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Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli, Imatra, Finland

Attractions in Lappeenranta and Imatra region

South Karelia is filled with interesting attractions, history and rich nature. One of the most famous sights in South Karelia is Imatrankoski rapids, which is the biggest white water rapid in Europe.

Over 200 years old Kärnäkoski fortress located in Savitaipale is an interesting place to visit. The fortress was built in 1793 by a Russian general Aleksandr Suvorov to protect St.Petersburg. Another interesting place to visit is museum of Hakamäki which is located on a lush hill. In Hakamäki you are able to see traditional buildings, products and textiles. In 2008 a 14 meters long observation tower was also built, from where you can see the beautiful scenery towards Lake Kuolimo.

Another interesting place to visit in Savitaipale is Rovastinoja. Visitors are able to admire the prehistoric landscape at Rovastinoja residence, with a turf hut built according to the old model. Rovastinoja is also a rest area on the route of Traces of the Ice Age – Stone Age Man.

Orrai-path is a 10 kilometer long route located in Savitaipale with wilderness scenery. There are two camp fire places on the route, Luotolahdenkapia is next to Lake Kuolimo and Onkilampi is close to the road of Partakoskentie.

The Traces of the Ice Age – Stone Age Man route in Savitaipale follows the southern shore of Lake Kuolimo. Part of the trail network is also suitable for hiking and mountain biking.

Lake Saimaa, Purest Finland Regional Council of South Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment Rural 2020 The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
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