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'''Imatra''' (population ca. 30 000) is an industrial town in [[South Karelia]]. It is dominated by Lake Saimaa, the River Vuoksi and the Finnish-Russian border. Imatra’s over 300-year-old history of busy tourism is greatly attributed to the attraction of the spectacular rapids of the river Vuoksi which have enticed many illustrious personas to visit the area throughout the ages. Visitors have included such people as Russian Empress
Catherine II, Alexander Dumas Senior and Richard Wagner.
* <sleep name="Imatran Valtionhotelli" address="Torkkelinkatu 2" phone="+358-5-625-2000" url="http://www.rantasipi.fi/hotelli.cfm?id=rsima" price="95€-">The offputting name of the ''Imatra State Hotel'' hides a wealth of history: this castle-like hotel by the Imatrankoski rapids was built in 1903 for Russian nobility, and for several generations of Finns a suite here was ''the'' place to spend your honeymoon. Now privately run, the hotel was reopened in 2005 after extensive renovation and is, by Finnish standards, surprisingly cheap.</sleep>