Top Choice Fortress in Lappeenranta


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 museum…
Top Choice Public Art in Lappeenranta


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 Wil…
Museum in Lappeenranta

Cavalry Museum

The cavalry are honoured as Lappeenranta’s greatest heroes and the former garrison (the town’s oldest building) now houses this museum in their honour. It tells how this band of red-trousered warriors began as the f…
Museum in Lappeenranta

Wolkoff Home Museum

Built in 1826, this lovingly preserved Russian home was owned by the merchant Wolkoff family from 1872 to 1986, and its 10 rooms have been maintained as they were in the late 1800s. The house is visitable only by 40…
Church in Lappeenranta

Lappee Church

Diagonally across the park from its bell tower, the adorable wooden Lappee Church was built in 1794 to an unusual ‘double cruciform’ floor plan, the only one of its kind in Finland. South of the church stretches the…
Museum in Lappeenranta

South Karelian Museum

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 nostalgia, with older Finns sometimes …
Beach in Lappeenranta


On the lakeshore this sandy beach has an outdoor swimming pool, beach volleyball and the Myllysaari beach sauna. Hardy souls can swim here in winter when two pools are cut into the ice.
Museum in Lappeenranta

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 devoted to temporary exhibitions, often featuring local artists.
Church in Lappeenranta

Orthodox Church

This is Finland’s oldest church. It was completed in 1785 by Russian soldiers and features a glittering iconostasis and other saintly portraits.