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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Marine Museum of Mariehamn Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hamngatan FIN - 21100 Mariehamn

    This museum invites visitors to plunge into maritime history, from 18C piracy to modern-day sailing boats, thanks to numerous artefacts and boats. The steel four-master Pommer is the only one of its kind to have survived; it evokes the golden age of ..

  • 4 Petäjävesi Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Kirkkotie FIN - 41900 Petäjävesi

    This Unesco-listed Lutheran church, built by a master carpenter, has a Greek cross layout with arms of equal length and an octogonal dome. The ribs of the vault are decorated with with ochre and red motifs; the rest is in patinated natural pine. The ..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 Porvoo Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lundinkatu 5 FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    This grey-granite cathedral with gables decorated with red brick, and a shingled roof was built between the 14C and 16C. It was damaged many times and restored after the devastating fire of 2006. The date the autonomous Grand Duchy was created, 29 Ma..

  • 7 History Museum of Porvoo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Raatihuoneentori FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    The museum is housed in Porvoo's former town hall, built in 1764. The collections date mainly from the 18C and 19C and include harnesses, sledges, horse-drawn carriages and a collection of locks, as well as artefacts related to local history, 19C cos..

  • 8 Porvoo Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Raatihuoneenkatu 21 FIN - 06100 Porvoo

    As much about history as art, this museum exhibits works by the Finnish masters Ville Vallgren, Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905), Johan Knutson (1816-1899) and Nils Schillmark (1754-1804), but also some renowned names representing the Finnish industrial a..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Rovaniemi Cultural and Administrative Centre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hallituskatu FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    The administrative and cultural centre, an 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 nº 11, Lappia-talo (1975) houses ..

  • 11 Market Place of Savonlinna 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.

  • 12 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 Olaf. It was built in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tott to protect the kingdom's eastern provinces. It was extended, and two towers added in the 16-17C, but these were razed when the ..

  • 13 Seinäjoki Cultural and Administrative Centre 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..

  • 14 Open-Air Museum of Seurasaari 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..

  • 15 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 looking down over Lake Näsijärvi, is itself a work of art. It houses the well-stocked collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation, with more than 5 000 Finnish and internation..

  • 16 Urho Kekkonen National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Tankavaarantie FIN - 99830 Saariselkä

    This national park covers a vast territory of 2 550km2 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 ..

  • 17 Crafts Museum of Turku 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 many wooden artisans' houses, remaining in their original position and well preserved. In each one, visitors can see artisans at work in various workshops ..

  • 18 Museum of Fine Art of Turku 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 paintings by Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), the mainstay of Finnish painting. Works by Victor Wester..

  • 19 Tikanoja Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4 FIN - 65101 Vaasa

    The Vaasa businessman, Frithjof Tikanoja (1877-1964), an amateur art collector, donated his collection of paintings and drawings to the City of Vaasa, which founded this museum in 1951. Works by international artists, such as Degas, Gauguin, Matisse ..

  • 20 Österbottens Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Museokatu 3 FIN - 65101 Vaasa

    Cast brass doors (1929) lead into the Ostrobothnia Museum; they depict the inauguration of the Korsholm court of appeal 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). The ..

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