Lappeenranta Travel Guide

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Lappeenranta Things to Do

  • Lappeenranta church

    Lappeenranta church is built on 1924 and it is the main church of Lappeenranta Lutheran congregation. Lappeenranta is a old military town and this church was planned to be for Military Orthodox and Russian garrison. The architect was Georgi Kosekov and the church represent new Byzantine style with main tower and four side towers. Small cupolas are...

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  • Theatre - Lappeenranta City Theatre

    "Old school" has played kind of role in Finland, it's quite normal that we have "city" and "labor" theatres in Towns. It was same in Lappeenranta also, but probably the War united people, in cultural sense also, and the Labor and City theatres of Lappeenranta merged 1949. First the new theater got place from Lappeenranta's old Labor house, but 1982...

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  • Maria's Church (Lappeen Marian kirkko)

    Lappeen Maria's Church is the only one remained on it's style. Its douple cross ("Kahtamoinen eli kaksoisristikirkko" in Finnish) and built by Juhana Salonen, a church builder from Savitaipale (a municipality close to Lappeenranta). It's built of wood, what is the reason that most of the others buildt by him are burned (every now and then wooden...

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  • Water Tower (no entrance (so far))

    One of the signs of Lappeenranta is the Water Tower. It is build 1955 and the top would be one of the best places to take some photos of the downtown, but there is no entrance, so far, let's hope that city officers understand the value of it and somehow make it possible to visit there.Here the all beauty is with Chrismas three (and South Finnish...

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  • Cinema - Nuijamies

    Cinemas are one of the habits we are close to loose, currently we have so much to select and different chanels are competiting of consumption of our time. The number of cinemas has been degreesing instead of surround, 3D or 4K, but the last are still there. Please, people, use these, make a new year promise (like I already did), "Cinema once a...

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  • Orthodox church (Virgin Mary Church)

    The Orthodox Church of Lappeenranta is sanctified to Virgin Mary ("Jumalansynnyttäjän suojeluksen kirkko", I tried to find official translation, but was not lucky, unofficially: "The church of the protection of the one who gave birth to God") is the oldest Orthodox church in Finland. It's quite small but located in fascinating Fortress area close...

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Lappeenranta Restaurants

  • Fun on three floors

    Old Cock is a combination of three floors with 6 different departments. There is English pub in street level, Cock's Cave is located in the middle with live music events and stand up comic. Rock and dance (and sauna department also) are on the bottom.Take at least a Guinness or some English ale if you pass the restaurant.

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  • Food'n stand :)

    Okey, this is not basically a restaurant but very good place to get some food, fast and easy. Kust walk Valtakatu on the left side to east and you can't miss it. "Atomi" and "Vety" are the local spacialities (meat pie with or without egg) and other more normal stuff like hamburgers are on the list also. If you already have eaten Vety or Atomi,...

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  • (To be closed 31th Dec 2014) - House of...

    This combination of four bars is now on the last moments, so if you like to visit it, you have a few days to visit there.Old park is a Irish style with large selection of different style of beers.Upside is music, food and party place with live music, DJ and theme nights.Green Apple is a food restaurant, open from morning to night.Ace bar & play is...

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  • (Closed) - One era has ended

    Tassos is basically a Greek style restaurant with a Finnish flavor and it operated from 1979 to 2014. It is known from pepper steak and unfortunately the story is now history, times fly, restaurant sew it's last day on 23th December 2014. We all who have tasted the famous pepper steak just have to wait till Spring 2015 to see if the coming...

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  • One of the oldeast Italian chain...

    Rosso is an old chain restaurant of S-Group and you can find members of the chain from almost every (bigger) towns in Finland. If you visit one, you can think you have visited all, but there's always a local flavor, at least it's coming from the personnel. Rosso is easy to visit the atmosphere is straight forwarding and the locations are central,...

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  • Ristorante Tiglio

    This is an Italian restaurant with varies menu where you can have many different choices. Service was very nice and kind, prices are reasonable and addition to that I could even had a good dark Czech lager to drink.

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Lappeenranta Nightlife

  • Where the Youth hangout

    NightClub Diva, LappeenrantaAddress: Snellmaninkatu 10Fours restaurants under one roof:Diva, open on wednesdays, fridays & saturdays at 22-04Diva Lounge, open everyday from 16 ->OldschoolVirtanen, open on wednesdays, fridays & saturdays at 22-04Tickets: 5 e (FREE until the noon) casual

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  • Superb Finno Ugric Nightlife

    This tiny village hosts some of the wildest nightlife in the country! While suckers are left on the road to freeze, u should find the local hotspots at Birra or Cannonballs. Itäs packed with fun loving Finns and occasional fast paced ladies, but noes not serve as a prostitution host like many russian cities. At summertime this place really wakes...

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  • Pubs

    When I was hanging around in the centre I saw few pubs, I was briefly checking few but did not like them too much. The selection of beers was poor as well.

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Lappeenranta Transportation

  • Lappeenranta via Air

    Unfortunately the times have changed and it's almost impossible to find information in the situation "that there are no scheduled fligths" from some place. Lappeenranta is on of these. Lappeenranta is one of these places, but you can try to google "Lappeenranta - Helsinki" and you get tens of proposal like "Cheap flights", "Travellink" and...

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  • Lappeenranta via Road

    Driving is the best option to reach Lappeenranta if you are coming from East or West. There are no (currently) scheduled domestic flights and railways is best in south and nordbound directions.Main roads are 6 (from Helsinki, Kouvola and to Joensuu and Lapland), 12 (from Rauma, Tampere, Lahti, Kouvola) and 13 (Kokkola, Jyväskylä, Mikkeli and to...

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  • Lappeenranta as a cheap transit point to...

    Hello Everybody!Now i would like to discuss Lappeenranta, e, specially its airport as a transit point to get St petersburg from Europe.As for me i guessed how can i get Russia very cheap as the monopoly of airports and airlines cant allow to get this country cheaper than 100-150 euros for one way. After some time i checked ther rout map of Ryanair,...

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Lappeenranta Shopping

  • African, Asian and Halal

    Inspite of the current economical downgrading in the area, there are new borns also. A brave African based woman (she is Mediatrice from Ruanda) blowed up some spirit to town's food market and started to supply a little bit rare food stuff like halal, Asian and African, which most of us say: Exotic.The shop was opened 7th Dec 2014 and unfortunately...

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  • Road 13 shopping area

    Road 13 starts from town called Kokkola in western coast of Finland. There's only one reason that the area is just here, and it is Russians. The road goes to Nuijamaa and further to Vyborg russia and this place is the first trying to catch Russian tourist. There are three main shops: Lidl, Rajamarket (Border market) and Disa's Fish.You know Lidl,...

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  • Antiques and more

    Of course there are also 'modern' shops in Lappeenranta and quite a big shopping center but I liked those tiny shops in the traditional wooden houses much more.

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Lappeenranta Local Customs

  • Slot machines

    Finns, at least older people, are fond of gambling. We have monopoly, or in the matter of fact three monopolies for gaming, RAY takes care of slot machines, Veikkaus is providing lotteries and FinnToto is the horse related tipping.You can find slot machines in stores, restaurants, we have one (RAY) casino in Helsinki, and in some department stores...

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  • Christmas Market

    Christmas is the most important tradition to (Lutheran) Finns and there are old and new habits to celebrate it and last weeks before. One of the newest, imported from Germany, is Christmas Markets. Like other big towns here, Lappeenranta has it's own, starting just after indepence day, 7th Dec, and closing just before Christmas on 22nd Dec....

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  • Karelian Pies - Karjalanpiirakat

    We have a strong Russian background, most of us are Fenno-Ugrian origin and our roots are in Ural and Siberia. In Karelian areas any type of pies are very common and this is the most famous. It is baked to rye flour (with some wheat only) and it is filled with rice porridge. Very simple to do, but like Indian curries there are only one and only...

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Lappeenranta Warnings and Dangers

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    Snow & ice fall

    by Gili_S Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    This can refer to any place, not particular here, but this picture was taken here, so when hanging around in the winter, be careful, as the sun shines the snow might fall off the roof.

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Lappeenranta What to Pack

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    Winter or Summer

    by Gili_S Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you visit in the winter, remember to take your best jacket, woollen hat & socks, gloves & scarf and your best winter shoes.
    If you visit during the summer, forget about all the above list, just remember swimsuit

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Lappeenranta Off The Beaten Path

  • Ponte dei Sospiri - Huokausten silta

    We are now not in Venice or any other canal town, but we have our own "Ponte dei Sospiri" here. I wrote this to OffTheBeaten because the bridge is in the centre bbut it's easy to pass without any notice, at least the history. Story numer one (the happy one). Lappeenranta is an old military town and on those old days there were a lot of soldiers...

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  • Not a tip at all

    Ok... I spent something over two months of grueling work at the strawberry farm... It almost killed me but otherwise I had a great time. I have some not so happy memories connected with that place and the following year, but smeg it. Let's remember the good, forget the bad!

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  • Old houses

    Walking around in the city and particular in the fortress area there are many old wooden houses, which are interesting to see. Some houses turn to museum but in some, families are still living in

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Lappeenranta Favorites

  • Favorite Things - Fortress

    The real winter is here again, we have some minus fifteen celsius and I needed to have some fun on the evening. So, I took my camera with an idea to take a photo from our coming Snow Church. It was impossible, it's white and only white in the darkness. I took a picture of Lappeenranta Water Tower instead. It's taken besides the Snow Church, with...

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  • Currency change - Safar

    There is a lot of Russian tourists in Lappeenranta and that is one of the reasons we have a currency exchange in the town. The number of this kind of offices has significantly degreesed because our currency change to euro. During last few weeks Russian Ruble has floated a lot but this office has changed currencies when most shops and stores stopped...

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  • Lappeenranta

    Lappeenranta is just about average Finnish town, but it has its few unique things to see and to feel here. The fortress and the Saimaa Lake are just great. Also, as its near the Russian border has the influence on the culture and economy here.Most important, people in this region in Finland are very well known of being kind and friendly happy...

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