Lappeenranta Fortress, Lappeenranta

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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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  • Plenty of history around in this nice, quiet neighborhood. There are not really that much left of the actual fortress (only the outer walls, I think...) but nice old buiildings and a nice view to the....  more
    Plenty of history around in this nice, quiet neighborhood. There are not really that much left of the actual fortress (only the outer walls, I think...) but nice old buiildings and a nice view to the....  more »
  • I visited the Lappeenranta Fortress for the fist time and I liked it very much. So much history and interesting and beautiful building and details all over. I guess one could spend hours wandering... 
    I visited the Lappeenranta Fortress for the fist time and I liked it very much. So much history and interesting and beautiful building and details all over. I guess one could spend hours wandering...  more »
  • This is a nice area with lots of old buildings with museums and cafes and a good view over the lake. 
    This is a nice area with lots of old buildings with museums and cafes and a good view over the lake.  more »
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  • This area of Lappeenranta is very nice to walk around! I really enjoyed seeing the history, architecture, and beautiful scenery!
  • We were here after hours on a Sunday evening. We weren't able to go inside many of the businesses, churches, or museums, but exploring and walking through the area made us want to return. Excellent views of the harbor and city. Beautiful old painted building. A wonderful summer evening.
  • Very nice place to visit. Both summer and winter time works fine. If you have a suitable outdoors clothing, I recommend to walk around the fortification. It gives a very good idea about the fortifications of its time. Look up some history facts to get the most out of the visit. Also, if you visit by winter, remember to bring a sledge. There are various services available, like restaurants, craft shops, etc. However, there is not so much historical info available about the site. Also, you might not encounter the info-boards if you walk about randomly. So I recommend finding out some facts in advance to get most out of your visit. Also, a word of warning concerning small children. There are several quite steep fortification walls easily accessible by children. While the walls do not pose a serious health threat, you might still want to watch out if you have active and creative children...
  • Very well taken care of. Great views and a few restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
  • Amazing place for the summer! The international market it's a good option.

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