Lappeenranta is the economic and cultural hub of south-east Finland. The city's rich and colourful history dates back to over 360 years. For a glimpse into its fascinating past there are museums, fortresses and churches to explore. At the harbour, visitors can enjoy the local cuisine aboard a boat. The city boasts lakes, parks and beaches that are ideal places to relax. During the winter months, visitors can take part in sports such as skiing and ice-skating. Frequent boat cruises are available to places such as St. Petersburg and Vyborg. Airlines, including Ryanair and Air Baltic, operate regular flights to Lappeenranta Airport. Direct flight routes are available from cities such as Riga and Bergamo and indirect flights depart from cities such as London and Manchester. Flight fares can vary substantially,there often being low cost tickets available for advanced bookings and last minute deals. For travellers that are looking for a cheap flight, our price comparison tool is invaluable. This facility enables travellers to compare the fares of different airlines and secure a cheap flight to Lappeenranta.
Lappeenranta has plenty to offer its visitors all year round. A must visit is the old fortress that dates back to the 18th century. Today, many of its buildings serve as museums. The collections of South Karelia Museum provides a fascinating insight into the cultural and historical heritage of the region. Another attraction within the fort is the 18th century Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary, which is the oldest of its kind in Finland. Within the church is a 200-year-old icon of the Communion of the Holy. Lake Saimaa is the fourth largest lake in Europe. It's ideal for canoeing, and there are plenty of spots on the lake shores for pitching a tent or enjoying a picnic. Visitors to the lake may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Saimaa ringed seal, an endangered species. During the summer months, check out the impressive sandcastle at the harbour. For those that enjoy shopping, there is a wide choice of antique shops, fashion boutiques and local handicraft shops. The Myllysaari Family Park offers a fun packed day for the entire family. It has sandy beaches, picnic tables, play areas and a refreshment café. Lappeenranta Airport is located approximately 1 and a half miles from the city, walkable if you have very little luggage. At the airport are parking facilities, including free short-stay spaces. Taxis are available in front of the airport and regular bus services operate routes between the airport and the city centre. For those that prefer to hire a car, there are car rental counters located at the check-in area of the terminal building.