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Sortavala Things to Do

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    by TarjaH Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    From Kuhavuori you can see whole Sortavala as well as islands of Lake Ladoga. From other side of the hill you can also view inland.
    Kuhavuori is located quite near to the central so you can walk there.

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Sortavala Restaurants

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    by faloon77 Updated May 26, 2007

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    Good and cheap meals in typical Russian cafe environment. Table cloths, good drinks selection and nice waiters. Situatated on the main street in an old appartment house dating from pre-war Finnish era of the city. One of my favourite experiences is the first time me and my wife visited Relaks in January 2003 with the outside temperature below 30 Celsius! A nice break after hopping off the bus from Finland.

    Favorite Dish: Bifshtek, salads, sudak (=pikeperch) and all other trad dishes found in Russia. Some items on menu might not be available at all times. Really cheap prices and good value compared to similar places in Piter

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Sortavala Transportation

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    by faloon77 Updated Nov 21, 2006

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    The Bus station of Sortavala is situated in a white building across the street from Krona bar. The main routes besides local buses within the town are those to Joensuu, Finland and Petrozavodsk. Buses are relatevely reliable, especially the two just mentioned because of better coaches that do not tend to break as easily.
    The Railway station is located further away from the city center. Walk along Ulitsa Karelskaya past the Officer's club, across the river past the hotel and turn right to a smaller street. Then cross the railroad and turn left once more and you will notice an entrance to the passenger station after walking some 300m beside a wall separating the road from the rails. Passenger trains from Petrozavodsk to Kostomuksha stop at Sortavala on both ways. Be sure to buy your ticket in advance! The information (in Russian) and maps are quite good, and also the staff give more effort to their job than average Russian clerks. Also be sure to take beverages and snacks on the train because there is no restaurant car. From Petrozavodsk you can travel further on to St. Petersburg or Murmansk.

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