Imatrankoski rapids, the Kruununpuisto Park in the center of Imatra, the oldest nature park in Finland
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The Imatrankoski rapids on the Vuoksi river formed about 5000 years ago after the last Ice Age, and became a famous European attraction by 1800.

The rapids (which are now locked by a dam) were visited by Empress Catherine II of Russia in 1772, and the park itself we founded in 1842 by Tsar Nicholas I. Nowadays, the park consists of four sections: the Koskipuisto, the Patopuisto, the Muinaisuoma, and the Valtionhotelli. The park's sights range from a monument to the largest hydroelectric power plant in Finland to a summer theatre, walking trails and children's playgrounds.

In the summer, regular dam opening shows are held. The shows are free for all (it is advised to come a little early to reserve a good viewing spot on the bridge). In the winter - fireworks take place above the dam.

Last updated 29.09.2023

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