Fishing lodge by the sparkling rapids
Located about six kilometers from the center of Kotka, Langinkoski is a spectacular rapids area with an imperial fishing lodge. The area has been used as a museum since the 1930s and is now a popular recreation area. Next to the bubbling rapids, it is nice to spend a relaxing summer day or take a time trip to the end of the 19th century.
The Imperial Fishing Lodge is named after the Russian Emperor Alexander III’s according to which the summer house was built as a fishing lodge. In fact, the emperor visited the fishing lodge only more than ten times during the five summers, and did not stay overnight there once.
On those few days when the emperor and his entourage visited the fishing lodge, the days were spent eating in addition to fishing and enjoying the music. The guests of the party could also stay at the Langinkoski hut, when the emperor himself always stayed a couple of kilometers away on his anchored pleasure boat.
As late as the end of the 19th century, a large amount of salmon was caught in Langinkoski, and the imperial catch was sent to Russia. Over time, the salmon in the Kymijoki River disappeared due to pollution and damming.
Today, the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge is a museum where you can explore the area on your own or on a guided tour. Rooms at the 2-storey fishing lodge are accessible, and there is also a museum shop in the building. There are also two cafés in the Langinkoski area.
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Text and photos: Inka Khanji
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