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Introducing Imatra

The raging torrent of Imatra's waterfall was once the prime tourist attraction in 19th century Finland, but a legacy of wars and industrial development has removed some of the city's charm. The rapids were harnessed for hydroelectricity in 1929, but still turned on regularly in summer: a spectacular sight. Otherwise Imatra, about 40km northwest of Lappeenranta, has little to offer, though a characterful hotel and a loveable restaurant makes it a handy stop. You can also cross into Russia from here.

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