Lake Saimaa Vacations

When it’s time for a vacation with a difference, make tracks to Lake Saimaa, situated in Eastern Finland, Finland.

Lake Saimaa is situated 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of St. Petersburg and 130 miles (209 kilometers) northeast of the national capital Helsinki.

See the world in a new light at some of the many remarkable museums in Lake Saimaa. Among the best museums in Lake Saimaa are the Savonlinna Regional Museum and the thought-provoking Wolkoff Home Museum. The Kenkavero Vicarage and the South Karelia Museum are just two more interesting museums worth adding to your itinerary.

Peer back through gun smoke of history at Lake Saimaa's historic defense structures. The Lappeenranta Fortress served an important role in fending off enemy armies throughout the years, but today opens its gates to travelers from all over the world.

To see the cultural side of Lake Saimaa, surprise that someone special with tickets to the Retretti Arts Centre, one of the area’s great performing arts venues. Before the performance share a light meal at one of the nearby restaurants or bars.

Mikkelipuisto Park is one of the most cherished natural escapes around the city. Enjoy the local flora and fauna, read a book, or just listen to the birdsong. This park is the perfect match for all moods and seasons.

An old religious gathering place, one of the more popular of the many historic attractions in this city, is the Mikkeli Cathedral. Enjoy the atmosphere of this interesting building, learn about its past and realize why it is so popular with visitors to the area.

Savonlinna Market Square is the perfect place to visit if you have a passion for shopping and watching the world go by. See what locals are buying and buy some unique keepsakes to remind you of Lake Saimaa.

Sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes darkly romantic, the castles and other defensive structures in this country are always excellent to tour. When you stare up at the distinct design of the historic Olavinlinna Castle, it is easy to picture how ruling clans once defended their empire.

Lake Saimaa’s star attractions sometimes overshadow the city’s less visited, but equally rewarding spots such as the Stone Sacristy.


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