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EuroVelo: Baltic Sea Cycle Route (Hansa circuit)

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Elevation profile EuroVelo: Baltic Sea Cycle Route (Hansa circuit)

Added on 05 Oct 2011,

on 20 Apr 2017

Cycle route metrics

Total distance in km

8.393

Cumulative elevation gain in m

56.314

Avg. slope uphill in %

0,67

Cumulative elevation loss in m

56.348

GPS track data

Information about rights to the gps-track data

Rights owner

Openstreetmap and Contributors + biroto-Redaktion (biroto.eu)

Rights characteristic / license

Contains information from OpenStreetMap, which is made available here under the Open Database License(ODbL)

Link to the description of the license

opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/

GPX file taken from

www.openstreetmap.org/browse/relation/2689634

GPX file uploaded

by biroto-Redaktion on 03 Jan 2017

Track points in total

93.649

Track points per km (avg)

11

Start/endpoint

Start location

Lappeenranta, Southern Finland, FI (46 m NHN)

End location

, EE (12 m NHN)

Signposting

In Estonia

Schild

In Deutschland

Schild

Sources of information

WebSites:

Cycling guides/maps:

Remarks

For the following countries there are dedicates routes available for the respective parts of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route:

For the gap in Russia see

Travel reports about cycle tours

Picture stage 05

05 May 2017

82 km

A stage of the tour »Iron Curtain Tour« of user Ottocolor

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

Name and address

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Route km
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Rating for cyclists

 

0 km
0,1 km
46 m

FI-54230 Nuijamaa

 

Border checkpoint

Hours of opening

24 hours open

 

8 km
0,2 km
33 m

FI-54230 Lappeenranta

 

 

31 km
1,5 km
102 m

FI-53900 Lappeenranta

 

Old town

Panorama af havnen set fra fæstningen/The harbour seen from the castle
Lappeenrantas gamle trærådhus/The old wooden town hall
Den protestantiske kirke/The Lutheran Church

Lappeenranta (Swedish: Villmanstrand) is a city and municipality situated on the shore of the lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Russian border. It belongs to the region of South Karelia. With approximately 73,000 inhabitants (31 March 2016) Lappeenranta is the 13th largest city in Finland. The neighboring municipality of Joutseno was consolidated with Lappeenranta on January 1, 2009, and the neighboring municipality of Ylämaa on January 1, 2010. Lappeenranta is known as an international university city in Finland with Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences which together have approximately 13,000 students from 68 countries. Lappeenranta is also a commercial centre of South-East Finland and the meeting point of the EU and Russia, 215 km from both Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Location on the southern shore of Lake Saimaa makes the city the region’s centre for tourism. Lappeenranta is second most visited city by Russian tourists in Finland after Helsinki and it competes with Helsinki for the largest share of tax-free sales in Finland.

Lappeenranta was originally formed around a headland pointing to lake Saimaa. In the 16th century, the market place moved from Lappee's old centre Kauskila to the current fortress headland. The first mention of Lapwes, as it was called, is in a privilege charter from 1542 that subjugated the market place under Viborg's authority.

The town was chartered in 1649 by Queen Christina of Sweden, legitimizing the trade in the then popular marketplace of Lapvesi. However, the parliamentary privilege charter and the coat of arms were attested in 1652 after the town layout by Erik Aspegren was affirmed. At the time, Lappeenranta was an important port for tar.

Between 1721 and 1743, Lappeenranta was the capital of Kymmenegård and Savonlinna province.

In 1741, the battle of Villmanstrand was fought between the Swedish and Russian armies in the Russo-Swedish War of 1741–1743. The battle ended in a Russian victory. The town was pillaged, wooden structures including the provincial chancellery were burnt and the ecclesiastical archives damaged.

The municipalities of Lappee and Lauritsala were annexed to Lappeenranta in 1967. Nuijamaa joined in 1989. During the financial downturn of 2009 and 2010, Joutseno and Ylämaa respectively merged into Lappeenranta.

Lappeenranta is known as a summer city, mostly due to its closeness to the Lake Saimaa. Europe’s 4th largest lake. The eponymous GoSaimaa (www.gosaimaa.com) provides all the touristic activities in the area. In addition, its inland location means that summers tend to be warmer and winters colder than along the coastal areas.

Lappeenranta does have a healthy winter tourism industry. Various cabins around Lake Saimaa, as well as numerous snowmobiles, Nordic skating, floating in the river, reindeer rides, paragliding, skiing and sledding tracks draw a fair number of winter visitors.

The proximity of the Russian border is increasingly visible in the number of Russian tourists visiting the city. In fact, Lappeenranta is closer (195 km or 121 miles) to Saint Petersburg than Helsinki, the capital of Finland (220 km or 140 miles). The presence of Russian tourists is noticeable by the many Russian registered cars on the streets and the use of Cyrillic letters in signs of some shops.

Places and events

  • The old fortress, with a number of museums, cafés and the oldest Russian Orthodox church in Finland.
  • St. Mary's Church of Lappee, an 18th-century wooden church in the center of the city.
  • The harbour area, with cruises to Vyborg and the nearby Saimaa Canal.
  • The central market place, where you can enjoy the local specialities, such as meat pies known as "Atomi" (atom) or "Vety" (hydrogen).
  • The Night of The Fortess, a two-day cultural festival held in early August.
  • The Lappeenranta Ballet Gala in late August.
  • The annual Lappeenranta National Singing Contest.
  • The biggest sand castle in Finland is built next to Port of Lappeenranta every summer.

Information about copyright

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

Link to the description of the license

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Input taken over from:

Lappeenranta. (2017, February 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:15, February 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lappeenranta&oldid=765153375

taken over / edited on

16 Feb 2017

taken over / edited by

Ottocolor

 

31 km
1,5 km
101 m

 

FI-53100 Lappeenranta

 

Hotel without restaurant (garni)

 

32 km
0,4 km
90 m

FI-53100 Lappeenranta

 

Station

 

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