Lappeenranta Fortress, Lappeenranta

4.4
#1 of 10 in Museums in South Karelia
Rising over the shores of Lake Saimaa, Lappeenranta Fortress was erected to defend the town and guard the eastern border of Finland. However, after less than 20 years the fortification failed, when Russian troops took hold of the area and turned it into their own enclave. Today you can still see their Orthodox church at the site, as well as former barracks and prisons. Most of the buildings are now home to museums and galleries, and some house art workshops and cafes. A walk around the old town reveals structures that date back to the 1770s, including colorful wooden and stone houses typical of the region. Arrange to visit Lappeenranta Fortress and other attractions in Lappeenranta using our Lappeenranta online visit planner .
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  • There is a very interesting place with cobblestone streets and a very handsome Orthodox church. Small cafés and a popular eatery. South Karelia Province Museum, with Vyborg in miniature. In summer, there is also a summer theatre, which is located in the same area. Nice views from the top of the harbour and Lake Saimaa. Outside the gate, a monument to the petty wrath of the war.
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  • The fortress stands on the shore of the lake, it can be reached on foot from the city center (20 minutes leisurely step). The fortress is an earthen tree, overgrown with grass, as well as the remains of structures. In summer on your fortress a lot of holidaymakers, arrange picnics.
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  • Amazing views, old buildings and lots of history. Great family day out.
  • Beautiful place. You can see Lake Saimaa down. History is everywhere.
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