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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. Plan your Lappeenranta Fortress visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lappeenranta using our Lappeenranta trip itinerary maker.
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  • built on a hill overlooking the Harbour and part of the town is formed by the typical wooden houses, with cobblestone streets, quiet and relaxing
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  • There are several museums in the fortress. There's a pleasant stroll and go directly to the Lake. Ramparts look very picturesque.
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  • No one should leave the city without walking the beautiful Fortress rampart path. Nice cafes can be found in the fortress at both ends.
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