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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  • It is the historic center of the city. As is customary in those times, bastion defended the inhabitants of small settlements from invaders. The territory now has several museums, Orthodox Church (which is the oldest in Finland). But you won't find here traditional medieval castle and high towers.  
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  • There have been several times, and each time with delight and pleasure! Oblazali the entire fortress from all sides, it is small, but is impressive. View from the fortress of the city-beautiful, stand and catch the wind, relaxing the soul. It is the moments of relaxation and admiration of nature, beauty and skill of the ancient builders. Go with excursion once enough, then better yourself, just get pleasure from the environment and landscape.
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  • Actually, there is little to see in Lappeenranta have, so this is therefore required. Quite an interesting item.
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  • Great destination to visit during botg summer and winter! The views are beautiful, the cafés are charming and the museums are well worth it
  • The place where you can feel the old lappeenranta atmosphere.
  • Nice, quite small historical place. Many museums in the area. At its best in the summer. Short distance to harbour and city.
  • Historical old town surrounded by land walls. Pictoresque old buildings, nice cafes and beautiful views to the city and the lake.
  • Had a great tour of this historic site.

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Where to stay in Lappeenranta

While you won't find many true luxury options in Lappeenranta, its hotels offer affordable accommodations. You'll also find hostels and apartments geared toward housing its extensive university student population. Because of its history as a spa town, many hotels feature these sorts of amenities. Most accommodations cluster in the city center around the church and near the small airport, with easy access to the nearby lake. Guesthouses and private apartments outside of town offer more peace and quiet for prices lower than central hotels, but you'll need a car in order to get around efficiently.
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