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Top Choice Fortress in Lappeenranta

Linnoitus

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

Hiekkalinna

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…
Top Choice Finnish in Lappeenranta

Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar

This grand old-world restaurant utilises organic produce and seasonal ingredients to create gourmet Finnish cuisine with adventurous flavour combinations like reindeer tartare with Dijon mustard ice cream, and duck …
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…
River in Imatra

Imatra Rapids

The 1929 construction of Imatra's hydroelectric complex (Finland’s largest) dammed the river, but the watery wonder lives on with the spectacular 20-minute Rapids Show, when the dam is opened to a rousing son et lum…
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…
Karelian in Imatra

LinnaSali

Inside the landmark Imatran Valtionhotelli, with front-row view of the rapids from the stone terrace, Imatra's most romantic restaurant serves artfully prepared local cuisine (beef liver with fig jam and crushed lin…
Russian in Lappeenranta

Kasino

Salmon blini (pancakes) and and zakuska (light buffet) are among the Russian options served at this venerable century-old wooden building but the rest of the menu travels the globe, from steak with cognac cream sauc…
French in Imatra

Buttenhoff

Cooking up specialities from France (Burgundy escargot) and Russia (blini with caviar), this 1st-floor restaurant also creates hybrid French-Russian dishes such as pan-fried perch à la Russe. On the ground floor and…