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 is an impressive sight, with lighting that changes according to atmospheric pressure. This work of lighting art was designed by Heini Myllyoja and realised by C2 Smartlight Oy for the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence.

Tip: Observation tower, free admission. There is a café in the tower at a height of nearly 40 metres!

The bridge in numbers:
Total length                               781 m
Number of support pillars          17
Volume of concrete                   10,000 m³
Clearance below                        25 m
Water channel width                  330 m
Foundation depth in water         9–10 m
Height                                        28.5 m
Height at the level of the café    37 m
Longest span                             140 m
Construction started                  1993
Completed                                 31 July 1996

Contact details

Puumala Marina
Keskustie 4
52200 Puumala
+358 (0)50 562 070 6