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Lappeenranta Fortress

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Explore the historical Lappeenranta Fortress

Lappeenranta Fortress, surrounded by the ramparts, this historic district represents the original town which was founded in a medieval trading centre during the Swedish regime in 1649. Most of the buildings date back to the Russian era, which lasted from 1741 to 1917. Following a renovation, they now house private residences, handicraft workshops, and cultural and business premises. Graced with a fascinating history, magnificent scenery, and myriad attractions, the Fortress is today a popular tourist destination.

Today the Fortress area is an interesting attraction for tourists as well as the local people: you can enjoy your dessert at the lovely old-fashioned café Majurska, visit the handicraft shops and buy some local souvenirs to take home! Additionally, three museums are located in the Fortress: Lappeenranta Art Museum, South Karelia Museum, and the Cavalry museum – and do not forget to take a picture of the oldest Orthodox Church in Finland.

Lappeenranta Fortress is also part of Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark.

Lappeenranta Fortress
Kristiinankatu 3–5