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Lappeenranta is one of the most beautiful summer towns in Finland, known for friendly Karelian people and the beautiful nature of Lake Saimaa.

Lappeenranta is a town of approximately 72 000 inhabitants in Southeast Finland, on the border between the European Union and Russia. The town offers plenty of services and shopping opportunities as well as interesting sights. Lappeenranta is one of the most beautiful summer cities of Finland, known for friendly Karelian people and beautiful lakeside nature. The Old Town, also called the Fortress, the centre of the city and the harbour are the primary locations for musical and other events in the summertime.

Sights in Lappeenranta

Saimaa Canal

One of the major sights in Southeast part of Finland. The canal was originally opened for traffic in 1856, then rebuilt and reopened in 1963. There is a height difference of 76 m between the sea levels of the Gulf of Finland and Lake Saimaa. There are eight locks in the canal to level this difference.


Visit the Old Town, the original city centre that was established in mid-18th century. Nowadays the Fortress is a popular tourist attraction with restaurants, museums, artist workshops and the oldest orthodox church in Finland.


Finland’s largest sandcastle in Lappeenranta is built every summer. The largest sandcastle in Finland will stand at the harbour in Lappeenranta for the whole summer.

South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum

The South Karelia Museum is the regional museum of South Karelia and its permanent exhibition "On the border", is about the location of Lappeenranta between east and west. Exhibition "Three Karelian Towns" presents the essential phases in the history of Lappeenranta, Vyborg and Käkisalmi (Priozersk). One of the main attractions of the permanent exhibition is the scale model of the town of Vyborg, which features the town as it was at noon on 2 September 1939 when it belonged to Finland: here we see the inhabitants, cars, trams, ships and trains, all going about their everyday business. The total surface of the model is 24 square meters.

The Lappeenranta Art Museum is the regional art museum of south-east Finland. The museum is home to a collection of Finnish art from mid-19th century to the present day.

Ylämaa Gem & Mineral Exhibition

Ylämaa is region of Lappeenranta, located 34km from the centre. Every year Ylämaa hosts The International Ylämaa Gem & Mineral Exhibition, which is the largest and oldest event of its kind in Finland. Ylämaa spectrolite is considered to be the most exquisite gemstone by many jewel experts. It reflects the various tones of Finnish landscape, from golden brown to the darkest blue.

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