There are several power stations in Imatra which use water power. It's quite amazing watching the fast running water.On the 3rd picture is the "runner wheel" of a turbine that was in use from 1.4.1936 until 5.11.1989. You can see this wheel just by the power station with explanations in various languages.more
The impressive Imatrankoski rapids, oldest tourist attraction in Finland, cuts the city in half. It is usually empty, just the rocky river bed in sight, but in summer time and at Christmas and New Years Eve they have rapids shows there. It all starts with a telling of a story about the birth of the rapids and then music from the famous Finnish...more
I could never afford to stay in Valtionhotelli but a few years ago my colleagues and I were invited...more
Vapaa Aikakeskus, Imatra, The Lakelands, 55420, Finland
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Siitolankatu 1, Imatra, The Lakelands, 551 20, Finland
Good for: Families
I liked the cellar like atmosphere of this restaurant. There were candles everywhere which gave nice warm feeling.
Favorite Dish: I don't remember anymore what we had for dinner here, but the dessert was icecream with berries of the season and the plates had candles on as the waitresses carry them to the tables.
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Every year there is a jazz festival in Imatra. There are also some stands that sell liqurish and other things and of course there are food stands with a whole variety for different tastes as well as outdoor cafes.
If you have a car then you can drive to one of the water locks and watch the ships changing water levels. There are lots of small fright ships to be seen.
Kylpyla Spa is actually a hotel complex with a stylish restaurant, a self-service café with yummy ice cream and a spa area.
We visited the spa which cost Euro 13.00 per Person in March 2008. The spa area is in a nice setting and it was packed with Russians on the weekend. So don't expect any quiet bathing and all the special water taps were constantly occupied. There is a small outdoor swimming area but in winter it was rather cold so I went straight back inside. There is also a 25 m swimming pool. There are separate sauna for males/females. You are not allowed any clothes in the sauna area.
You can rent bathing suits if you don't have one but when I wanted one they only had giant sizes left. So I bought one in the shop opposite in the atrium.
When you pay your entry fee you get a wristband. Choose a locker and close the door and hold the wristband to the nearby patch and it shows your locker number. Don't let anyone come in between your clothing your locker door and the patching. It happened to me and someone else locked my locker. But this can easily be fixed.
I was amazed at the map machine which gives you a free map of the Imatra and surroundings. It sits on the main drag in the center.
Update winter 2008:
Those map machines are closed for the winter.