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Experience Finland’s biggest Sandcastle!

Lappeenranta’s summer 2018 Sandcastle is the biggest sandcastle in Finland!

The 15-year-old Sandcastle respects the European Year of Cultural Heritage in its castle art.

Finland’s biggest Sandcastle includes all the Finland’s castles as well as the Vyborg’s Castle. There are also sculptures of familiar tourist attractions from the Saimaa area and St. Petersburg as well as the destinations of Athens and Milan. From the Sandcastle, which is celebrating its handsome age, can be spotted also familiar sculpture characters from the previous years and the spirit of the FIFA World Cup, also played in neighboring St Petersburg.

Lasting favorites, like the little train, the carousel and the bouncing castle entertain children. There are also miniature golf, rentable bikes, kayaks, canoes, SUP-boards and rowing boats. In the Sandcastle, there is also a sand chapel where devotions are held through the whole summer. In addition to all this, there is a tourist info, a café and an ice cream kiosk at the Sandcastle. 

Participate in the Sandcastle sculpturing!

This year audience gets to participate in the sculpture work. At the Sandcastle open and free public sculpture events are organized for everyone which are being guided by virtual arts education student, sand sculptor Jesse Törmikoski.

Public sculpture events can be participated between 12th and 30th of June every week from Tuesday to Saturday between 4pm and 6pm. The sculpture event won’t be organized at Midsummer.

All the necessary sculpture tools can be found at the Sandcastle. The sand doesn’t really mess but gets stuck also to clothes so that is important to remember in clothing. To people with sensitive hands we recommend gardening gloves.

 

Opening hours

Sandcastle area:

9 June2 September from 10 am - 9 pm in summer 2018

Tourist information:

9 June – 24 June and  1 August – 2 September from 10am - 6pm

25 June – 31 July from 10am - 8pm

Free entrance to Sandcastle.

Ride tickets: 
Day ticket 4 € 
Single ticket 1 € 
Season ticket 20 € 

Sandcastle attractions:

9 June – 24 June 10am - 6pm

25 June – 31 July from 10am - 8pm

1.-12.8., 18.-19.8., 25.-26.8. and 1.-2.9. from 10 am - 6 pm

Upon arrival at Lappeenranta from the direction of Lake Saimaa, a castle made of sand protecting the city bay unfolds on the horizon against the walls of the Fortress. You can enjoy theatre and music performances in the area as well. Entertainment for children also includes a small train and a carousel.

About three million kilos of sand are used in the building of the castle. The sand is bound for moulding with a glue mixture and skilful sculptors work their magic on it to build an impressive castle with towers and a chapel. Some of the Sandcastle sculptors are local artists and some come from the Spain, Latvia and Russia.

 

STREET TRAIN

The street train is out of order temporarily! We apologize! 

At the Sandcastle street train stop, you can easily embark on a nice tour of Lappeenranta city centre. 

Operating dates and times

The street train is in operation 9 June-12 August, 18-19 and 25-26 August, 1-2 September

Street train leaves from Sandcastle every hour

Mondays at 12-17 and Tuesdays to Sundays at 11-17

Prices

Adult €5
Children €2
Family ticket €10 (2 adults + 2 children)
Day ticket: adult €7, children €3.

It´s a hop-on/hop-off service: you can leave the train at any of the stops.

Street Train route - Click to view large map

The train leaves every hour at Hiekkalinna (Sandcastle) Tue-Sun 11-17, Mon 12-17. Approximate times past even hour.
 
1. Hiekkalinna 00 min.
2. Upseerikerho 8 min. 
3.

Adolf Ehrnroothin aukio

12 min.
4. Oleksi Kauppakatu 20 min.
5. Vapaudenaukio 28 min.
6. Halkosaari 35 min.
7. Kylpylä 40 min. 
8. Satamatori / Maalaisten laituri 40 min.
9. Linnoitus 48 min.
10. Hiekkalinna 55 min.

 

You can also hire Street Train to privat use: Antti Tuomaala, Tel. +358 400 658 203, antti.tuomaala@lappeenranta.fi

 

TOURIST INFORMATION

Lappeenranta Tourist Information serves visitors at the Sandcastle:

9 June – 24 June and  1 August – 2 September from 10am - 6pm

25 June – 31 July from 10am - 8pm

Sandcastle attractions in August:

1.-12.8., 18.-19.8., 25.-26.8. and 1.-2.9. from 10 am - 6 pm

Bicycles, kayaks and rowing boat are available for rent at the Sandcastle tourist information point. Price list

 

FAQ

Who creates the sand sculptures?

This year the sand sculptors are all professionals. They come from Finland, Canada, Holland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.

How are the sand sculputers made?

First the sand is packed into molds using water and compactor. After the packing the sculputre is made from top to botoom. The molds are removed as the sculpting progresses.

Is there something mixed with the sand?

There is nothing but water mixed with the sand. The sand is particular type of sand that fits into creating sculptures. The scultpure is finished by spraying it with Finnish Kiilto 66 yleis-/puuliima glue-water mixture to get its hard surface.

What happens when it rains?

Normal rain does not hurt the sculptures. It here is a continued heavy rain, the surface of the sculptures may be hurt and the we will make repairs on them.

What kind of tools are used in making the sculptures?

The sculptors use different kinds of spatulas and splints, shovels and so on. Many of them have also created theri own tools that they like to use.

How long does the sculpture last?
Sculptures last a long time weather permitting. If the surface is broken, the sculpture breaks.

Please do not touch the sculptures :)