Cultural holidays in Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta offers Karelian atmosphere, cultural delights and opportunities for relaxation. The list of the city’s most popular sights, events and attractions is a great help for friends of culture.

The positive feedback says that just one day is nowhere near enough: Lappeenranta, one of Europe’s greenest cities, invites you to experience and see its attractions!

Sightseeing and history

Lappeenranta has been growing along the border between eastern and western culture for centuries. Lappeenranta was granted town privileges in 1649. History is still present in the oldest part of the city, which is called the Fortress.

Today, Lappeenranta is a modern tourist city. However, effort has been made to preserve historic elements. For example, most of the museums and a few accommodation establishments operate in old, restored buildings, which are especially of interest for those enthusiastic about preserving old building traditions.

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Cruises

From Lappeenranta harbour, you can take a cruise to the archipelago, the historic Saimaa Canal or to Puumala, Savonlinna and the Ilkonsaari skete island.

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Cultural tours

In Lappeenranta, you will encounter culture while wandering in the historic milieu of the Old Town’s Fortress or in the verdant city centre. Most of the city’s museums can be found in or near the Fortress. In the area of the Fortress and the harbour, you can also spot horses and riders wearing historic costumes in honour of the city’s Dragoon heritage.
The Old Town Hall, which is located in the city centre, is one of the city’s most spectacular buildings. The nostalgic building is also the oldest wooden town hall in Finland that has been preserved to this day. In the old Lappee vicarage area, you can visit the changing exhibitions of Gallery Pihatto and enjoy summer theatre, including showings of The Legend of the Holy Pear by Säilättäret and performances by the RATA-Ryhmä group founded in 2014.
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Lappeenranta summer theatre: Crocodile Rock

In summer 2022, Lappeenranta summer theatre will feature the thrilling Krokotiilirock (Crocodile Rock), a charming new comedic play about courage and how people regain their strength and become the heroes of their own story. The atmosphere is taken through the roof by brilliant and nostalgic rock music and the amazing live band. Although the play is in Finnish, there's a lot of music acts to enjoy for anyone!

The outdoor theatre is located on a tall peninsula surrounded by Lake Saimaa, where fortification structures were built in the 18th century. The theatre structure has been built between restored fortress walls. The outdoor theatre is wheelchair accessible and has a café.
Buy tickets here (Lippu.fi)

Summer concerts

Lappeenranta’s traditional summer concerts are back: Enjoy them in Harbour Square on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as on select weekends. The Market Square (Kauppatori) has concerts on Saturdays, and Sandcastle offers a programme for the whole family on Sundays. Joutseno square is livened up with Thursday concerts throughout the summer. There are also themed evenings, such as a partner dance Friday and a band night in July. Read more here.

Lappeenranta city centre

The small size of the Lappeenranta city centre, affectionally known as the City, makes it easy to reach the shops, cafeterias and restaurants, simply by walking along the streets.
The charming city centre combines the old with the new, wood with steel, lindens, parks and stone paving. The Lappee Church of St Mary is nestled in the brand-new Maria Square, right in the heart of the City. The museums and monuments, in the City, lure visitors to travel back in time through the history of this border town.
Underground garages offer ample parking in the city centre.

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Do not change the scenery – stay longer on the shores of Lake Saimaa

Lappeenranta has plenty of things to do for every day of the week, so why not stay for longer? Explore the weekly activities programme, many activities of which are guaranteed to be organised – even for just one participant.
The Lappeenranta region hosts a wide variety of events, and the offering is constantly expanding. The most up-to-date information is available on the Lappeenranta Events website.
Book your accommodation and head to Lappeenranta in the embrace of Lake Saimaa!