South Karelian Museum
Focusing on the history of Lappeenranta – and of its two sister towns, Käkisalmi (Priozersk) and Vyborg, lost across the Russian border...
South Karelia Art Museum
This art museum has a permanent collection of modern paintings by Karelian and other Finnish artists. A large part of the space is...
Every summer around 30 sand artists from Finland and abroad gather to build the Hiekkalinna, a giant themed ‘sandcastle’ made from some...
High-quality dishes at this cosy spot range from fresh fish to horse steaks and seasonal delicacies like chanterelle soup. Thin, crispy...
Standing guard above the harbour, this hulking hilltop fortification was begun by the Swedes and finished by the Russians in the late 18th century. Today it contains galleries, craft workshops and fascinating museums, including the history-focused South Karelian Museum , Cavalry Museum and South Karelia Art Museum . Its Orthodox Church , Finland’s oldest church, was completed in 1785 by Russian soldiers. Pick up the tourist office's free walking guide The Fortress of Lappeenranta .