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Discover Helsinki and its surroundings!
This brochure presents the most interesting sights and attractions for daytrips. This brochure is your guide when travelling outside the centre of Helsinki and around Southern Finland, offering you invaluable tips about local sights, culture, food and what’s going on in the area. In 2012 Helsinki is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland and is proud to be World Design Capital together with its neighbouring municipalities Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. Travelling between these destinations is very easy and highly recommended. Discover the environs of Helsinki with this brochure and let it guide you to the best attractions in Southern Finland!
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• Helsinki • World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 • King’s Road • Nordic Oddity • Espoo • Vantaa • Lake Tuusula • Vihti • West Uusimaa Region • Hanko • Raasepori • Porvoo • Loviisa • Kotka • Hamina • Hämeenlinna • Lahti Region • Kouvola • Neighbours of Helsinki
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Hämeenlinna 101 km Raasepori 76 km Järvenpää 36 km Vihti 49 km Nummela 39 km Kouvola 134 km Hamina 146 km St.Petersburg 391 km
Hanko 128 km
Tuusula 28 km
Porvoo 50 km
Vantaa 16 km
Stockholm 402 km
Espoo 18 km
Espoo By train from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station to Leppävaara: local trains A, E, U, S, Y, L. By bus from Leppävaara to Serena Water Park and Ski Resort: buses 21, 21K. By train from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station to Espoon keskus: trains E, U, S, L. By bus from Espoon keskus to Nuuksio National Park: buses 85, 85K. By bus from Kamppi bus station to Tapiola: buses 106, 107, 109, 110. By bus from Elielinaukio to Tapiola: buses 194, 195. By bus from Elielinaukio to Serena Water Park and Ski Resort: bus 339T. Vantaa By bus from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station to Helsinki Airport: bus 615. By train to Tikkurila (Eastern Vantaa): trains Z, R, H, K, T, N, I. By train to Myyrmäki (Western Vantaa): train M. Tuusula and Järvenpää By train from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station: trains H, R. By bus from Kamppi bus station: buses marked Järvenpää, Mäntsälä or Kellokoski. Vihti By bus from Kamppi bus station: platform 28. West Uusimaa Region By bus from Kamppi bus station: platform 27. Buses marked Lohja or Virkkala. Hanko and Raasepori By train from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station. By bus from Kamppi bus station, local bus 280 or ExpressBus. Porvoo By bus from Kamppi bus station daily every half hour. By ferry during summertime: the ferries m/s J.L. Runeberg and Royal Line depart from the Market Square. Loviisa By bus from Kamppi bus station: buses 840, 870. Kotka By car along E18 motorway (Helsinki-Kotka). Some 20 daily bus services between Helsinki and Kotka. Several daily bus services from Helsinki Airport to Kotka. Hamina By bus from Kamppi bus station, several departures per day. The route goes through Porvoo, Loviisa and Karhula. Hämeenlinna By train from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station: trains IC and express trains R/H, H. By bus from Kamppi bus station: all ExpressBus services to Tampere stop in Hämeenlinna. Lahti By train from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station. By bus from Kamppi bus station, several departures per day. Kouvola By car along E18 motorway (Helsinki-Kouvola). By train. By bus from Helsinki Airport. Bus timetables: www.matkahuolto.fi Train timetables: www.vr.fi
Tallinn 84 km
Loviisa 87 km
Kotka 133 km
Lahti 104 km
Lohja 57 km
Helsinki & Southern Finland
World Design Capital HELSINKI
Are you looking for a relaxing sea cruise, Finnish design products, top concerts, interesting sightseeing tours or an enjoyable gourmet experience? Helsinki and its intriguing districts offer plenty to see and do throughout the year. Every day of the week is packed with a variety of events, from the fine arts to music and sports to exhibitions. The beautiful clean nature surrounding Helsinki also offers unlimited possibilities for enjoying healthy activities.
The coastal city of Helsinki has earned a reputation as a pocket-sized and modern metropolis where visitors can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Eastern and western influences from the past 460 years can be seen everywhere. With these tips you can visit Helsinki’s versatile urban districts outside the city centre.
The former harbour and industrial area of Ruoholahti has been transformed in the past decades into a residential district. It is home to the largest cultural centre in Finland, Kaapelitehdas, which was once a factory producing telephone and electrical cables. Today it houses museums, galleries, dance theatres and art schools. Suomenlinna Suomenlinna is one of the world’s largest historical maritime fortresses and home to 850 city residents. With its museums, restaurants and events, the islands of Suomenlinna offer a unique experience for visitors of all ages throughout the year. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. The 15-minute ferry crossing to the fortress offers you a unique chance to admire and photograph Helsinki from the sea. Seurasaari Seurasaari is a popular museum island and recreational area located 15 minutes by bus from the city centre. The wooden buildings at the Open-Air Museum represent Finnish building traditions from the 18th to the 20th centuries. During the summer season various workshops and events at the museum present traditional handicrafts, customs, folklore and folk dancing. Kaivopuisto & nearby islands Kaivopuisto is Helsinki’s oldest and most popular park, as well as a prestigious embassy district. The proximity of the sea, the rocky cliffs and the green lawns offer many opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Along the shore and on the nearby islands you can find several
cafés and summer restaurants. Take a ferry to Uunisaari Island off the southern shore of Kaivopuisto Park or to Pihlajasaari Island and find sandy beaches and convenient services, attracting summer holidaymakers to swim and picnic. Kivinokka & Uutela Kivinokka is a large outdoor and recreational area situated in the Herttoniemi district in Helsinki. Actively used by locals, it represents a significant part of the cultural history of Helsinki. With its rugged cliffs, natural marshland and old villas, Uutela is the largest and most diverse outdoor area in East Helsinki. Tuomarinkylä Manor Tuomarinkylä Manor is located next to the Vantaanjoki river. With a history dating back to the 16th century, the manor house is surrounded by cultivated land, stables and a garden. Visitors can also relax and dine in the idyllic Tuomarinkylä restaurant. Haltiala The Haltiala area is the largest single outdoor area in Helsinki. Here you can take a walk along several nature paths and discover the unique appeal and peace of the Finnish nature.
Kallio & Töölö The former working-class district of Kallio is one of the most characterful parts of Helsinki. Favoured these days by artists and students, the district’s bohemian bars and trendy boutiques attract visitors with a sense of adventure. Visit also the over-100-yearold Hakaniemi Market Hall and its outdoor market, where you will find everything from groceries and flowers to clothing and handicrafts for sale. The Töölö district is home to some of Helsinki’s favourite tourist attractions, such as the Sibelius Monument honouring the composer Jean Sibelius and the unique Temppeliaukio church, which is quarried out of the natural bedrock and serves as a popular venue for concerts. Arabia & Ruoholahti The area of Arabia is a modern centre for the sciences, design and the arts, as well as a waterfront residential district. Home of the School of Art and Design and the 130-year-old Arabia porcelain factory, museum and gallery, Arabia continues to be a pioneer in modern Scandinavian design.
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HELSINKI Top Events
Lux Helsinki, light installations, Senate Square, January Via Crucis – Stages of the Cross, Kaisaniemi – Senate Square, March–April (in Easter) May Day Eve celebrations in Market Square from 6pm onwards and May Day picnics in Kaivopuisto Park the next morning, 30 April–1 May Ihana Helsinki, events throughout the city, May Helsinki Week, events throughout the city, June Midsummer Eve celebrations at Seurasaari, June Helsinki Pride Festival, June–July Tuska Festival, heavy metal, Suvilahti, June–July Flow Festival, electronic music, Suvilahti, August Helsinki City Marathon, start and finish at the Olympic Stadium, August Helsinki Festival, events hroughout the city, August–September Love & Anarchy Film Festival, various cinemas, September Helsinki Design Week, September Carnival of Light, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, October Herring Market, the city’s oldest annual event, Market Square, October Winter Circus, Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth, Kaapelitehdas, November–January Finnish Independence Day, ceremonial events and festivities, 6 December St. Thomas Christmas Market, Senate Square, December Winter Fest, rides and activities, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, December–January Find more information and specific event days at: www.visithelsinki.fi > Events
You can rely on Helsinki City Transport to get to these destinations. The Tourist Ticket offers unlimited travel for 1, 3 or 5 days within Helsinki. Helsinki Card holders are also entitled to public transportation, as well as to free admission to over 60 museums and sights. The adult card also entitles the holder to a free Audio City Tour. For more information about the Tourist Ticket, Helsinki Card and destinations, see www.visithelsinki.fi.
year as World Design Capital alongside its neighbouring municipalities of Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. See the following page for details! At the same time Helsinki is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland. This historical year will be brought to life with a wide range of special events.
Helsinki has around 1100 restaurants where you will find everything from gourmet delights to bistro treats. The latest trend is for young chefs to start their own small and unique gourmet restaurants, such as the Michelinstarred Demo, Luomo and Postres. Finnish cuisine is typified by simplicity and purity. The easiest way to taste local specialties is to order from the HelsinkiMenu, which is offered in 15 restaurants in the city centre. The menu varies according to restaurant and season. Helsinki also has a number of Russian restaurants, where you can taste treats of the East. Helsinki’s idyllic island restaurants are open from May to the end of September and can be reached by ferry from the mainland. Try also one of the popular lunch or dinner cruises departing from the Market Square.
Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes not only from its colourful past but also from its proximity to the sea, which offers an endless number of exciting activities. The city’s many green parks are popular gathering places for visitors and residents alike. Helsinki’s cultural life is vibrant all year round, with over 3000 stimulating and unique events taking place annually. This year Helsinki will be in the spotlight of the design world as the city celebrates its
The fresh sea air, beautiful parks and excellent recreational facilities in Helsinki offer you unlimited possibilities to enjoy healthy activities throughout the year. Thanks to its compact size, Helsinki is ideal for walking and jogging, or you can just as easily enjoy the scenery by cycling or canoeing. While you are in Helsinki you can relax in a genuine Finnish sauna, which you can also combine in wintertime with a swim in the sea through a hole cut in the ice!
Information about Helsinki can be found in the brochure “Helsinki – Visitors Guide”. Visit also the official tourism website www.visithelsinki.fi, where you will find the very latest Helsinki tips.
Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau Pohjoisesplanadi 19, P.O. Box 28 FI-00099 CITY OF HELSINKI
Tel. +358 (0)9 3101 3300, fax +358 (0)9 3101 3301 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.visithelsinki.fi Tourist Information 15 May - 14 Sept: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm 15 Sept - 14 May: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
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OpEN HELSINKI Embedding Design in Life
In 2012 Helsinki is proud to be World Design Capital together with its neighbouring municipalities Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. Travelling between them is very easy and highly recommended. The official programme for WDC Helsinki 2012 includes around 300 special events and projects, all of which share the same goal: To find ways in which design can be used to make cities more functional and better places. You can navigate through the design capital year by using the WDC Helsinki 2012 smart phone application. Minimalistic, functional and clean Finnish design has enjoyed an enviable international reputation for decades. Helsinki even has its very own Design District, an area that is home to a wide range of designer shops, interior design studios, antique dealers, clothing and
jewellery boutiques, artist workshops, galleries, museums, restaurants and lots more. The easiest way to discover the Design District is to take the Design Walk, a two-hour guided tour of the top sights. You can also stay overnight in the Design District at the stylish Klaus K hotel operated by Design Hotels. In the heart of the Design District is Design Forum Finland, a gallery and shop that presents the latest trends in Finnish design. The Design Forum Shop sells Finnish designer products, from classic names to new discoveries. The Design Museum’s permanent exhibition chronicles the history and development of design in Finland and is supported by temporary Finnish and international theme exhibitions.
Further information: www.wdchelsinki2012.fi
Connecting East and West, the King’s Road forms a unique route of cultures whose treasures can easily be explored. Mediaeval churches, beautiful manor houses, picturesque ironworks villages, idyllic harbour towns and charming country villages tell a tale of the rich past of the King’s Road.
King’s Road The King’s Road is an ancient highway of historical, cultural and tourist interest following the medieval mail coach route. Connecting East and West, the King’s Road forms a unique route of cultures whose treasures can easily be explored. Mediaeval churches, beautiful manor houses, picturesque ironworks villages, idyllic harbour towns and charming country villages tell a tale of the rich past of the King’s Road. Visit the beautiful towns while driving
or biking along the King’s Road, which runs along the main roads of the southern coastline. Uusimaa Travel and Cycling Routes & Map is a handy guide to tourism and cycling routes. The guidebook consists of four themed routes: sea, nature, culture and history. The routes vary in length from 170 to 280 kilometres. www.karttakeskus.fi
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HELSINKI Nordic Oddity
Pick up a copy of the Nordic Oddity brochure from Tourist information for tips, or check them out online at: www.visithelsinki.fi > Brochures
Nordic Oddity Helsinki is a cultural city that has found its own niche between East and West. Internationally Helsinki is known for its unique design, architecture and high technology. The city is also mentioned in connection with graphic design, music and youth culture. Clubs & Music Helsinki does not compete with other cities in terms of the amount of nightlife but rather its quality. A wide range of clubs and bars offers a choice of atmospheres and price levels. Whether you want to hang out with the art students, media types or working class Joe’s, the city centre has the establishment you are looking for. Pub-crawlers should also check out the Kallio district near the centre.
Biggest nightclub: The Circus, Salomonkatu 1-3 Kaurismäki complex: Corona, Café Moskova and Dubrovnik, Eerikinkatu 11 Artist restaurant: Kosmos, Kalevankatu 3 Rock ‘n’ roll: Tavastia and Semifinal, Urho Kekkosen katu 6 There is no shortage of special events either, such as the Flow Festival for modern urban music, the Funky Elephant Festival for black rhythm music and the fortnight-long Helsinki Festival. Culture and Shopping The majority of Helsinki’s cultural establishments and sights are situated within walking distance of the city centre. Art museums, such as the Tennis Palace Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, are just a stone’s throw away from the Senate Square and the best shopping streets. In addition to major shopping centres, Helsinki offers hundreds of tiny and unique boutiques, including original designer shops.
ALTERNATiVE An authentic adventure, an alternative perspective to explore the city. BLiss Pamper, indulge and enjoy yourself with luxury experiences. CREATiVE inexpensive and creative ways to see the city through the eyes of the locals.
Bars in City Center Design nightclub: Le Bonk, Yrjönkatu 24 Above the rooftops: Ateljee Bar, Sokos Hotel Torni, Yrjönkatu 5 Entertainment complex: Teatteri, Pohjoisesplanadi 2 DJs: mbar, Mannerheimintie 22–24 International: Casino Helsinki, Mikonkatu 19 Terrace complex: On the Rocks, Baarikärpänen and Public Corner, Mikonkatu 15 Irish: Molly Malone’s, Kaisaniemenkatu 1 Fine drinking: Cocktail Lounge A21, Annankatu 21 Rock: Bar Loose, Annankatu 21 Crazy: Cuba Café, Erottajankatu 4 Old favourite: Café Bar 9, Uudenmaankatu 9 Style conscious: The Tiger, Urho Kekkosen katu 1 A
From June to August the streets of Helsinki are patrolled by around 20 young Helsinki Helpers dressed in green offering free advice and help to visitors. Ask them about interesting events and sights or for brochures and maps. The helpers are themselves assisted by Helppi, our fun mascot who can be seen up and down Esplanade Park. The Helsinki Helpers also serve customers from the Info Container. Helsinki & Southern Finland
ESpOO Metropolitan Area gem by the Sea
Espoo, located next to the capital Helsinki is a diverse city where arts and culture meet the unspoilt wilderness of the Nuuksio National park. There are 58 kilometres of seashore, 165 islands, 95 lakes and 8 golf courses to enjoy. Explore events, art exhibitions, theatre performances, international sport events, splendid concerts, adventurous sea or nature activities throughout the year. A comprehensive range of accommodation is available to suit all budgets and tastes.
EMMA-Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA is one of Finland´s largest art museums. It is located at the WeeGee Exhibition Centre which offers plenty to see for the whole family with changing exhibitions and events. WeeGee also houses the Espoo City Museum, the Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum, the Finnish Toy Museum, the Finnish Museum of Horology, Gallery Aarni and a museum shop and a café.
Ahertajantie 5, 02100 Espoo Tel. +358 (0)9 8165 7512 www.emma.museum, www.weegee.fi Open: Tue, Thu, Fri 11am–6pm, Wed 11am–8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
serena Water Park and serena ski Resort The largest tropical water amusement park in the Nordic countries offers many exciting waterslides and other thrills, including popular outdoor attractions. In winter downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and much more.
Tornimäentie 10, 02970 Espoo Tel. +358 (0)9 887 0550 Opening hours: www.serena.fi
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Guided theme cruises Enjoy Espoo’s unique archipelago and lakeside area on guided theme cruises.
Available from June to September. Tel. +358 (0)10 292 0990 www.visitespoo.fi
Akseli Gallen-Kallela museum Visit the home of our national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela in a castle-like atelier home, built 1911-13 in Art Nouveau style. Changing exhibitions with varying themes offer fresh combinations of the works of Gallen-Kallela and his contemporaries, modern art and photography. The museum also houses a charming café-restaurant.
Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, 02600 Espoo Tel. +358 (0)9 849 2340, www.gallen-kallela.fi Open: 15 May-31 Aug 11am-6pm, 1 Sept-14 May Tue-Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Oittaa Recreation Centre By lake Bodom, Oittaa offers versatile and exciting activities all year round. Beaches for swimming and ice swimming, saunas, nature trails, exercise tracks and a café. Equipment rental includes: canoes, bikes, kick-bikes, snowshoes, skates and skis.
Kunnarlantie 33–39, 02740 Espoo Tel. +358 (0) 44 722 6329 www.suomenlatu.fi/oittaa
Cosy Finland Meet the Finns in their own homes and experience Finnish everyday life, culture and cuisine.
Tel. +358 (0)40 5965 434 www.cosyfinland.com
Solvalla Sports Institute and Solvalla Swinghill Solvalla Sports Institute provides versatile exercise opportunities and equipment rental for individuals, companies and groups amidst splendid scenery. Canoe rental, tennis court, indoor sports hall and gym. In winter downhill and cross-country skiing.
Nuuksiontie 82, 02820 Espoo Tel. +358 (0)9 8678 430 www.solvalla.fi, www.swinghill.fi
Santa’s Summerhouse Now you have a unique opportunity to explore Santa’s summer traditions ashore of the pond Korpilampi where Santa has had his summer house for hundreds of years. Peak into the beautiful backwoods and follow a path leading you into the secrets of Santa’s summer. Meet the sauna elf and enjoy coffee with Finnish “pulla”.
Tel. +358 (0)50 517 6996 www.santasummerhouse.com Available for groups from May to September
Honkalintu Fishing and hiking excursions that listen to and respect nature.
Tel. +358 (0)50 330 8077 www.honkalintu.fi
Nuuksio National Park The most significant national park in Southern Finland offers excellent opportunities for relaxation in the wilderness: horse riding, biking, canoeing, climbing, picking berries and mushrooms, swimming, snowshoeing, skiing and trekking. Stay overnight in a tent or lean-to shelter. And just a half-an-hour drive from Helsinki. Visitors are served by an extensive network of marked trails and guide services.
Tel. +358 (0)20 5644 790 www.luontoon.fi/nuuksio
Huimala adventure Hall Huimala indoor adventure park offers great fun for kids of all ages. There is a huge softplay, a sports arena, table games, an electric car track, a ball-cannon arena, trampolines and inflatable bounce castles.
Juvankartanontie 15, 02920 Espoo Tel. +358 (0)20 794 0790 www.huimala.fi Open: Tue-Wed 2pm–8pm, Thu-Sun 10am–8pm
Sea & Mountain Adventures Full-service safari house in Nuuksio. Tailored events including all necessary equipment throughout the year.
Puh. +358 (0)9 595 550 www.sma.fi
• Visit Espoo Tel. +358 (0)9 8164 7230 email@example.com, www.visitespoo.fi
• Tourist Information in Citizen’s Offices: Tapiola, Matinkylä, Leppävaara, Espoonlahti, Espoon keskus, Kalajärvi.
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• April Jazz 23 - 29 April, international jazz festival, www.apriljazz.fi • Kivenlahti Rock 8 - 9 June in Leppävaara, www.kivenlahtirock.com • Organ Night and Aria Festival 7 June -30 August. Evening concerts in Espoo´s medieval cathedral, www.urkuyofestival.fi • Espoo Ciné 17 - 26 August International Film Festival in Espoo, www.espoocine.fi • Rantamaraton 22 - 23 September, Running event in Espoo, www.rantamaraton.fi
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VANTAA gateway to Finland
Photo: Heureka Image Bank
The Finnish Aviation Museum is a national special museum situated close to Helsinki Airport.
Tietotie 3, 01530 Vantaa Tel. +358 (0)9 8700 870, www.ilmailumuseo.fi Open Mon-Sun 10am–5pm, Wed 10am-8pm
Vantaa City Museum collects objects related to the past and present of Vantaa. The exhibition Our Story - Our History from Helsinge to Vantaa tells the tale of the City of Vantaa.
Tikkurila Old Station Building
Hertaksentie 1, 01300 Vantaa Tel. +358 (0) 9 8392 4449 www.vantaa.fi/kaupunginmuseo Open Tue–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat–Sun 11am–4pm
Heureka, the Finnish science Centre At Heureka visitors of all ages have the opportunity to experience and learn about science and technology in an exciting hands-on environment. Heureka´s Vattenfall Planetarium is one of the most modern digital planetariums in Europe.
Languages: Finnish, Swedish and English. Tiedepuisto 1, 01300 Vantaa Further information: Tel. +358 (0)9 85 799 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.heureka.fi
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Tasetie 8, 01510 Vantaa.
Flamingo Leisure Centre restaurants
Flamingo is an oasis of delicacies. E.g. Santorini (Greek)
Tel. +358 (0)9 753 0227, www.santorini.fi
Vantaa´s tourist attractions are located in the vicinity of the historic King´s Road and the E18 highway, as well as along the Vantaa and Kerava rivers. Vantaa is an airport city that constitutes a central part of the cosmopolitan Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Aviapolis, the fastest growing business center in the metropolitan area, is situated alongside Helsinki Airport.
La Famiglia (Italian-American)
Tel. +358 (0)9 856 85 850, www.rafla.fi
Ristorante Il Siciliano (Italian)
Tel. +358 (0)9 753 0226, www.ilsiciliano2.fi
Tel. +358 (0)20 1234 605, www.amarillo.fi
Vantaa Art Museum presents high-class national and international contemporary art in its alternating exhibitions.
The Myyrmäki House, Paalutori 3, 01600 Vantaa, Tel. +358 (0)9 8393 5570 www.vantaa.fi/taidemuseo Open Tue-Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 10am–4pm.
Flamingo Leisure Centre offers a diverse world of experiences: water park, spa and wellness world, bowling, films, glow-inthe dark minigolf, restaurants, night club, shopping, hotel and conference facilities. Flamingo´s own shopping gallery is linked with the Jumbo shopping mall, one of Finland´s biggest retail centres.
Tasetie 8, 01510 Vantaa www.flamingo.fi, www.jumbo.fi
Parrilla Steak House
Tel. +358 (0)44 480 9423, www.parilla.fi
Tapas BarCelona (Spanish)
Tel. +358 (0)9 8568 5710
Tel. +358 (0)44 480 9422, www.hesburger.fi
Restaurant Café Einstein Lunch and snacks, catering for groups and company events.
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre Tiedepuisto 1, 01300 Vantaa Tel. +358 (0)9 857 9399 www.kanresta.fi/heureka
Nissbacka Manor Sculpture Exhibition The remaining Nissbacka Manor parkland acts as Professor and Sculptor Laila Pullinen´s sculpture park.
Nissbacka Manor, Sotungintie 4, 01200 Vantaa, Tel. +358 (0)9 876 4632 www.myspace.com/nissbacka Open 1 June–1 September Wed 12noon–6pm and Sun 12noon–4pm.
Flamingo Spa. A Water Park for the whole family and a Flamingo Spa & Wellness centre for adults.
Info tel. +358 (0)20 7785 225 email@example.com Reservations, tel. +358 (0)20 7785 210 Sales Service, tel. +358 (0)20 7785 201 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.flamingospa.fi
Restaurant King’s Salmon
Old File Factory
Kuninkaantie 28, 01740 Vantaa
The Church of St. Lawrence in Helsinge Vicarage is the oldest building in the metropolitan area, dating from around 1460. It is one of the most favored wedding churches in the whole of Finland.
Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa, Tel. +358 (0)9 830 6621 www.vantaanseurakunnat.fi Open Mon-Fri 9am–12noon and 1pm–3pm. In summer Mon-Fri 9am–8pm. In summer also guide Mon-Fri 12noon–8pm.
Tulisuudelma is a dance club and restaurant with live music from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The stage is visited by the top artists and bands in Finland. Age limit 22. The party package also comprises accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vantaa, breakfast, sauna, entrance fee to Restaurant Tulisuudelma, as well as late checkout at 13.
Sokos Hotel Vantaa, Hertaksentie 2 01300 Vantaa, Tel. +358 (0)20 1234 618 www.tulisuudelma.fi. Reservations: Sokos Hotels Sales Service Tel. +358 (0)20 1234 600, Mon-Fri 8am-8pm
A restaurant in a scenic milieu for festivities, business meetings and conferences. King Mansion
Voudintie 1, 01740 Vantaa
An idyllic milieu for meetings and training sessions, also for wedding receptions. Open only by booking.
Sales department Tel. +358 (0)9 253 25300 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. www.kuninkaanlohet.com
Photo: Vantaa Urban Festival, Leena Tiuri
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Tikkurila Citizen’s Office / Vantaa City Tourist Information Ratatie 7, FI-01300 Vantaa Tel. +358 (0)9 8392 2133 Fax +358 (0)9 8392 2371 email@example.com, www.visitvantaa.fi
• Vantaa Urban Festival 12–16 May, www.kaupunkijuhla.fi • Nissbacka Manor Sculpture Exhibition 1 June–1 Sept, www.myspace.com/nissbacka • Valio-Jukola, Orienteering Competition 16–17 June, www1.jukola.com/2012 • Vantaa Music Festival 5–12 August, www.fibo.fi/vantaanmusiikkijuhlat • Tikkurila Country Market 6–7 October, www.vantaantoriyhdistys.fi
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LAKE TUUSULA Culture on the Shores of Lake Tuusula
Eero Järnefelt, The Bloom of Summer, Järvenpää Art Museum
Ainola The home of Jean Sibelius, where visitors can still experience the silence that the composer considered indispensable for his work. Café and a shop.
Ainolantie, Järvenpää Tel. +358 (0)9 287 322, www.ainola.fi Open: 2 May–30 Sep Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Järvenpää Art Museum The museum presents works by Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, as well as temporary exhibitions.
Kirjastokatu 8, Järvenpää Tel. + 358 (0)9 2719 2827 www.jarvenpaa.fi/taidemuseo Open: all year round
Anti-Aircraft Museum The Anti-Aircraft Museum brings together the past, present and future of anti-aircraft technology.
Klaavolantie 2, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 8718 3470 www.ilmatorjuntamuseo.fi Open: 1 May–31 Aug: Tue–Sun 11am–6pm, 1 Sep–30 Apr Wed–Sun 11am–5pm
Lake Tuusula area, just north of Helsinki, has played a significant role in Finland’s cultural history. A unique artistic community developed on the shores of Lake Tuusula towards the end of the 19th century. The community included famous names such as composer Jean sibelius, painters Pekka Halonen and Eero Järnefelt. The area, just North of Helsinki, is served by first class transport links and is easily reached by train and by car.
Halosenniemi The National Romantic-style log studio of the painter Pekka Halonen is today an art museum. The exhibitions feature the works of Halonen and other painters. The museum houses a café and a shop.
Rantatie, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 8718 3461 www.halosenniemi.fi Open: 1 May–31 Aug: Tue–Sun 11am– 7pm, 1 Sep–30 Apr: Tue 12noon–7pm, Wed–Sun 12noon–5pm
Kasarmi Art Centre The art museum is located in former Russian barracks building dating back to 1915. The museum displays special exhibitions from the collection of Aune Laaksonen Art Foundation and a collection of original illustrations by Martta Wendelin.
Jääkärinpolku 2, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 8718 3465 www.taidekeskuskasarmi.fi Open: 1 May–31 Aug: Tue–Sun 11am–6pm, 1 Sep–30 Apr: Wed–Sun 12noon–5pm
Syväranta Lotta Museum The Lotta Museum focuses on the role of women in the history of Finland. Café.
Rantatie 39, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 274 1077 www.lottamuseo.com Open: Open: 13 May 2012–30 Sept Tue, Thu–Sun 11am–6pm, Wed 11am–7pm. 1 Oct–31 Dec Wed 11am–7pm, Thu–Sun 11am–5pm
Ahola The home of the author Juhani Aho and his wife, the painter Venny SoldanBrofeldt.
Sibeliuksenväylä 57, Järvenpää Tel. + 358 (0)9 291 6685 www.jarvenpaa.fi/ahola Open: The renewed exhibition will be opened in summer 2012
Erkkola The poet J. H. Erkko’s house Erkkola was built in 1902 on the Tuusula Lake Road. Today, varied events such as clubevenings, concerts, lectures and smallscale exhibitions are held in Erkkola.
Rantatie 25, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 8718 3465 www.erkkola.fi Open: 5 May–31 Aug: Tue–Sun 11am–6pm, 1 Sep–10 Oct: Sat–Sun 12noon–5pm
In addition to cultural sights, events and exhibitions, the area offers accommodation, a number of other businesses providing tourist and cultural services and factory outlets.
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Hotel Gustavelund Scandic Järvenpää
Asema-aukio, Järvenpää Tel. +358 (0)9 27141 www.scandichotels.fi/jarvenpaa Kirkkotie 36, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 273751, www.gustavelund.fi
Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen Villa Kokkonen - “the music box” was designed by architect Alvar Aalto for academician, composer Joonas Kokkonen who worked and lived there from 1969 till 1996. Nowadays Villa Kokkonen is an international attraction: concerts, guided tours, design shop, log sauna and a café.
Tuulimyllyntie 5, Järvenpää Tel. +358 41 432 6166 www.villakokkonen.fi Open: All year round by reservation
Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage The cottage where the Finnish national writer Aleksis Kivi spent the last months of his life is now a significant national monument.
Rantatie, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 8718 3465 www.tuusula.fi Open: 2 May–31 Aug: Tue–Sun 11am–6pm, 1 Sep–10 Oct: Sat–Sun 12noon–5pm
Rantatie 2, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 274 841, www.krapi.fi
Rantatie 34, Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 258 821, www.onnela.com
Stålhanentie 4, Järvenpää Tel. +358 (0)45 139 4800 www.vanhankylanniemi.fi
Järvenpää Tourist information Hallintokatu 4 FI-04400 Järvenpää Tel. +358 (0)40 315 2718 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jarvenpaa.fi Tuusula Culture information Kasarmi Art Centre Jääkärinpolku 2, FI-04300 Tuusula Tel. +358 (0)9 8718 3465, 8718 3469 email@example.com www.tuusula.fi
TOp 5 EVENTS IN 2012
• • • • • Tuusula Brass 9 June, www.tjbb.fi Lakeside Blues Festival in Järvenpää 27 Jun–1 Jul, www.puistoblues.fi Our Festival 29 Jul–4 Aug, www.ourfestival.fi The Night of the Arts in Tuusula 10 Aug, www.taiteidenyo.fi Kallio-Kuninkala Chamber Music Festival 14–17 Jun, www.kallio-kuninkalafestival.fi
10 Helsinki & Southern Finland
VIHTI Sports, recreation and adventure in the mesmerizing nature of Vihti
Funtime, funtime.fi Hawkhill Nature, cottages in Nuuksio, hawkhill.fi Magic of Nuuksio, nuuksiontaika.fi Sellkami Center, Safaris and meetings, sellkami.fi Vihdin Ratsutalli – stables, vihdinratsutalli.fi Vihti Karting, vihua.fi
Restaurant Cantina Antonio
Nummela, tel +358 (0)9 222 3650
Vihti is the perfect destination for lovers of culture and art. Come and enjoy our many museums, art exhibitions, handcrafts and the quality plays of Vihti Theatre. Vihti Summer Theatre is located in a beautiful spot on Lake Kirkkojärvi, in Vihti Church Village. The neighbouring medieval ruins of St. Birgitta’s Church are also worth visiting to get a sense of the 500-year old history of Vihti. Walk down the beautiful main road in the Church Village and visit small boutiques and artisans. Families may enjoy visiting the miniature exhibition of Vihti Miniland or farm animals at Hennola Domestic Animal Farm. In August, Vihtians gather in the Church Village to celebrate the anniversary of Vihti in the “Wuosisatamarkkinat – Century Market” and Perttu’s Day Feast. Come and join the festivities!
Nummela, Tel. +358 (0)19 335 320
Restaurant Ned Kelly’s
Restaurant San Pietro
Nuuksio – Noux National Park Vihti’s numerous lakes dot the scenic and wild landscape, of which Nuuksio National Park is prime example. Most of the quiet wilderness of Nuuksio is situated in Vihti. Nuuksio offers endless recreational opportunities.
Meetings, sauna, Vihti Church Village, vihdinkellari.com
it is no wonder that Vihti is often called a “Miniature Finland”. The many faces of our nature can be found in the National Romantic cultural landscapes dotted with manor houses, the swaying fields of the countryside or the quiet wilderness with rocks, rapids and hundreds of lakes. Vihti is close to Helsinki - The Circle Road iii is only 15 minutes’ drive away and Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is 48 km away.
Vihdin Pirtti on the Lake Moksijärvi
Banquet room, sauna on the lake, accommodation, vihti.fi/vihdinpirtti
Vihti Church Village, miniland.fi
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Accommodation Selli Air Hotel
Nummela, airhotel.fi Vihti Church Village, selli.fi
Vihti Ski & Golf Center
Ojakkala, vihtigolf.fi, vihtiski.fi
Vihti Church Village, virtagalleria.fi
The many outdoor recreation areas, hiking and bike paths and crosscountry skiing tracks as well as canoe trails offer recreational, sportive and adventurous experiences. They make Vihti the destination for golfing, skiing, cross-country skiing, Nordic skating, swimming and hiking. You can also go on a snowmobile safari, horseback riding or even try gliding at Nummela airfield. You can admire the spectacular National Romantic view over Lake Hiidenvesi at Kokkokallio Hill, explore caves at Rokokallio Hill or wonder at the devil’s churn, dating back to ice age, at Konianvuori Hill. The whole family can enjoy a nature trail at Pääkslahti and Lake Vanjärvi birdlife sanctuary will satisfy even the most demanding birdwatcher.
Conference hotel Elohovi
Vihti Museum, Vihti Church Village
Basic exhibitions: • The turn-of-the century home of a Vihti peasant • 10 000 years of Vihti’s history. • Karelian Evacuees’ Museum and seasonal exhibitions Kirkkoniementie 1, vihti.fi/museo
Hillside Golf & Country Club
Hennola Domestic Animal Farm
Hotel and restaurant, Nummela, hopeaniemi.fi
19th century farm equipment and utensils. Niuhalanraitti 10, vihti.fi/museo
Shopping, handcraft, café Vihti Church Village, kapykyla.com
CONTACT INFORMATION TOp 5 EVENTS IN 2012
Vihti municipality Tel. +358 (0)9 4258 3000, firstname.lastname@example.org www.vihti.fi/tourism Vihti Tourist Information Tel. +358 (0)440 511 411 email@example.com • • • • •
Midsummer celebration 22.6.2012, Vihti Church Village, vihti.fi “Wuosisatamarkkinat – Century Market” and Perttu’s Day Feast 24-26.8.2012, Vihti Church Village, vihti.fi Päivölä Literature Days and Päivölä Poetry Reading Days in August, vihti.fi Hillside Golf & Country Club, hillsidegolf.fi, Vihti Golf Center, vihtigolf.fi VihtiExpo winter sports events, Vihti Ski Center, Ojakkala, www.vihtiski.fi
Helsinki & Southern Finland
WEST UUSIMAA REgION Culture, nature and activity
Only half an hour´s drive from Helsinki you will find wonderful countryside landscapes and beautiful views of lakes, rivers and the sea. These will tempt you to go paddling, fishing, boating and trekking. You will find greens for golfing, tracks for trip skating in winter and cottages for spending cosy leisure time. West Uusimaa region offers you adventures in all seasons.
Tytyri Mine Museum The Tytyri mine museum is situated in the original area, a mine still in operation, 110 metres below sea level. The visitors may experience the genuine feeling of mines in the cool and damp mine galleries. Seeing the 100 metre-wide and 100-metre-deep underground mine gives a good picture of the huge size of a limestone mine.
Opening hours: For groups on request all year round, for individuals June-August. Tytyrinkatu 2, Lohja. Tel. +358 (0)44 369 1309 www.tytyrinkaivos.fi
The Ciderberg Apple Vineyard & Lohjansaari island You will see thousands of flowering apple trees in May and colourful apple trees in autumn with fresh apples to pick in a basket. You may also visit the Ciderberg estate wine shop. Ask guided tours to the island and experience tasty and fruity atmosphere.
Pietiläntie 138, Lohja Lohja Tourist Service Centre Tel. +358 (0)44 369 1309 www.visitlohja.fi
The Degerby Igor Museum The lease of Porkkala is always the major theme for our museum. Why were there so many snakes in the Porkkala area in 1956? Why did the Russians paint almost everything in blue? The answers to these questions are served at the Degerby Igor museum that focuses on the so called Porkkala Parenthesis or the years 1944-1956 when this area was leased to the Soviet Union. This period forms an outstanding period in Finnish political history.
Furuborgintie 6, Inkoo Tel. +358 (0)40 541 8526 www.degerby.fi/www.porkkala.net
Church of St. Lawrence Lohja church is the third largest stone church in Finland and the rich al-secco style paintings of the Lohja church have a unique status as the last medieval art creations of Finland.
Opening hours: During Summer 9am16pm, Winter 10am-15pm. For guided tours call Lohja Lohja Tourist Service Centre. Sibeliuksenkatu 1, Lohja, Tel. +358 (0)44 369 1309 www.visitlohja.fi
Hvitträsk Hvitträsk was built between 1901–1903 by architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. Hvitträsk is also the boyhood home for world famous architect Eero Saarinen. The Saarinen house, which is a total work of art, is today a museum and the restaurant and the cafeteria are in the smaller villa area.
Hvitträskintie 166, Kirkkonummi Tel. +358 (0)9 40509630. www.hvittrask.fi
Vivamo Bible Village The Vivamo Bible Village is a theme park with activities, where eternal stories come alive in a fresh manner of realisation. The program is suitable for all ages. The Village is open in summer 2012 during May-August.
Vivamontie 2, Lohja Tel. +358 207 68 1760 www.vivamo.fi
Sjundby manor Completed in 1560, the Sjundby medieval manor is one of Finland’s finest stone buildings. Situated close to rapids on the Siuntio River, the manor house was occupied by several noble families in its early years. With the exception of the period of the Porkkala Parenthesis when it was occupied by Soviet troops, it has now been in the possession of the Adlercreutz family for almost three centuries. Guided tours: 5 July-11 August ThuSat 1pm. Other times on request.
Karskogintie 678, Siuntio Tel. +358 (0)9 256 4040 www.seaction.com
Uudenmaan virkistysalueyhdistys Porkkalanniemi in Kirkkonummi, Störsvik in Siuntio and Kopparnäs in Inkoo are all recreation grounds owned by Uudenmaan virkistysalueyhdistys, an association whose aim is to secure areas for recreation by preserving the nature and cherising the originality of the landscapes. Enjoy the archipelago and coastal areas of West Uusimaa trekking, cycling or paddling. Stop for a nice picnic at one ot the campfire places. Be sure not to leave litter and to leave the place the way you found it.
Tel. +358 (0)9 4767 411 www.uudenmaanvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi For wilderness guides contact SE-Action, www.seaction.com.
West Uusimaa Travel LTD Purnuksentie 55, 02570 Siuntio kk Tel + 358 (0)9 4289 0382 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westuusimaatravel.fi
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WEST UUSIMAA REgION Culture, nature and activity
Lake Lohja The biggest lake in southern Finland offers many enjoyable moments on the water. The whole family can experience the unique atmosphere, serenity, lush islands and shores with broad-leaved trees of Lake Lohja by rowing or canoeing.
Price: from 30€/kayak/day. More information: www.melontapooli.fi
Wilderness cuisine Food tastes best in the open air. To prepare it, we use an open fire and a stone oven. Useful advice and hints from our cook result in a fine meal to which everyone has made a contribution.
EAT & ENJOy
Cafe st. Honoré
Laurinkatu 49b, Lohja www.sthonore.fi Tel. +358 (0)19 312 343
Paikkarintie 197, Sammatti www.sammatinkievari.fi Tel. +358 (0)19 358 660
Tytyri Mine museum in Lohja offers you an excellent place to visit all year round. Kirkkonummi, siuntio and inkoo are three cultural and rural communes on the south coast of Finland. The seacoast area was a military base of soviet Union during 194456. Porkkala Travel arranges guided tours to this area.
Fishing On Lake Lohja, you will find open lake scenery and well-kept fishing waters. Pike-Perch is the most wanted fish from this water but you can also get pike and trout. The biggest Pike-Perch from Lake Lohja is over 12 kg.
Trip skating Almost all of us have tried ice skating with normal skates. Trip skaters use long blades, take long, wide strides and reach high speeds. Both sea and lake ice in and around West Uusimaa provides excellent locations for skating. If a lot of snow has fallen, we use tracks across the ice cleared by snow ploughs.
Karskogintie 678, Siuntio www.seaction.com Tel. +358 (0)9 256 4040
Degerbyntie 6, Inkoo www.degerbydeli.fi Tel. +358 (0)400 456 009
Feel the forest In Lohja, the forests are all around you and Mother Nature is never far away. All trails are clearly marked and suitable for all abilities. Walkers have access to amenities such as shelters and barbecues.
Climbing Try climbing up natural rock faces. West Uusimaa’s many rocky cliffs are ideal for both beginners and experienced rock climbers. Contact us - we’ll recommend a suitable set of challenges for you and your friends. You won’t need to bring your own climbing equipment.
Four Seasons Fish
Rannikkotie 62 a, Siuntio www.fsfish.fi Tel. +358 (0)10 440 6434
Eestinkyläntie 316, Kirkkonummi www.maatilapuoti.com Tel. +358 (0)9 298 2075
Paddling SE-Action´s Canoe Centre is located just 38 km from Helsinki in beautiful Siuntio countryside by the sea. Rent a canoe or kayak and make your own paddling trip from the river estuary up along the Siuntio River - the Finnish “Amazon”, to the sea through the beautiful Porkkala archipelago or across Vikträsk Lake.
All above products are suitable for individuals and groups as well as for families. Languages: English, Swedish, German, Russian, French, Danish and Italian.
For more information & booking: West Uusimaa Travel, www.westuusimaatravel.fi Porkkala Travel www.porkkala.net
Kauppakatu 16, 08100 Lohja www.cafelauri.fi, +358 (0)440 819 888
Laurinkatu 36, 08100 Lohja, +358 (0)45 678 0675
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Beach Jam Festival, 5.–7.7.2012, www.rantajamit.fi Lohja Tenor Days, 28.7.–12.8.2012, www.lohja.fi/tenoripaivat Apple Festival, 22.9.2012, www.omenakarnevaalit.fi Lux Musicae 16.–18.11.2012, www.luxmusicae.com Old Times Christmas Fair, 15.–16.12.2012, www.lohja.fi/menneenajanjoulumarkkinat
Lohja City Tourist information Hossanmäentie 1, 08350 Lohja Tel +358 (0)44 369 1309 email@example.com www.visitlohja.fi
Helsinki & Southern Finland
HANKO Small town romance, sea side charm and culture, just a while from Helsinki.
in the old days, the phrase ‘the sweet life in Hanko’ was used to describe the blissful idleness, luxury, and the long and merry parties in the town. Hanko is still the ideal holiday destination for people who love life! Finland’s southernmost city is less than 2 hours from Helsinki.
The Spa Park The beautiful old wooden villas in the Spa Park were built at the end of 1800’s. The villas, designed by wellknown architects, represent a decorative wooden architecture. Some of the buildings still serve as guest houses and restaurants. The spa building was damaged during the Continuation War and was pulled down. Emigration memories During the years 1880–1930, nearly 250,000 Finns and Russians emigrated to America, Canada or Australia via Hanko. War memories The cape of Hanko was rented to the Soviet Union as a naval base under the peace treaty of Moscow (1940), which ended the Winter War. The Soviet Union brought a garrison of 30,000 men to Hanko. There are still ruins of fortifications in the centre of the town. Nature Nature in Hanko is incredibly varied due to the temperate climate and the geographic location. The landscape is characterized by magnificent cliffs and unspoilt stretches of fine white sand, sheltered bays, and beautiful meadows.
Lighthouses Bengtskär, the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic countries. Russarö, also called “the eye of Hanko”, decorates the coat of arms of Hanko, which is one of the most beautiful ones in Finland. Gustafsvärn is a small island located 3 km south-west of Hanko. Cruises available at summer from Hanko Eastern Harbour, and by prior arrangement. The Path of Love Nature path at the city centre, with a fantastic view over the sea and the town. There is also a big “devil’s churn” on the rocks. Museums & galleries This aesthetic environment feeds creativity. Visit the galleries, museums and exhibitions or meet with the artists in their ateliers. Elk Safari The elks have their favourite hide-outs in the forests. With a map, and insider tips, you will have the opportunity to see the “King of the Forest”. The Water Tower The tower stands 65 m above sea level, and there is a fantastic view in all directions over the cape of Hanko and the Baltic Sea. Beach life Hanko has 130 km of coastline, of which 30 km are sandy beaches. No wonder Hanko was voted the best summer city in Finland!
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Restaurants Living almost like on an island, surrounded by the sea, plays a major role on the tempting menus. Every season has its special delicacies. In hardly any other small town is there such a versatile selection of restaurants as in Hanko! Summer evenings are perfect for romantic moments sipping champagne on a seaside terrace, hand in hand. In fact, Hanko is a popular place for weddings, and many couples celebrate their wedding anniversary here year after year. This endearingly tender atmosphere is not found elsewhere… Accommodation Would you like to stay in an old villa? The rooms are charming in a modest way. Many villas have operated as boarding houses over 100 years. Or rent a house, make yourself at home! We have Finland’s broadest range of private accommodation to rent. Various adorable flats are situated either right in the centre or in peaceful locations further away.
Please visit www.hanko.fi/tourism for more information! Bubbling under
Diving and windsurfing events from April to October and ice surfing in winter!
For all the events, please visit www.hanko.fi/tourism
Hanko Tourist Office Raatihuoneentori 5 FIN-10900 Hanko Tel. +358 (0)19 2203 411 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hanko.fi/tourism www.lovepeaceharmony.fi
TOp EVENTS IN 2012
• Hangö Teaterträff, Finland´s largest Swedish speaking theatre festival, 7-10 June www.hangoteatertraff.org • Hanko Regatta, over 100 years of sailing races! 6-8 July www.hangoregattan.fi • Sea Horse Week, Finland´s largest show jumping competition, 25-29 July www.hunr.org/seahorse-week • ITF Scandinavian EB Championships, 1-5 August www.hankotennis.net • Hanko Days and the Night of Bonfires, 24-26 August www.hanko.fi
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RAASEpORI Welcome to the South Coast of Finland!
Tammisaari is a cosy coastal town with a picturesque Old Town that oozes an original atmosphere. The Old Town offers insight into the history of Finnish towns, as well as examples of building practices in past centuries. Architecture buffs will also want to see two buildings by Alvar Aalto, both from the 1960s: a bank building and cosy Villa Skeppet, designed for his friend, the writer, photographer and sailor Göran Schildt. The Tammisaari archipelago is the land of the thousands of islands and islets. A considerable part of the archipelago is included in Tammisaari Archipelago National Park, professionally presented by the information centre Naturum in Stallörsparken. The historical and carefully preserved ironworks in Fiskars, Svartå and Billnäs are interesting sights to see. The Fiskars ironworks is even internationally recognised as a hub of design and arts. All through the year exhibitions are mounted in the Copper Smithy by the artisans, designers and artists of Fiskars Co-operative. Highquality art and craft works are shown side-by-side. The Svartå Manor is one of the most remarkable manor houses in Finland, and Billnäs has developed into the home of versatile cultural events. The ruins of the medieval Raseborg Castle are a grand sight that distinguishes the entire region. The Castle ruin is situated on a rock by the Raseborg river in the village of Snappertuna.
Fiskars Village Centre for excellent contemporary art and design. High quality conference, hotel and restaurant services, various shops and workshops.
Fiskars-Info, 10470 Fiskars Tel. +358 (0)19 277 7504 www.fiskarsvillage.fi
Whatever season you choose to visit our part of Finland, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality, locally-produced foods. This is a very clean and unspoilt region, and the excellent soil quality and (relatively!) mild climate have enabled many kinds of agriculture to flourish here. A number of organic and biodynamic farmers can be found in the region and they are worth a visit if you are interested in buying the highest quality produce at reasonable prices from the farm shop: products on offer include various meats, grains and vegetables according to season and availability. You do not need to be an Organic pilgrim on a mission, however, to enjoy great food when you visit our town: you can find wonderful local produce at some of the supermarkets and in the Wednesday and Saturday open-air markets, or you can simply stroll to one of our local restaurants and see what local items are on the menu. Most of the good restaurants in town feature excellent local seasonal fare. Fall in love with the archipelago Raseborg’s archipelago with its 1,300 islands can be explored in many ways. The Ekenäs National Park stretches from Jussarö in the south east, all the way to Älgö in the inner archipelago.
New town, old traditions The new town of Raasepori features magnificent archipelago views, an idyllic small-town atmosphere and unique, well-preserved old ironworks. Raasepori was created as the result of a merger between the towns of Tammisaari and Karjaa and the commune of Pohja.
Svartå Manor Svartå Manor is one of the most valuable historic manors in Finland. Museum, restaurant, hotel and conference facilities, open-air theatre, exhibitions and events.
Hållsnäsintie 89, 10360 Mustio Tel. +358 (0)19 362 31 www.mustionlinna.fi
Billnäs Village The former ironwork is today a center of annual events and exhibitions.
Ruukintie 8, 10330 Billnäs Tel. +358 (0)40 519 2199 www.billnas.fi
Raseborg Castle ruins
Snappertuna Tel. +358 (0)19 234 015 www.raseborg.org
Tammisaari Museum Centre Exhibition with pictures and facts about history of Tammisaari and the region.
Tel. +358 (0)19 289 2512 Kustaa Vaasan katu 11, 10600 Tammisaari www.raasepori.fi
Tammisaari Archipelago Visitor Centre
Stallören, 10600 Tammisaari Tel. +358 (0)20 564 4613
CONTACT INFORMATION TOP EVENTS IN 2012
Raasepori Tourist Office Raatihuoneentori 10600 Tammisaari Tel. +358 (0)19 289 2010 email@example.com www.visitraasepori.com www.lovepeaceharmony.fi
• Tammisaari Museum Centre: Helene Schjerfbeck 150 years – exhibition • Fiskars Design Village, a part of the Helsinki World Design Capital exhibitions, www.fiskarsvillage.fi • Billnäs Summer, events, www.billnas.fi • Tammisaari Summer Concerts, the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, conductor JukkaPekka Saraste, 2-5 August, www.finnchamber.fi • Tammisaari Autumn Market, Sept • Old-Time Christmas Market, Dec
Helsinki & Southern Finland
pORVOO Of all times
Porvoo Cathedral Kirkkotori 1, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)19 661 11 Open: 1 May-30 Sep Mon-Fri 10am– 6pm, Sat 10am–2pm, Sun 2pm–5pm, 1 Oct–30 Apr Tue-Sat 10am–2pm, Sun 2pm–4pm Home of J.L.Runeberg Aleksanterinkatu 3, centre Tel. +358 (0)40 489 9900 www.runeberg.net Home museum of the Finnish national poet. Open: 2 May–30 Sep Mon-Sun 10am–4pm, 1 Oct–30 Apr Wed-Sun 10am–4pm Porvoo Museum/ Old Town Hall & Holm House Raatihuoneentori, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)19 574 7500 www.porvoonmuseo.fi Presents the history of Porvoo with exhibitions of arts and crafts. Open: 2 May-31 Aug Mon-Sat 10am–4pm Sun 11am–4pm, 1 Sep–30 Apr Wed-Sun noon–4pm Noark Sanismäentie 2, Ilola Tel. +358 (0)40 195 4401 www.noark.fi Miniature world Open: 1 Jun–31 Aug 10am–6pm, 1 Sep–30 Dec and 2 Jan–31 May noon–6pm Galleries & Boutiques in Old Porvoo More information about places to visit and see in Porvoo online at: www.porvoo.fi/tourism
Located just 50 kilometres east of Helsinki, Porvoo is a charming historical town that features riverside granaries, narrow alleyways, small boutiques, restaurants, cafés, museums and galleries. Porvoo can be reached from Helsinki in an hour by car or bus. Make an unforgettable tour to Finland’s second oldest town!
Cruise with m/s J. L. Runeberg Cruise from Helsinki to Porvoo. Departure from Helsinki´s Market Square at 10am, arrival in Helsinki at 7:25pm 11 May-8 Sep Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 2-30 July also Mon 3 June-26 Aug also Sun Round trip ticket 35€/adult, 16€/child (7–16 years) One-way ticket 24€/adult, 12€/child (7–16 years) m/s J.L. Runeberg Tel. +358 (0)19 524 3331 www.msjlruneberg.fi Cruise with M/s RoyalCat Cruise from Helsinki to Porvoo. Departure from Helsinki´s Market Square at 10:05am, arrival in Helsinki at 7:10pm. 26 Jun-11Aug Tue-Sat Royal Line Tel. +358 (0)20 711 8333 www.royalline.fi River cruise Departure from Porvoo Harbour every hour between 11am–4pm. 19 Jun-12Aug Tue-Sun 9€/adult, 5€/child (6-14years) Saaristolinja Ky Tel. +358 (0)400 840 001 www.saaristolinja.com Guided walking tour in Old Porvoo Departure from Raatihuoneentori (Old Town Hall Square) at 2pm. 25 Jun-10 Aug Mon-Fri, 9 Jun, 16 Jun and 30 Jun-25 Aug also Sat Language: English Art Factory Exhibitions, cinema, cafés, restaurants, concerts and tourist information, see www.taidetehdas.fi
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Restaurant Wanha Laamanni Vuorikatu 17, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)20 752 8355 www.wanhalaamanni.fi Restaurant Timbaali Välikatu 8, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)19 523 1020 www.timbaali.com Restaurant El Alba Kirkkokatu 4, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)19 523 0660 www.elalba.com Restaurant Hanna Maria Välikatu 6, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)20 718 9616 www.hanna-maria.fi Restaurant Walgren´s Jokikatu 31, centre Tel. +358 (0)19 524 3100 www.walgrens.fi Hotel Haikko Manor Haikkoontie 114 Tel. +358 (0)19 576 01 www.haikko.fi Hotel Pariisin Ville Jokikatu 43, Old Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)19 580 131 www.pariisinville.fi Seurahovi Hotel and Restaurant Rauhankatu 27, centre Tel. +358 (0)19 547 61 www.seurahovi.fi Hotel Sparre Piispankatu 34, centre Tel. +358 (0)19 584 455 www.avainhotellit.fi For more information see www.porvoo.fi/tourism and for groups www.porvootours.fi
Porvoo City Tourist Office Tel. +358 (0)40 489 9801 www.porvoo.fi/tourism
TOp EVENTS IN 2012
• Porvoo Spring Market, 24-25 May • Porvoo Fest Music Festival, 8-10 June • Avanti! XXVII Summer Sounds, 27 June-1July • Emäsalo Music Festival, 17-22 July
• Porvoo Fall Market, 4-5 October • Harvest festival, 26-27 October • Porvoo Christmas Market, 15-16 December
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LOVIISA The Idyllic Coastal Town
Laivasilta Marina Area features a row of old salt sheds that today house the Maritime Museum, restaurant-cafés and exhibitions. The Maritime Museum presents the long history of seafaring in Loviisa. The museum is open May-August. Laivasilta is the home harbour of the sailing-ship Österstjernan and the departure point for cruises to Svartholma Sea Fortress. Svartholma Sea Fortress (1748) is situated on an island in Loviisanlahti bay some 10 km from the town centre. In the summer, June-August, there are scheduled cruises to the island, children’s adventures, guided walking tours and an exhibition called Svartholma – the island of soldiers, prisoners and tourists. On the island there is also a summer café. Strömfors Iron Works lies some 17 km east of the centre of Loviisa. The Iron Works area hosts craftsmen and other service entrepreneurs especially in the summer. There are guided tours, forging demonstrations using a hydraulic hammer, a church, a museum and exhibitions. There is also a restaurant and a summer café and accommodation possibilities on the area. Rönnäs In Rönnäs, some 30 km west of the centre of Loviisa, there is the Rönnäs Archipelago Museum which presents the history of the archipelago in the Loviisa region. It is open from June to August daily. In the nearby region is also a golf course, a restaurant, a café and cottages for rent.
Loviisa Town Museum is located in an 18th century Commandant’s House. In front of the museum there is a garden, which presents typical decorative and utility plants from the 18th and 19th centuries. For the special exhibitions and opening hours of the year 2012, visit:
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Aleksanterinkatu 2, centre tel. +358 (0)19 531 610 www.vaherkyla.fi
Brandensteininkatu 17, centre tel. +358 (0)19 50 561 www.degerby.com
The Bonga Castle an atelier-museum of Riitta Nelimarkka. Over 200 works are on display, items range from colourful textiles to oil paintings and drawings. The gallery is open for groups, bookings:
Degerby Gille restaurant
Sepänkuja 4, centre Open for groups upon agreement. tel. +358 (0)19 50 561 www.degerby.com
Loviisa is an idyllic seaside town, some 87 km east of Helsinki. The town is characterised by its sea landscapes, historical areas and idyllic countryside. The town has a centre from the 19th century and an Old Town that dates back from the 18th century. The town is also known for its 18th century fortifications and 17th century ironworks.
Laivasilta 11, centre tel. +358 (0)19 530 112 Open in the summer. www.cdfastfood.fi
Cruises aboard m/s J.L. Runeberg from Helsinki to Loviisa will be offered 5 July, 12 July, 19 July, 26 July and 2 August. Cruises depart from Helsinki Market Square at 10 am. The Ehrensvärd Path is a two-kilometre nature path that passes the land fortresses Ungern and Rosen close to the centre of Loviisa. The path presents the history of the fortress building. Along the path visitors can also discover the exceptional architectural heritage, vegetation and bird population in the area. The path is named after the Colonel Augustin Ehrensvärd who designed the fortifications in Loviisa, Svartholma and Suomenlinna in Helsinki. Eija’s Garden includes English style gardens around a garden shop. Eija’s Garden is located in the village of Ahvenkoski some 14 km east of the centre of Loviisa. For more information visit:
Laivasilta 4, centre tel. +358 (0)19 532 572 Open in the summer. www.saltbodan.fi
Tuhannen Tuskan Café
Mariankatu 2 C, centre tel. +358 (0)19 531 323
Ruukintie 15, Strömfors Iron Works tel. +358 (0)19 618 693 www.ruukinmylly.fi www.lomatahdet.fi
Porvoo Tours – Loviisa Tours Veckjärventie 3, Porvoo Tel. +358 (0)19 574 2200 firstname.lastname@example.org www.porvootours.fi
Malmgård’s Manor Castle lies about 25 km west of the centre of Loviisa. There is a manor shop selling organic products produced at the estate and visits to the Castle and the brewery.
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LOVIISA TOURIST INFORMATION Karlskronabulevardi 8 FI-07900 Loviisa tel. +358 (0)19 555 234 email@example.com www.loviisa.fi • • • • •
Rootsinpyhtaa Bluegrass & Rendezvous 2012, 8-10 June The King Comes to Loviisa – 18th century weekend, 30 June – 1 July Small Ships’ Race, 21-22 July The Loviisa Sibelius Festival, 16-18 August Loviisa Historical Houses - Traditional Finnish Building and Renovation Days, 25-26 August
Helsinki & Southern Finland
KOTKA City by the Sea
Kotka is truly a maritime city and the sea is the main attraction in Kotka. As a frontier town of Russia, Kotka has a fascinating history. The Kymijoki River, the longest river in Southern Finland, flows into the sea in Kotka.
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in Kotka, you will encounter the beautiful archipelago of Eastern Gulf of Finland, foaming rapids of the Kymijoki River and unique park architecture. Kotka is an international maritime city with cosy athmosphere - just an hour and half’s drive east of Helsinki on the highway to saint Petersburg.
Maritime Centre Vellamo The Maritime Centre Vellamo presents the maritime history of Finland and the history of the Kymenlaakso region in an interactive and modern way. The museum building, built in a genuine harbour environment, is an abstract interpretation of a wave and is in itself an attraction.
Maritime Centre Vellamo Tornatorintie 9, 48100 Kotka tel. +358 40 350 0497 firstname.lastname@example.org www.merikeskusvellamo.fi Opening hours: Tue, Thu-Sun 11 am–6 pm, Wed 11 am –8 pm, Mon closed.
The weekly summer programme in June-August provides plenty of opportunities to take part in local activities and to admire the city’s many attractions. Summer programme include e.g. outdoor concerts, sea cruises and guided city tours.
See programme www.visitkotka.fi/week
Enjoy good food in cosy atmosphere of various restaurants in Kotka and why not stay overnight in a five-star holiday resort by the sea. Restaurant Wanha Fiskari Traditional and elegant restaurant situated in the heart of maritime Kotka.
Ruotsinsalmenkatu 1, 48100 Kotka tel. +358 (0)5 2186 585 email@example.com www.wanhafiskari.fi
Fishing - both in the summer and winter - is available on the river Kymijoki and at sea. The River Kymijoki is the best salmon river in Southern Finland.
Kotka has many parks which have won several national awards. Katariina Seaside Park offers excellent facilities for a city picnic by the sea and Sapokka Water Garden provides free park concerts every Wednesday evening in JuneAugust.
Restaurant Keisarinsatama Restaurant services in a unique old brewery by the sea. House speciality: traditional Ukko-beer.
Metsontie 41, 48200 Kotka tel. +358 (0)5 219 0333 firstname.lastname@example.org www.keisarinsatama.com
Kotka Maretarium The unique aquarium house Kotka Maretarium reveals the world of Finnish fish in its full diversity.
Sapokankatu 2, 48100 Kotka tel. +358 40 311 0330 email@example.com, www.maretarium.fi Opening hours: Daily 10 am–5 pm, Jun 4–Aug 31 10 am–7 pm (except on 22 Jun 10 am–2 pm)
There are some 400 islands off Kotka. In the summer, it is easy to visit many of the islands even if you do not have a boat of your own. There are scheduled boat services to many islands, e.g. Varissaari and Kaunissaari, departing from Sapokka harbour.
Holiday Resort Santalahti Five-star holiday resort by the sea in Mussalo region of Kotka city.
Santalahdentie 150, 48310 Kotka tel. +358 (0)5 260 5055 firstname.lastname@example.org www.santalahti.fi
SUMMER RESTAURANTS: Restaurant Meriniemi
Meriniementie, Sapokka www.meriniemi.com
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge The unique Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge - built for the Russian Czar Alexander III - is situated besides the rapids of the Kymijoki river.
Keisarinmajantie 118, 48200 Kotka tel. +358 (0)44 528 8050 email@example.com www.langinkoskimuseo.com Opening hours: May daily 10-16, Jun 1-Aug 31 daily 10-18, Sep Sat and Sun 10-16
La Majacca/ Haukkavuori Lookout Tower
Keskuskatu 51 www.lamajacca.com
Summer restaurant Fort Elisabeth
Varissaari Island www.metsolanmerimatkat.com
Kotka City Tourist Office Keskuskatu 6, FI-48100 Kotka tel. +358 (0)5 234 4424 fax +358 (0)5 234 4407 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitkotka.fi
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• • • • • Kymijoen Lohisoitto Music Festival 6-10 June, www.lohisoitto.fi Kotka Maritime Festival 26-29 July, www.meripaivat.com Children’s Maritime Festival 27-29 July, www.lastenmeripaivat.com Kotka Fish Market at Sapokka 19-20 May and 13-14 Oct, www.merikala.fi Events throughout the year www.visitkotka.fi/events
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HAMINA Let the historic town of Hamina charm you!
Fortress of Hamina The fortress of Hamina from 1720s is one of the few circular fortresses in the world, representing the Mediterranean ideal town shape of the Renaissance period. It´s modelled after the town of Palmanova in Northern Italy. The radial town plan and the historically significant buildings have survived remarkably well. Town Museum The building was built in 1760 and has been used, among other things, as the venue for a meeting between Empress Catherine II of Russia and her cousin King Gustavus III of Sweden. The museum presents also other colourful stories of Hamina.
Kadettikoulunkatu 2 B Tel. +358 40 199 1201 Open: summer Tue-Sun 10-16, winter Wed-Sat 12–16, Sun 12–17
Hamina Bastion The Bastion used to be the central bastion of the fortress. Its outer walls enclose a total of 58 vaults and lookouts, which surround an arena of almost one hectare in size. During the summer, the Bastion is covered with the largest canopy in Europe and audiences various kinds of events, concerts, fairs, theatre, sports etc.
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Haminan Varuskuntakerho Restaurant Buffet lunch on weekdays. Meals for groups, meeting and banquet catering services.
Kadettikoulunkatu 3 Tel. +358 5 353 9353 www.haminanvaruskuntakerho.fi
Tullimakasiini Restaurant Lunch daily 11-15, á la carte menu.
Tervasaari, tel. +358 40 589 7962
An old star-shaped fortress and a radial town plan can only be found in Hamina. The wooden blocks, churches and museums located side by side are easy to visit. Discover also the areas outside the centre to experience the sea, the countryside, and the unique archipelago with its fishing villages.
Shopkeeper’s Museum The museum with its old shop and the shopkeeper´s residence presents FinnoRussian merchant traditions from the early 20th century.
Kasarminkatu 6, Tel. +358 04 199 1287 Open: summer Tue-Sun 10-16, winter Wed-Sat 12–16, Sun 12–17
The Rampart Trail Learn about Hamina’s history and the fortress’s unusual flora on the Rampart Trail, which winds its way through the fortress and the historical centre of Hamina. You can join the Rampart Trail at various points in the town and there is no need to go all the way. Maps available in Tourist Service point. The Kirkkojärvi Nature Trail The trail round Lake Kirkkojärvi begins close to the town centre and takes in a nature conservation area. Along the trail are boards telling about the area’s natural features and a bird tower. Trail is suitable for hikers and bikers. Special features: protected bird water area, wetland unusually rich in species.
Yacht Club Restaurant The restaurant can be accessed by a ferry from the shore. Open in the summer.
Tervasaari, Pieni Vuohisaari island
Café Patisserie Huovila Delicious products from a local master baker.
Fredrikinkatu 1, Tel. +358 5 344 0930
Best Western Hotel Hamina A 32-room hotel in the centre of Hamina. Sea view from some of the rooms.
Sibeliuskatu 32 Tel. +358 5 353 5555 www.hotellihamina.fi
The sea and the archipelago Maritime Hamina can be experienced close to the city centre. Tervasaari seaside area features a beach, a museum ship, restaurants and a guest harbour with services. The islands off the coast of Hamina are quiet, peaceful havens studded with pretty little harbours. A regular boat service operates in June and July from Tervasaari to Tammio and Ulko-Tammio, which is a part of the Eastern Gulf of Finland National Park.
Haminan Seurahuone Hotel 12 rooms and 3 restaurants in different styles. One of the oldest hotel buildings in Finland. One of the meeting rooms is decorated with Tove Jansson´s wall paintings.
Pikkuympyräkatu 5 Tel. +358 10 763 5870 www.ympyraravintolat.fi
Hamina Tourist Service Raatihuoneentori 16 FI-49400 HAMINA Tel +358 40 199 1330 email@example.com www.visithamina.fi
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Hamina International Dog Show, 12 -13 May Hamina Bastioni Gun Show, 26 May The Annual Mission Festival, 8 -10 June Hamina Tattoo –International Military Music Event, 29 July – 5 August Night of Lights, an art event for the whole family, 14 September
Helsinki & Southern Finland
HÄMEENLINNA Visit a place full of new experiences
Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city in Finland and is situated just an hour from Helsinki by train or bus. The region offers an abundance of experiences suiting people of all ages and even the pickiest of travellers. Enjoy fascinating culture, museums, events and a wide range of shopping opportunities – all of it surrounded by beautiful nature.
The Birthplace of Jean Sibelius is a beautiful Empire Style house whose amazing artifacts present the composer´s childhood and youth. In the parlor visitors may take a moment to let the tones of Jean Sibelius´works seduce them.
Hallituskatu 11, FI-13100 Hämeenlinna Tel. +358 (0)3 621 2755 www.hameenlinna.fi/historiallinenmuseo Opening hours: 2 May-30 Jun Tue-Sun 10am-4pm, 1 Jul-31 Aug Mon-Sun 10am4pm, 1 Sep-30 Apr Tue-Sun 12am-4pm
The Artillery Museum of Finland presents an interesting collection of old military equipment and objects, pictures and multimedia presentations.
Linnankasarmi, FI-13100 Hämeenlinna +358 (0)3 682 4600 www.tykistomuseo.fi Opening hours: 1 Jan-31 Jan Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, 1 Feb-31 Dec Mon-Sun 11am-5pm
The Iittala Glass Center is an excellent place to visit and do some shopping, especially for lovers of Finnish design. The boutiques sell famous Iittala products, handmade ceramics, handicrafts, interior decoration products, gifts, delicacies and art.
Iittalan lasikeskus Könnölänmäentie 2, FI-14500 Iittala www.iittalanlasimaki.fi (only in Finnish)
Hämeenlinna Art Museum presents a collection of significant Finnish art and the museum also has changing exhibitions.
Viipurintie 2, FI-13200 Hameenlinna +358 (0)3 621 2669 www.hameenlinna.fi/taidemuseo Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
Iittala Reindeer Park is located three kilometers from the Iittala Glass Center. Meet reindeer and hear stories of Northern cultures.
Kankaistentie 155, FI-14500 Iittala + 358 (0)400 010 997 www.iittalanporopuisto.fi Open only by arrangement.
Aulanko is a unique park area and holiday center offering a variety of services and leisure activities. The Aulanko area houses a spa, restaurants, two golf courses, exercise facilities, a beauty spa, culture, gorgeous nature paths and a port of call for inland water cruises, as well as various accommodation alternatives.
FI-13210 Hämeenlinna www.aulanko.fi Open every day
Häme Castle is an extraordinary and popular historical attraction. The castle area houses the Prison Museum, the Historical Museum and the Artillery Museum of Finland. The museums of the castle peninsula are open all year round.
Kustaa III:n katu 6, FI-13100 Hämeenlinna Tel. +358 (0)3 675 6820 www.nba.fi/en/hame_castle Opening hours: 2 Jan-30 Apr and 15 Aug-15 Dec Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm 2 May-31 May Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, 1 Jun-14 Aug Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
The Finnish Silver Line´s inland water cruises on the beautiful waters of Lake Vanajavesi offer some of the richest experiences of the summer. Enjoy short day, evening or theme cruises from the ferry harbor located in the center of the city. The ferries have excellent restaurants onboard.
Hämeen Hopealinja +358 (0)10 617 2340 www.hame.fi/hopealinja
Evo Hiking area in Lammi, about 44 km from the city centre is one of the largest forest areas in Southern Finland. You will find it suitable for a couple days of hiking and while you are here, you can go fishing too. The area has marked routes and you can spend the night in the shelters or camping sites along the road.
FI-16970 Evo +358 (0)20 564 4710 www.outdoors.fi/evo Open every day.
The popular Verkatehdas Arts and Congress Center offers great service and ambience. The large Vanaja Hall hosts events, concerts and other performances throughout the year. The Verkatehdas area also houses the new City Theatre, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, a movie theatre and a restaurant.
Paasikiventie 2, FI-13200 Hämeenlinna +358 (0)3 621 6600 www.verkatehdas.fi
Hämeenlinna Tourist Information Keinusaarentie 6 FI-13200 Hämeenlinna Tel. +358 (0)3 621 3373 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visithameenlinna.fi
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Hämeenlinna city and region brochure and map available at tourist information office free of charge.
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Tomaatteja!Tomaatteja! Stand up Festival, 16-19 May, www.tomaattejatomaatteja.com Naivists in Iittala exhibition, 26 May – 26 August, www.naivistitiittalassa.fi WanajaFestival - rock festival, 20-21 July, www.rocknrollcircus.fi Hippalot – Arts Festival for Children 26-29 July, www.hippalot.net Häme Mediaeval Fair - the second biggest medieval fair in Finland, 17-19 August. www.keskiaikamarkkinat.net
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LAHTI REgION City of Sports, Culture & Wellness!
Unique Sibelius Hall The Sibelius Hall congress and concert centre is a model example of wooden architecture, where the sophisticated colour palette and highly esteemed acoustics provide excellent conditions for concerts, meetings, and festive occasions.
modern arts in Orimattila. In the former factory building there is also a cafe and a shop where among other items designer products made of felt and recycled materials can be bought. Opening hours can be found on the homepage.
Käkelänraitti 4, Orimattila www.villaroosa.fi
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Throughout World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 year, Lahti will offer a wide selection of design and design phenomena-related events, which will also give local designers a chance to present themselves. The natural beauty of the region and its clear lakes, together with the wide selection of events, culture and opportunities for exercise means everyone can benefit from well-being. Make the most of the opportunities the region has to offer – just an hour away from Helsinki.
Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Lahti is a comfortable hotel in the centre of Lahti. There are 150 apartments, conference-restaurant Hämesali for bigger groups on request, restaurant Memphis, a nightclub Seurahuone Night and a summer restaurant Pihatto.
Lahti Historical Museum, Lahti Art Museum Radio and TV Museum, Ski Museum History, culture, art, winter sports and technology, these are all to be experienced in the Lahti City Museum! Explore the museums in a fun and informative way ? there are plenty of activities for all ages. Find great and unique gifts in our four Museum Shops. Open Tue-Fri 10-17, Sat-Sun 11-17, Mon closed. www.lahdenmuseot.fi Kaivola traditional farmstead Kaivola Traditional Farmstead in an idyllic rural landscape and in the nearby Willa Fantti, you can find over 6000 elephant figurines and a cafeteria with delicious pastries.
Pitkätie 195, Nastola www.kaivolanperinnetila.fi
Messilä – Enjoy all the seasons! Southern Finland´s biggest skicenter. Accommodation in traditional hotel rooms, romantic old store houses or in logcabins with sauna. Four restaurants – for all tastes. Outdoor activities.
Scandic Lahti hotel has a great location in central Lahti. 138 rooms, 4 spacious and pleasant suites with a private sauna. Enjoy a tasty dinner in the hotels a la carte restaurant or visit gym, sauna and pool.
Cronin’s The Cronin family’s idyllic guesthouse is located in the picturesque Heinola, little over an hour drive from Helsinki. Their restaurant is famous for its authentic Irish dishes and European cuisine - Hotel open all year around, restaurant open daily in summer (in autumn/winter see opening times at our website). All 6 homely guestrooms are with all modern comforts, yet very reasonably priced – so just book a room and let Cronin family be your hosts for a couple of days.
Kausantie 4, Heinola www.croninsguesthouse.com
Vierumäki is the most thrilling leisure and activity centre in Finland: from floorball to salsa, golf to curling, rollerskating to horseback riding. A new dayspa and a restaurant world with choices galore give extra verve to your adventures in Vierumäki.
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra Unforgettable musical experiences at weekly concerts at the Sibelius Hall - both classical and light. The 13th Sibelius Festival 6-9th September 2012 “Sibelius - Patriot and Mystic” brings together friends of Sibeliusmusic from across the globe. Open the door to musical moments!
Villa Roosa – old felt boot factory Villa Roosa is an exhibiting ground for
Cruises on Lake Päijänne Authentic Finnish Lake Scenery found only at a 1 hour drive from Helsinki! From the harbour in Lahti many different cruises can be taken to the big and beautiful lake Päijänne. For example the cruise through 2 canals; Lahti-HeinolaLahti taking place daily from 18.104.22.168.2012 (not on 21.-24.6.). Take the cruise and see 3 lakes and 2 beautiful canals during one day. Enjoy the delicious food in the ships restaurant also.
Voitto restaurant, situated at the base of a ski jump in the sporting centre of Lahti, is open for lunches and for special requests. Through the glass wall of the restaurant opens a picturesque view on the ski jumps. The beautiful ski jumps offer an impressive sight and create a unique feeling.
Salpausselänkatu 8, Lahti www.fazer.fi/voitto
Lehmonkärki. Only at a 1.5 hour drive away from Helsinki the different seasons of Finnish nature can be experienced in a premium-destination at the south of Lake Päijänne. Magnificent Villas and sauna-worlds, a wide range of activity-services, tasty food and personalized attendance of a familyowned business can be found there.
Lehmonkärjentie, Asikkala www.lehmonkarki.fi
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Lahti Travel Ltd. Rautatienkatu 22, FI-15110 Lahti Tel. +358 (0)20 281 750 email@example.com www.lahtitravel.fi • • • • • Lahti Ski Games 2.-4.3. www.lahtiskigames.com Stars of the Stadium 11.2. www.starsofthestadium.fi Lahti Organ festival 6.-12.8. www.lahtiorgan.fi Kalevan kisat 23.-26.8. www.lahdenahkera.fi World Design Capital 2012 – all year 2012
Helsinki & Southern Finland
KOUVOLA Fascinating Kouvola
Peaceful relaxing in the Repovesi National Park, joyride in the Tykkimäki Amusement Park, historical athmosphere in the idyllic mill village and worldheritage place Verla. sweet taste of vineyard´s vines and visit to see Arboretum Mustila´s enchanting forest garden. All that and much more you can experience during your holiday in Kouvola and neighbouring district iitti.
In the World Heritage site Verla you will step straight into the end of the 19th century. A verdant garden, architectonically valuable buildings and an old cardboard factory with its original equipments have been preserved unbelievably perfectly in their original state.
The Repovesi National Park’s rugged landscapes include a broad and versatile network of trails. It is also possible to go canoeing, rock climbing and on a boat tour in Repovesi. Worth a visit is also the most famous natural sight in Iitti, Hiidenvuori. It is a popular hiking area and a lookout point, and it is the place where the concluding concert of the Iitti Music Festival is held. Arboretum Mustila is the foremost forest park in the Northern Europe. The 120 hectares area founded in the beginning of the 20th century is situated right next to the Helsinki highway and is open every day of the year.
At the Finnish Golden Route you can experience scheduled tours of the water bus at the Repovesi lake area with history, stories and accordion music.
Guided City Tours, e.g. A journey back into the past with a guide cast in a historical role. More information about guided City Tours, outdoor activities and hiking trips. www.visitkouvola.fi
The Moisio Art and Catering Manor has a year round art exhibition. The works of Finland’s leading contemporary artists can be seen in the empire style enviroment. The old museum and handicraft quarter in the Kaunisnurmi quarter has been preserved as a memory of Kouvola’s railroad history. Most of the houses were built in the beginning of the 20th century as dwellings for engine drivers. Now the beautifully renovated houses serve as workshops for artisans and as shops and museums which display the history. The Model Railroad Museum has railway-engines that run lying on their backs with the true sounds of whistling. At the museum visitors can serve as a locomotive driver of a miniatyre model and learn about the history of railroad.
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Tykkimäki – The most relaxed amusement park in Finland is a versatile amusement centre for the whole family. The park has more than 40 games and rides among which everyone can find a favourite one. www.tykkimaki.fi For the golfers there are plenty of possibilities like a demanding 18-hole Koski Golf course to international standards, situated near the banks of Kymi River. The new Niskaportti course in iitti Golf is also 18-hole course situated in Radansuu, Iitti. At the Lampila Golf green (9 ranges) in Jaala and Bogey Kouvola Golf Centre you can take the first steps in golf without membership fees. At the Lampila there is also 18-hole Pirate Adventure MiniGolf, which is fun for the whole family.
www.pirateadventuregolf.fi www.koskigolf.fi www.lampilagolf.fi www.iittigolf.com
The eating possibilities in Kouvola guarantee tasty meal breaks and breathers for tourists. Versatile eating offerings enable everyone to find something. Whether you want something exotic or something fast you are sure to find a suitable eating place among the restaurants in Kouvola. For the lovers of wine and genuine local delicatesses we recommend to visit either Mustila vineyard´s wine shop at the premises of Arboretum Mustila or Werla Winery´s shop at the Verla Mill Museum area.
Farm Markets Benjamin Farm Market
Alppiruusu Farm Market
At Laurila Ostrich Farm you will have opportunity to see living ostriches scampering round the big fenced yard.
All events in Kouvola on our website www.visitkouvola.fi!
Kouvola Innovation Ltd. Kouvola Tourist Office Torikatu 10, 45100 Kouvola, Finland Tel. +358 (0)20 615 5295, Tel. +358 (0)20 615 5294 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.visitkouvola.fi
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Repovesi Recreational an Adventure Days 9.-13.3. Kuulas – Children´s International Theatre Festival 17.-20.5. ”Kympin Nainen” Event (woman´s 10 km run) 26.5. Iitti Music Festival 12.-16.6. Kymi Grand Prix – International Trotting Race 16.6. Verla´s Time Travel Into the Past 4.-5.8.
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Neighbours of Helsinki
East meets West
TALLINN STOCKHOLM ST. pETERSbURg
Take advantage of the daily ferry connections from Helsinki to Estonia, sweden and Germany. There is also a regularly scheduled service to Poland. Ask your tour operator or enquire from Helsinki Expert’s sales point located inside Tourist information. There are regular train connections from Helsinki to all major towns in Finland, as well as to Lapland. in addition, several trains depart from Helsinki daily for Russia: one to Moscow and two to st. Petersburg.
Medieval Tallinn An all-inclusive day trip to Tallinn, Estonia’s beautiful Hanseatic capital. Tallinn represents 700 years of uninterrupted architectural history. The private city tour by car and on foot will show the most important sights, and a lunch is served in a restaurant in the Old Town.
Supplier and booking for example: Helsinki Expert www.helsinkiexpert.com
Boat to St. Petersburg St. Peter Line operates every other day to St. Petersburg from Makasiini Terminal. The journey and the eight hour stay in the city of St. Petersurg is visa free to all nationalities travelling from Helsinki with St. Peter Line.
St. Peter Line www.stpeterline.ru/en
The archipelago surrounding Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises. Enjoy island cruising along coast line or take a bit longer trip to beautiful neighboring cities. Tallinn is only 80 km from Helsinki and cruise takes merely 2 hours. stockholm is easy to reach by overnight cruise with lot of entertainment. New speed train with 3,5 hours connection from Helsinki to st. Petersburg brings this enchanting city even closer. Extend your stay and see, enjoy and experience so much more you’ve expected.
Cruise to Stockholm Combine two Nordic capitals – Helsinki and Stockholm – by cruising the world’s largest archipelago, between Finland and Sweden. The luxury cruise liners offer high quality cabins, several restaurants and bars, nightclubs with live entertainment, discos, casinos, shops etc. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden built on 14 islands, is a vibrant, modern city with historic charm.
Supplier and booking for example: Helsinki Expert www.helsinkiexpert.com
Baltic Discovery – a Cruise Experience The Baltic Sea region surrounding Helsinki has extensive cruise and ferry connections which present many opportunities to discover the area. Our package includes visits to 3 capitals: Helsinki, Tallinn, and Stockholm, linked by fast ferry boats and overnight cruises which offer sumptuous buffet dinners and extensive evening entertainment. Example package includes: 3 nights in first class hotels: 1 night in Helsinki, Tallinn and Stockholm on a bed and buffet breakfast basis, 2 overnight cruises (Tallinn–Stockholm and Stockholm–Helsinki) including breakfast buffet, Helsinki to Tallinn one way by a daytime ferry.
Supplier and booking for example: The Travel Experience www.travel-expericence.net
Train to St. Petersburg Majestic palaces, extravagant mansions and richly decorated cathedrals, create a regal am-bience all around St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities on the globe. Thanks to the new and fast Allegro trains and renewed track connections the trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes only 3,5 hours. A multilingual Finnish tour leader will accompany you throughout the tour, which introduces the main sights of the city in four days.
Supplier and booking for example: Viada Oy www.viada.com
Information about renting a car and other transport options, see: www.visithelsinki.fi
Helsinki & Southern Finland
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