South Karelian Museum
Focusing on the history of Lappeenranta – and of its two sister towns, Käkisalmi (Priozersk) and Vyborg, lost across the Russian border...
Standing guard above the harbour, this hulking hilltop fortification was begun by the Swedes and finished by the Russians in the late...
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...
High-quality dishes at this cosy spot range from fresh fish to horse steaks and seasonal delicacies like chanterelle soup. Thin, crispy...
Every summer around 30 sand artists from Finland and abroad gather to build the Hiekkalinna, a giant themed ‘sandcastle’ made from some three million kilograms of sand. Previous themes have included dinosaurs, a Wild West scene incorporating a gigantic steam train, and 'outer space' featuring ET and Darth Vader. Kids' entertainment here includes small carousel-style rides.