the tourist attractiveness of the city by opening new museums and attractions.

Visiting the city for tourist purposes is actually possible in two ways. The first one is a trip by car through the settlements of the Vologda region and Karelia, as well as a trip to Lake Onega. The second method involves arriving in Vytegra by water, for example, on a personal yacht or cruise ship. However, despite the location of the city on the main cruise route between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Vytegra is not a traditional stopping point. The exception may be small ships, targeted at Russian tourists.

 

 

 

History of Vytegra

It was first mentioned in 1496 as Vytegorsky Pogost (Вытегорский Погост). Since 1710, it was known as Vyangi (Вянги), located at the confluence of the Vytegra and the Vyangi Rivers.

In the course of the administrative reform carried out in 1708 by Peter the Great, Vyangi was included into Ingermanland Governorate (known from 1710 as Saint Petersburg Governorate). In 1715, a shipyard was founded on the Vytegra River upstream from Vyangi, which remained in operation until 1847.

In 1773, Vyangi was chartered and renamed Vytegra and in 1776 Vytegorsky Uyezd was established as one of the uyezds of Olonets Province in the newly established Novgorod Viceroyalty. A sequence of administrative reforms followed. In 1781, Olonets Oblast was transferred to Saint Petersburg Governorate, and in 1784, it was transformed into an independent administrative unit, Olonets Viceroyalty. In 1785, Vytegorsky Uyezd was abolished and merged into Pudozhsky Uyezd. In 1799, Olonets Viveroyalty was abolished and divided between Novgorod and Arkhangelsk Governorates. Vytegorsky Uyezd returned to Novgorod Governorate. In 1801, Olonets Governorate was established, and Vytegorsky Uyezd became one of its several uyezds.

In 1922, Olonets Governorate was abolished and Vytegra was transferred to Petrograd Governorate (later Leningrad Oblast). On August 1, 1927, the uyezds in Leningrad Oblast were abolished and Vytegorsky District with the administrative center in Vytegra was established as a part of Lodeynoye Pole Okrug of Leningrad Oblast. On September 23, 1937, it was transferred to newly established Vologda Oblast.

During World War II, Finnish troops occupied the western part of Oshtinsky District and in October 1941, prepared an advance to Vytegra. The Finnish advance was stopped by the Red Army, but the occupation continued until June 1944. Vytegra was under threat for these two and a half years, but was never occupied.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips