Stroll along the port in Kaupunginlahti Bay in the summer and you will soon see why it is the life-blood of Lappeenranta. The port pulsates long after the rest of the town retires to sleep. Visit market cafés, terraces and restaurant boats where local people and visitors may meet informally and chat. Admire the lime trees of Kasinonpuisto Park which shade the visitor from too much sun, whilst further along the ramparts of the old Fortress bordering the beach boulevard invite you to explore more closely the history of this fascinating town.
The glorious sweep of Kaupunginlahti Bay provides the ideal backdrop for every kind of boating adventure. The stunning beauty of both the open Lake Saimaa and its labyrinthine archipelago are the perfect settings for even the most stressed-out visitor to unwind. You could also treat yourself to a trip on the brilliant-white cruise boats which daily criss-cross Lake Saimaa.
Don't forget to save some time to visit the Saimaa Canal: choose a short cruise to Mustola for a couple of hours, or else indulge in a longer trip (43 km) all the way to Vyborg, Russia.
And if you arrive by boat from further afield why not berth right in the heart of Lappeenranta at the visitors' marina in Kaupunginlahti Bay?
Tasty treats for the visitor
The Lappeenranta region is renowned for its delicacies such as Karelian rice pasties, unleavened rieska bread, and pretzels. The famous Karelian hotpot has been adopted as a traditional dish throughout Finland. Vendace from Kyläniemi, the Greater Saimaa whitefish, not to mention bream and perch fished from the smaller lakes, are all on offer at the market place in Lappeenranta. And no holiday would be complete, of course, without strawberries ripened in the local fields!
Meat pasties filled with ham, eggs and seasoning are sold in the market place in Lappeenranta and make a tasty, satisfying snack for even the most demanding gourmet. Those with a sweet tooth, meanwhile, are spoiled for choice at Café Majurska within the Fortress in Lappeenranta. Sample here the magnificent cheese cakes and berry tarts, cakes and pasties, all served with fragrant teas or drinks such as Mannerheim's Champagne and the Ensign's Seduction, a refreshing mixed fruit juice!
Two nearby municipalities were attached to Lappeenranta on 1.1.2009: Ylämaa, which is renowned for the Finnish national gemstone, spectrolite, and Joutseno between Lappeenranta and Imatra.
The city of Lappeenranta provides a free Wi-Fi for visitors around the city center district – you can access it by connecting to the Sainet-network.