10 days in Lakeland Itinerary

10 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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10 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Kouvola Model Railroad Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola online visit planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Zurich to Kouvola, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect nights in Kouvola to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Transportation
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Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 20th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio visit planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then view the masterpieces at Kuokkalan kartano, and finally get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuopio in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Jyvaskyla, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

#Museums, #Shopping
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The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Militaria and Moomin Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tampere City Library, Metso and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Step out of Tampere to go to Haemeenlinna and see Sibelius Birthplace, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and take in the views from Hameensilta.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner .

You can take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Haemeenlinna
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso

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