South Karelian Museum
This hulking fortification, standing guard above the harbour, was begun by the Swedes and finished by the Russians in the late 18th...
In summer, around 30 sand artists from Finland and abroad gather to build the Hiekkalinna, a giant themed ‘sandcastle’ that uses about...
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...
A wonderfully cosy atmosphere and friendly service provide a good backdrop for the high-quality grub served here. There’s a good...
Lonely Planet review
Focusing on the history of Lappeenranta – and of its two sister towns, Käkisalmi (Priozersk) and Vyborg, lost across the Russian border in 1939, this museum is a source of much wistful nostalgia, with older Finns sometimes moved to tears by how effectively its exhibits bring Vyborg back to life.