Things to see and do - Vaasa
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Vaasa Travel guide
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Nordic in ambience, this port dates from the early 14C when Swedish sailors established a settlement on an island in the gulf of Bothnia. By the late 14C they had built Korsholm Castle. In 1606, Charles IX granted a charter to Korsholm and renamed it Vaasa in honour of the Swedish dynasty. Destroyed by fire in 1852, it was rebuilt 6km to the west in Empire and neo-Renaissance styles, augmented by the advent of modernism in the 1960s. Revell, one of Finland's great 20C architects, was from Vaasa.
Tourist attractions Vaasa : Things to see and do
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4 FIN - 65101 Vaasa
The museum's ground floor has foreign paintings, notably by French artists (Degas, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso); upstairs are Finnish paintings dating from 1850 to 1940. This major collection has works by talented Finnish artists like Fanny Churberg, A..
Museokatu 3 FIN - 65101 Vaasa
Cast brass doors (1929) lead into the museum; they depict the inauguration of the court of appeal of Korsholm in 1776 and the fire of 1852. The regional history section evokes Vaasa's golden age at the time of the tar trade (16C-18C) and displays cou..
Raastuvankatu 19 FIN - 65101 Vaasa
This group of commercial buildings, on the eastern side of the market place, was constructed between 1958 and 1962 according to plans drawn up by Viljo Revell (1910-1964), a great Finnish architect and native of Vaasa. The buildings constitute a fine..
Asemakatu 4 FIN - 65100 Vaasa
This elegant hotel is found directly opposite Vaasa Train Station. It offers a popular breakfast buffet and classic rooms with antique-style furniture and décor. Internet access is free. Hotel Astor’s rooms feature free wired internet, a TV and a mi..
Lemmenpolku 3 FIN - 65170 Vaasa
This hotel has its own 1100 m² water park with slides, hot tubs and saunas. It is just 200 metres from Wasalandia Amusement Park, on Vaasa’s Vaskiluoto island. Guests enjoy free spa and pool access from mid June until early August. Free Wi-Fi, Pay T..
Rewell Center 101 FIN - 65100 Vaasa
This hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from Vaasa Central Station. It offers a free evening sauna and 9th-floor nightclub featuring city views. All rooms have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa’s rooms also include cable TV a..