Located right in the heart of Lappeenranta, the Lappeenranta Fortress combines culture with geology. The construction of the Fortress on the First Salpausselkä’s ice-marginal formation began in the 1720s and the old building where the South Karelia Museum is situated was constructed almost entirely from limestone boulders from nearby Ihalainen quarry. Boulders feature e.g. wollastonite lines. At the harbour you will find the Saimaa Geopark sign, which tells you about the geology of the area.

Saimaa Geopark sign in the harbour (pdf)

Three panels in the sign open up different contents on your mobile device (a series of panels beginning with the title “Discover the hidden treasures of Lake Saimaa”). You need the free Salmi AR app to view the content. Content includes pictures, videos, audio narration, and peepholes. You’ll find information about Suvorov’s time, wartime, and industrialization, and get to see what the area looked like 11,000 years ago and how the ancestors lived. The contents are currently available only in Finnish. Instructions for downloading the Salmi AR application (pdf)

The Lappeenranta Lakeside route (Rantaraitti) passes through the Fortress and harbour. You can find the route description of the trail and instructions for arrival from the contents of the Outdoor Active platform: Description of the Lappeenranta Lakeside route (Rantaraitti)

You can also find more information about the Lappeenranta Fortress and harbour here

Lappeenranta museums have mobile tours in the Fortress area. The tours introduce you to the nature and culture, vegetation and history of the Fortress. Mobile tours can be found at these links:

The mobile walking tour of the Fortress of Lappeenranta

A Tour of the Fortress of Lappeenranta


Coordinates: x=563828,298 y=6770794,114 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and for example in karttapaikka.fi service.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps service, which uses geographic coordinates:

Coordinates: 61.066707395, 28.182655120 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: City of Lappeenranta


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  • Suitable for children
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Parking
  • Boating