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fortress free, adult/child combined museum ticket €8.50/free
Opening hours
10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm Sat & Sun Jun-late Aug, 11am-5pm Tue-Sun late Aug-May
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This hulking fortification, standing guard above the harbour, was begun by the Swedes and finished by the Russians in the late 18th century. Today it has a quaint village vibe, with buildings transformed into galleries, craft workshops and fascinating museums.

There are walking tours (€5, one hour) of the fortress on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July and August, leaving from the harbour (in front of S/S Suvi-Saimaa ). To go your own way, grab a copy of the walking guide The Fortress of Lappeenranta (free), available from the tourist offices.