Saimaa Canal, Lappeenranta

A visit to Saimaa Canal does not require a Russian visa, but does require a passport, as nowadays it's actually Russian territory. Located along the Russian border, the canal was leased to Finland for a few decades following the country's independence, but in 2012 it reverted back to Russian control. The canal itself is used for transport between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Saimaa in the "Finnish Land of Lakes," but walking and biking trails follow the waterway through scenic woods and meadows. Book a boat tour at the canal, which allows you to reach all the locks quickly. You can learn about the importance of the canal at the museum near the docks. Snacks and drinks are served on the tour boats, or opt for the cafeteria inside the museum if you get hungry. Plan your Saimaa Canal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lappeenranta using our Lappeenranta travel route site .
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  • An interesting and varied, always one of the charming though would be how many times. Saimaa will never let you down.
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  • One of the unique and monumental buildings. Under the leadership of Governor Menshikova, work began on the construction of the Canal. In memory of this event, in a park on the shore of the channel showed two monuments on the Finnish and Russian languages. Very nicely here, especially during the summer months
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  • El Faro is doing in the summer, according to the schedule, the Canal Cruises. The ship is so small, that the channel's rise and fall.
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