Lappeenranta - FURTHER INFORMATION
Lappeenranta - Lappeenranta visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lappeenranta' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Karelia.
Lappeenranta lies on the eastern edge of lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Russian border. Because of this, the city has changed hands several times between the two powers over the centuries. It is also equidistant from both Helsinki and St. Petersburg and a popular tourism destination due to the surrounding lakes and forests. It is also an important university city in Finland, being home to both the Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
In the 16th Century, Lappeenranta began as a market town, built to protect the border between Sweden-Finland and Russia, who have fought each other for centuries. The Old Town of Lappeenranta still lies within the confines of the fortress, and includes some of the main landmarks like the Orthodox Church of Lappeenranta (the oldest Orthodox church in Finland), the South-Karelia Art Museum and the Museum of South Carelia.
Lappeenranta - Sights and Tourist AttractionsLappeenranta is situated in beautiful countryside, surrounded by lakes, rivers and forests. The main tourist attractions in the area include:
- Lappeenranta Fortress - established in the mid-17th century, the fortress contains the Old Town.
- Orthodox Church of Lappeenranta - the oldest Orthodox Church in Finland housing the 200 year old Icon of Pokrova.
- South-Karelia Art Museum - contains a collection of Finnish art from the mid-19th century to the present day.
- Museum of South Carelia - contains the permanent On the Border exploring the location of Lappeenranta between East and West and other collections.
- Lappee Church - a double cruciform wooden church that was originally built in 1794 situated in the centre of the city.
- Sandcastle - each year sand sculptures build massive sand castles on the northern end of the harbour area.
- Lake Saimaa and The Saimaa Canal - take a cruise across the lake and up the canal all the way to Russia and the Bay of Finland.
- Harbour area - includes the fortress, parks and Myllysaari beach as well as cafes and restaurants.
- Winter Sports - Lappeenranta has vast cross country skiing routes through the forests and ice skating in the city bay.
- Myllysaari Recreation Area - includes various sports facilities, rowing, cannoeing and shallow beaches ideal for children.
Lappeenranta Region Tourist Information
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