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 nice view over the city gulf. The fortress houses three museums, the orthodox church and many restaurants and cafes. more »
Lovely spot on the shores of Lake Saimaa, plenty of cafes and shops at least in the summertime. Hired bicycles to get around the place and that was just perfect for exploring. more »
Nice view over the city. The fortress is nothing special. The old houses around the fortress are idyllic and beautiful. There are few beautiful cafes on the top.
Very nice place to visit with cafes and museums around
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