Thanks to tourism, Lappeenranta has developed into a versatile centre of leisure activities: probably no other city of its size has such a wide array of shopping and leisure opportunities. The atmosphere of a small town, the options of a large city!
Lappeenranta City Theatre
The first Finnish-language play was staged in 1849 here in Lappeenranta . The City Theatre continues the long thespian traditions by creating new productions at a steady rate.
Lappeenranta City Theatre will be moving into new premises in 2015 in the city centre in the expanded shopping centre IsoKristiina, with extensive department store, restaurant and cafe services and Finnkino film theatre. The new theatre is near you and your daily life.
The summer theatre located in the city fortress offers new productions every summer.
Founded over a century ago, the Lappeenranta City Orchestra continues to be a key attraction. It is not just the symphony orchestra of Lappeenranta, but the musical business card of the Saimaa region and the South Karelia province. Welcome to a trip to a world of musical treasures.
Rendezvous, world premier. National Ballet/Brno. Music: André Mathieu. Choreography: Mário Radačovský. (Photo: Ari Nakari)
Lappeenranta Ballet Gala is a feast of European dance. If is known for an interesting programme that is different every year. The Ballet Gala presents choreographic masterpieces and excellent performers from the top stages in Europe, with their roots firmly in tradition but with contemporary expression.
Lappeenranta is home to three golf courses of natural beauty: Kahilanniemi (9 holes), Golf Saimaa (18 holes) ja Etelä-Saimaa Golf (18 holes). Etelä-Saimaa Golf is considered one of the finest golf courses in Finland. It was built on a rocky island in Saimaa, surrounded by stunning cliffs, small bays and the beautiful blue Lake Saimaa all around you to rest your eyes on as you go along.
Our boys. Ice-hockey team SaiPa comes from Lappeenranta.
Lappeenranta can boast teams playing at the highest national level in a number of sports: ice-hockey, floorball, women's pesäpallo (Finnish variety of baseball) and rink bandy. SaiPa, NST Lappeenranta, Pesä Ysit, LrNMKY and are Catz household names in Finnish sports circles.
Myllysaari is one of the most popular meeting places for young people in the summer.
The Myllysaari recreation area is very popular, located near the city centre, next to Lake Saimaa. You can go swimming, enjoy the sauna, go for a jog, do parkour, play beach volley in excellent settings, or have an adventure in Flow Park. The grass areas are ideal for relaxing in between swimming and exercising.
The environmentally friendly street train that runs on natural gas will take you on an inexpensive tour of the city in the summer months.
Lappeenranta has a network of 95 kilometres of fabulous cycling routes that take you right in the middle of national landscapes and places of historical interest. The most popular routes are shown in the Cycle Map site.
Holiday Club Saimaa spa hotel in Rauha offers not only spa, sauna and restaurant services but also many other things to do. The area includes, for example, the 18-hole Golf Saimaa and the Angry Birds activity park in in the Capri shopping centre.
Lappeenranta International Airport services charter flights.It is the first regionally owned airport in Finland.
The Allegro will speed you from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in three and a half hours, and from Vainikkala, just on the Finnish side of the border, it's only an hour and a half. There are four daily services to and from Russia.