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...
In summer, around 30 sand artists from Finland and abroad gather to build the Hiekkalinna, a giant themed ‘sandcastle’ that uses about...
A wonderfully cosy atmosphere and friendly service provide a good backdrop for the high-quality grub served here. There’s a good...
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.