perjantai 15. kesäkuuta 2012

Saimaa Gardens

Saimaa Gardens
 In the nearer past Imatra and Rauha has been a popular tourist destination from 1800. The area has long traditions in spa and hotel activities. As early as 1894 the area’s first hotel spa - Rauha pensionaat för turister - was established by area’s first real travel industry entrepreneur Gustaf Alm.

Alm continued until 1912 when a Russia-born physicist Dimitri Gabrilovitsch bought the place to transform it into a sanatorium. The clinic’s services were quite exotic at the time: dozens and dozens of different kinds of baths as well as galvanic and bright light treatments. Even the food was modern: diet and vegetarian meals were served regularly.      

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