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  • 1 Hamina: old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Raatihuoneentori FIN - 49400 Hamina

    The history of the fortified town is related to the variations of the nearby border, and this Baltic port became a pivot of East-West trade. In the old town, the town hall (late 18C), the St Peter and Paul orthodox church (1837) built by the Italian ..

  • 2 Hvitträsk Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hvitträskintie 166 FIN - 02440 Luoma

    The wooded hill overlooking the lake was the ideal setting for artists aspiring to get back to nature: the musicians Jean Sibelius and Robert Kajanus, writer Maxim Gorki and painters such as Gallen-Kallela and Edvard Munch. Until 1923 the architect E..

  • 3 Lake Inari Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Fiskhamnsvägen FIN - 99870 Inari

    This lake (1 153km2) is the second largest in the world north of the arctic circle. The surrounding mountains and its 3 000 rocky islands covered with pines and birches are reflected in its dark, clear waters, which only thaw in mid-June. A Sami folk..

  • 4 Kristinestad: old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kattpiskargränden FIN - 65101 Kristiinankaupunki

    The historic quarter around the central market place has retained its authenticity with brightly-coloured wooden houses (17C and 18C) and narrow streets and alleyways. The narrowest has the curious name of "cat whipper alley" (Kattpiskargrä..

  • 5 Orthodox Church Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Karjalankatu 1 FIN - 70110 Kuopio

    This Orthodox Church Museum mainly exhibits objects taken from the monasteries of Valamo, Konevitsa and Petsamo. The upper gallery contains sacred icons and objects exhibited throughout seven rooms. The silver cenotaph of St Arsene (founder of the mo..

  • 6 Puijo Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Puijontie FIN - 70110 Kuopio

    The Puijo Belvedere, an observation tower 75m high on a wooded hill, is the nearby town's most remarkable landmark. It overlooks a landscape of typically Finnish lakes and forests. On the 12 th floor, you can take in the splendid views while enjoying..

  • 7 Oulanka National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - 93600 Kuusamo

    The Oulankajoki is a powerful river running east at an average altitude of 133m. Kiutaköngäs is a series of rapids (600m) swirling on red granite. A 2km path leads from the information centre to the waterfalls. The Bear Circuit, Karhunkierros, is a h..

  • 8 Louhisaari Manor House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Louhisaarentie 244 FIN - 21240 Askainen

    The Renaissance manor house was built in the 15C by Governor-General Herman Fleming. Carl Eric Mannerheim, later a senator of the autonomous Grand-Duchy of Finland, bought it in 1795. It was here that Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, future Marshal of Fi..

  • 9 Jumma: camping and hiking resort Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Juumantie FIN - 93999 Juuma

    This camping and hiking resort is located at the edge of large, untouched spaces on the banks of River Kitkanjoki. The Bear circuit crosses the famous Niskakoski Rapids and Myllykoski via a rope footbridge. There are other impressive rapids within th..

  • 10 Marine Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hamngatan FIN - 21100 Mariehamn

    The boat-shaped entrance to the museum is decorated with figureheads. One of the most famous sailing ships is Herzogin Cecile, which sank in the Channel in 1936 returning from a victory in a sea race. Visitors can see the captain's cabin, saloon and ..

  • 11 Convent Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nunnakatu 2 FIN - 21100 Naantali

    The convent church is the only vestige of the convent of the order of St Sauveur, founded by St Brigitte in 1443 and completed in 1462. Disbanded during the Reformation (16C), it became a Lutheran church. Among the treasures to be seen inside are a f..

  • 12 Petäjävesi Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Kirkkotie FIN - 41900 Petäjävesi

    This Lutheran church built by carpenter Klemetinpoika Leppänen has a Greek cross layout with arms of equal lengths. An octogonal dome with a ribbed vault, whose ridges have ochre and red motifs; the rest is in patinated natural pine. The pulpit, whic..

  • 13 Old Porvoo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kirkkotori FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    The historical quarter was the working centre of town until the 19C. It burned down in 1760; many of the fine wooden houses therefore date from the late 18C and early 19C. Charming little houses, brightly coloured with neat gardens, line the winding ..

  • 14 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lundinkatu 5 FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    Built between the 14C and 16C, this grey-granite cathedral with decorated red-brick gables and a shingled roof often suffered damage. On 29 March 1809, the date of the creation of the autonomous Grand-Duchy, is also an important date for the cathedra..

  • 15 History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Raatihuoneentori FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    The museum is housed in the former town hall, built in 1764. The collections date mainly from the 18C-19C. On the ground floor, harnesses, sledges, horse-drawn carriages and a collection of locks are on display. The first floor rooms are dedicated to..

  • 16 Edelfelt-Vallgren Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Raatihuoneenkatu 21 FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    Among the pieces exhibited, Vallgren's portrait (1886) and Edelfelt's bust illustrate the friendship between these two artists. Paintings by Johan Knutson (1816-1899), portraits by Nils Schillmark (1754-1804) and Iris ceramics and furniture (between ..

  • 17 House of Johan Ludvig Runeberg Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Aleksanterinkatu 3 FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    The home of Finland's national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is one of the town's best-preserved Empire buildings. The interior remains as it was during the poet's last years. In the drawing room, note the bust of his father (1860) by Walte..

  • 18 Cultural and Administrative Centre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hallituskatu FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    This elegant group of three slender buildings typifies the work of world-renowned architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), whose structures are characterised by rigorous modernity. At n°11, Lappia-talo (1975) houses the municipal theatre, concert hall and ..

  • 19 Market Place Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kauppatori FIN - 57100 Savonlinna

    At this bustling waterside market place with an almost Mediterranean feel, visitors mingle with inhabitants and the steamers await their contingent of tourists.

  • 20 St Olav Fortress Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Linnankatu FIN - 57100 Savonlinna

    This triangular fortress with three towers on one side is dedicated to St Olav. It was built in 1475 by the governor of Viborg to protect the eastern provinces of the kingdom. It was extended, and two towers added in the 16-17C - these were razed whe..

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