Attractions

An Apt Sculpture for Weary Guests

Väsynyt(“Tired”) is a bronze statue at the Puumala marina, in a little square between the bridge and the Satama restaurant. The Emil Cedercreutz Foundation donated the sculpture in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary …

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Ferries and Village Roads

Puumala is a municipality in an archipelago with approximately 3,000 km of shoreline and nearly one thousand islands. There are three active car ferries in Puumala, located at Hätinvirta, Kietävälänvirta and Rongonsalmi. The recently-opened …

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Great Puumalansalmi Bridge

The Puumalansalmi Bridge is one of the largest highway bridges in Finland. It is a modern landmark with lift access to the Saimaanmajakka observation tower, which offers a brilliant view of Saimaa. The tower …

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Legendary Pistohiekka Beach

Stop for a moment to admire Puumala’s Pistohiekka beach and Lietvedentie, which are among the most photographed landscapes in Finland. A causeway weaving through the heart of Lake Saimaa was completed in 1956 and …

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Liehtalanniemi – A Taste of the Past

The Liehtalanniemi Museum Estate and nature reserve, tucked in a sheltered cove on Niinisaari, will take you back in time. See what life was like in the archipelago in the beginning of the 20th …

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Pilot Changes on the Fly

Since 1868, pilotage services have been provided in Puumalansalmi Strait, which is an important node in the network of ship routes between the southern and northern part of Saimaa. Ships also use the Saimaa …

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Puumala Church

The Church of St John the Baptist in Puumala is an example of double cruciform church architecture. The simple and beautiful wooden church and the old cemetery dominate the view on the main street …

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Rokansaari – An Island  Paradise

Rokansaari Island boasts with sandy beaches, ridges and pine forests. There are also fine inland ponds on the island.  The marina, camp site and toilets are run by the Saimaa Recreational Association. Rokansaari is …

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S/S Wenno

Cruises in 2018 An atmospheric cruise on a genuine tar steamer on Mondays 2–30 July 6:00 – 7:30 PM departing from the Puumala marina, Satamatie 2. Tickets: EUR 12 per adult, EUR 25 per …

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Salpa Line Steel and Concrete Bunker

Salpa Line (Salpalinja) is a 1,200 km bunker line that was built in 1940, 1941 and 1944 to defend the eastern border of Finland. Bunker No. 4 in Puumala can accommodate 20 soldiers, and …

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Who was Maria Shpak-Benois?

Maria Viktorovna Shpak-Benois 1870–1891 Among the great Russian painters of the 19th century was St. Petersburg-born Maria Viktorovna Shpak-Benois. Even at a young age, she proved to be a first-class impressionist who used colours and …

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Windmill

The charming old windmill draws the attention of passers-by on road 62 in Luukkolankylä. The mill is owned by Puumala Seura ry association, which also publishes the local newspaper. The mill was moved to …

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