Lappeenranta is a city renowned for its beautiful natural scenery and its happy Karelian character. The lake district of Saimaa adds a distinct charm to the southern Karelian landscape and life style. The bay area, with its historical fortress and linden trees, is the summer paradise for local residents, and for travelers from all over the world. Winter in Lappeenranta is a lively and active season. Well-kept cross country skiing tracks start from the centre of the town, with many skiing events to enliven the atmosphere in the late winter. A rich variety of theatre performances and concerts, excellent accommodation, fascinating museums and magnificent opportunities for outdoor activities, seasoned with Karelian hospitality, make Lappeenranta a favorite tourist destination all year long.