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  • 1 Administrative and Cultural Centre designed by Alvar Aalto Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Koulukatu FIN - 60100 Seinäjoki

    The town's administrative and cultural centre was designed by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). It is dominated by the bell (64m) of the tower (1960). The lower part of the parish centre (1966) is to the left; next to it stands the ingenious construction hous..

  • 2 Open-Air Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fölisön FIN - 00250 Helsinki

    The museum comprises around 100 18C-19C buildings (numbers given here are those used by the museum). The Niemelä farm (7) demonstrates that saunas could be used as temporary shelter. Karuna church (8) is the oldest building (1686); the Carelian Perti..

  • 3 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Tuomiokirkonkatu 3 FIN - 33101 Tampere

    This grey-granite cathedral with a red roof was built from 1902 to 1907 by Lars Sonck in the national Romantic style. The medieval Gothic influence can be detected in the arrows of the towers and the pillars supporting the vault. Behind the high alta..

  • 4 Sara Hildénin Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Särkänniemi 13 FIN - 33230 Tampere

    The modern building, designed by Pekka Ilveskoski in 1979 and built on a hill overlooking Lake Näsijärvi, is a veritable artwork in itself. It houses the rich collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation, with more than 3 000 Finnish and international wo..

  • 5 Urho Kekkonen National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Tankavaarantie FIN - 99830 Saariselkä

    This national park covers a vast territory of 2 530km2 reaching as far as the Russian border. Information on the walks and other activities in which you can participate is available at the Tankavaara reception centre, located on the E75 axis between ..

  • 6 Crafts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vartiovuorenkatu 2 FIN - 20100 Turku

    This Crafts Museum, founded in 1940 and better known as the Luostarinmäki open-air museum, has eighteen artisans' wooden houses, remaining in their original position and well preserved. In each one, visitors can see artisans at work in various worksh..

  • 7 Museum of Fine Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Aurakatu 26 FIN - 20100 Turku

    This red-granite building (1904) overlooking Turku blends international Art Nouveau and National Romantic styles. Centre-stage among its collections are 30 paintings by Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), the mainstay of Finnish painting. Works by Victor Wes..

  • 8 Museum of Fine Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 9 Österbottens Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 10 Hattula Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    FIN - Hattula

    Dating from around 1320, this brick church is a fine example of Finnish medieval ecclesiastical architecture. The frescoes and wall paintings, executed around 1510-1520, mainly illustrate scenes from the Life of Christ. They resemble those in Lohja c..

  • 11 Emil Wikströmin Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    FIN - Päivölä

    In 1903, sculptor Emil Wikström (1864-1942) took up residence in this spelendidly situated building on the shore of Lake Vanajavesi and worked in its lovely studio until 1912. Among the objects on show are original plaster moulds and maquettes of scu..

  • 12 Lakes Region Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Tampere

    Mostly water and forest, this region has some of the most attractive and quintessentially Finnish scenery in the country. More than 10 000 years ago, the ice sheet covering Finland created a highly complex landscape of lakes, ridges and rocky outcrop..

  • 13 Gösta Serlachiuksen taidemuseo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Joenniementie 47 FIN - Mänttä

    This important collection of artworks, including masterpieces from the golden age of Finnish art, belonged to a leading figure in the paper industry, Gösta Serlachius (1876-1942). It is on show in the Joenniemi manor house, designed in 1935 by Jarl E..

  • 14 Kukkolankoski Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Tornio

    The River Tornio's most important rapids run for a total of 3.5km, forming a picturesque backdrop for ochre-red huts belonging to fishermen who, in keeping with tradition, net their fish before grilling them over an open fire. Visitors have the oppor..

  • 15 Pyhän Laurin Kirkko Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Laurinkatu FIN - Lohja

    This large three-nave church dates from the 15C. The walls and vaulting are covered in frescoes depicting Biblical scenes ranging from the Garden of Eden to the Last Judgement. The influence of Swedish artist Albertus Pictor is evident. Painted betwe..

  • 16 Juselius Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cimetière Käppärä FIN - Pori

    A rich businessman, F.A. Juselius, had this monument built in memory of his daughter Sigrid, who died in 1898 at the age of eleven. He commissioned Gallen-Kallela to decorate the interior with frescoes (1901-1903), but humidity and later a fire destr..

  • 17 Sepänmäen käsityömuseo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    FIN - Hirvihaara

    The historic Sepänmäen käsityömuseo village is a living museum which keeps traditions alive with its 20 houses and 14 workshops, offering an authentic picture of 18C-19C life complete with demonstrations of traditional trades.

  • 18 Ranua Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Rovaniementie 29 FIN - Ranua

    The world's northernmost zoological park (eläinpuisto) is home to around 60 arctic species, including polar bears, and birds. The animals live in their natural surroundings in vast enclosures. An easy 3km stony path leads around the park.

  • 19 Punkaharju Ridge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Punkaharju

    Running for some 7km in length and rising in places to a height of 30m, the ridge is in fact a moraine deposited here during the Ice Age. It lies between Lake Pihlajavesi and Lake Puruvesi, and in places is no wider than the old road running along it..

  • 20 Hossa Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Hossa

    This "fishermen's paradise" is also an ideal region for walkers, with nearly 100km of signposted paths. The excellent fishing is thanks to the 130 lakes, ponds and rivers in the area. Rare virgin forest and some of the world's most northerl..

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