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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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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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  • Nice relaxing area for a evening or morning walk. But there are also several restaurants, cafes, museums and art exhibitions open during the day time. Worth a visit.  more »
  • The little heart of Lappeenranta :) Couple of lovely cafes, some interesting shops, and great views (though it can be windy!) Always great for a picnic on a sunny day.  more »
  • We were there at winter and still it was good thing to see - all these walls, buildings and old church. Also there were some exhibition of ice figures and it wass fun to guess them.  more »