2 Loppi is a lively, growing rural municipality in the Tavastia Proper region. Our central location, active business community, beautiful natural surroundings and excellent community services make Loppi a great place for living, leisure and work. Around 8300 people live in Loppi. The municipality has three main population centres: the town of Loppi (Kirkonkylä), Launonen and Läyliäinen. There are also a number of smaller villages. With its beautiful countryside and many lakes and ponds, Loppi municipality is also a popular place for outdoor leisure activities. Loppi has thousands of summer cottages, and the area s population nearly doubles in the summertime. We have a wide variety of cultural events all year round. There are concerts and exhibitions organised throughout the year by the community as well as non-profit organisations. Thousands of people flock to enjoy the summer theatre performances put on by the Loppi Theatre in its summer home in the village of Sajaniemi. We look forward to welcoming you to Loppi to visit, to live and to enjoy! Karoliina Viitanen Municipal Manager Naturally near by Welcome to Loppi Loppi combines the best aspects of peaceful natural surroundings, convenient living and closeness to larger cities. The municipality of Loppi enjoys a prime location in the Tavastia Lake Highlands in Southern Tavastia province. We have some of the loveliest landscapes in Finland, yet Loppi is located in the nation s population and logistical heartland, only about a thirtyminute drive from the Helsinki region and about an hour from Hämeenlinna, Lahti, Turku and Tampere. Loppi is one of the growing municipalities in southern Finland. Our population (currently around 8300) is growing all the time, as is the number of summer residents. In this lovely area, there are even more summer cottages than year-round homes. Loppi s coat of arms features a wave and the symbol for iron, which together symbolise the area s many lakes and the past era when iron ore was extracted from the lakes around Loppi. Loppi is especially famous for its potatoes. In addition to traditional family farms, the municipality has some 400 businesses. The town of Loppi Kirkonkylä is lively, with its shops and schools, but there are numerous other villages in the municipality, each with its own active village life. Loppi s excellent transport links to the Helsinki area and other nearby cities have made it a popular place to live. Your work may take you to a big city, but our convenient, safe living will bring you back to Loppi in the evening! If you are interested in living or working in Loppi, there is a wide choice of business sites and residential building plots available throughout the municipality.
3 Old tale of Loppi There is an old tale that tells of a devil who lived in the caves in the hills around Loppi. It took on the shape of a giant. When a church was built in Loppi in the 17th century, the devil tried every trick he had to disrupt the construction. It flew into a rage when the church bells began to peal I ll never have another moment of peace when Santa Pirjo is thundering, the devil roared. The church actually bears the name of Saint Birgitta, but local Loppi residents refer to it as Santa Pirjo. In its rage, the devil picked up a boulder and tried to smash the bell tower. But the rock flew across to the Tiirinkallio cliff on the shore of Lake Loppijärvi, from where the villagers tipped it into the water. Then the rock began to cause disasters. Livestock became diseased; animals died. Finally the villagers joined forces to raise the boulder up onto a promontory of the cliff. The livestock returned to health. Loppi began to flourish, and it continues to flourish today. This legend can tell us about the character of Loppi residents today: they have a real community spirit and work together to create the elements of a happy life. Close to nature Loppi is located in the Tavastia Lake Highlands, an outstanding natural pearl in the middle of the Tavastia region. You can experience true peace in natural surroundings and a genuine outdoor sporting atmosphere just under an hour from Helsinki. Our rugged wilderness and crystal-clear lakes provide excellent opportunities for recreation. Loppi offers great outdoor activities. There are marked hiking and canoeing routes, clean natural waterways for swimming and fishing, and peaceful Finnish forests. Clearly marked paths and excellent maps mean you can explore the great outdoors safely. Loppi has a variety of options for dining, overnight accommodation, activities, visitor attractions and shopping. Enjoy our beautiful, clean natural environment, high-quality tourism businesses and convenient services.
4 Visitor attractions Loppi Church The present Loppi Church was built between 1885 and 1887 to a design by architect Constantin Kiseleff. The original church could accommodate a congregation of The church was damaged in a fire in 1914, but it was restored and returned to use in Worship services are held every Sunday at 10 a.m. Information: Loppi parish, tel. (019) Loppi Santa Pirjo the Old Church The patron saint of Loppi s Old Church is Saint Birgitta, known locally as Santa Pirjo. The Old Church is located in a culturally significant site on Old Church Hill, around 1.5 km from the town of Loppi Kirkonkylä in the direction of Pilpala. The Old Church was used as a place of worship until It is open to visitors in the summer. Evening devotional service on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. during the summer. The author Sakari Pälsi is buried on the hill. Information: Loppi parish, tel. (019) The Lukkarin Puustelli homestead museum is located near the Old Church. Information: Loppi-seura society, Tuula Pirinen, tel Loppi Parsonage Park Nyynäistentie 35, Jokiniemi, Historic chaplain s house, 125-year-old gardens with over 160 plant species including flowers, herbs and medicinal plants. Children s petting zoo with native Finnish breeds such as endangered kyyttökarja cattle. Information: tel or Asko Kaikusalo s Nature Hut Asko Kaikusalo s Nature Hut, opened in the Topeno community hall in the summer of 2006, features a number of objects on display including the largest collection of mousetraps in the Nordic countries, rock and mineral specimens, and marine oddities from coral to a king crab. Free entry. Information: tel Forest Research Institute Haapastensyrjä processing station, Haapastensyrjäntie 34, Läyliäinen, Arboretum, exhibition on curly birch trees including products and displays of various types of curly birch. Visitors can explore the arboretum on their own. Information: tel Hämeen Härkäpiha Tavastia Cattle Yard Jokiniementie 67, Loppi Tools and other objects used in agriculture and forestry on display. Children s petting zoo in summer. Information: tel. (019) or Vanhakoski Mill Leppälahdentie 51, Loppi Two-storey mill with three pairs of millstones. Wide-ranging displays of old-time tools and other objects in the mill and neighbouring granary building. Milling demonstrations upon request during the summer months from May onwards. Information: tel. (019) or Äijämäki memorial area In 1916, trenches were dug on Kittilä Hill, also known as Äijämäki, in the village of Joentaka as part of the Russian army s defence plan. The trenches are now protected by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities. The trenches are located near the start of the Nyynäistentie Road. Free entry. You can also book a guide through the Joentaka village association. Information: Aulikki Kemppi, tel or Marianna Rautiainen, Marskin Maja Lodge and Sisu outpost The former hunting lodge of Finland s Marshal Mannerheim is built of pine logs and stands on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Punelia. Address: Marskintie 216. Nearby is the Sisu outpost, opened in Café, private-hire restaurant and two saunas on site. Overnight accommodation for 17 people in the pine-log lodge. Information: Teuvo Zetterman, tel or Heikki Kujansuu, tel Räyskälä airfield Räyskäläntie 311, Räyskälä One of the world s largest glider centres. Guided tours on the first Saturday of each month, May September. Departures from in front of the café at 10 a.m.; tours last approx. two hours and are done on foot. Information: Räyskälä Foundation, tel or Sajaniemi Summer Theatre Sajatie 413, Sajaniemi Summer theatre performances every July at the Sajaniemi Summer Theatre on Taidemäki Hill. Covered seating area in case of rain. Information and tickets: Villa Vesper Studio Villa Vesperintie 11, Sajaniemi Paintings, sculptures and portraits by artist Mikael Vesper. Information: Mikael Vesper, tel Home studio of artist Seppo Tamminen Open by arrangement. Address: Santamäentie 88, Santamäki, in Launonen. Information Vaahteramäki Riding School Halmelantie 54, Loppi Guided riding, trekking, jumping lessons, etc. at the Vaahteramäki Riding School. Information: Jari Nylund, tel or Minna Varis, Kalamylly Summer Café, fishing Tarvontie 1, Topeno Tel or In the village of Topeno near Loppi, just off Highway 54. Summer café by the Kaartjoki River rapids, with salmon angling spot. Smoked fish, angling, café, gift shop. Work demonstrations and public occasions. 24 6
5 31 Excursions, footpaths and marked routes You can enjoy the great outdoors in Loppi in many different ways. There are some 80 kilometres of hiking paths, which are part of the Lynx network of trails in the Tavastia Lake Highlands. The canoe routes through Lake Kaartjärvi and the Kaartjoki River as well as Lake Punelia offer options for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Maps are available online at www. loppi.fi/matkailu. There is also a recreational map available of the entire Tavastia Lake Highlands area, including Loppi and neighbouring municipalities, which shows over 200 km of walking paths, 180 km of riding trails, 350 km of cycle routes and 80 km of canoe routes. The map also shows rest areas, barbecue sites and huts, assistance points, services, riding stables, boat landing points, swimming beaches and a great many tourist service providers and sites of interest. For more information, visit: Footpaths and marked routes Shopping Punainen Tupa Manor Boutique Leppäniemi Manor, Leppäniementie 103 Tel / High-quality, fashionable clothing, shoes, bags and accessories for every day and special occasions. Savi-Heinä Puoti Kempintie 20, Jokiniemi Tel. (019) Handcrafted ceramics, dried flowers, seasonal decorations, craft supplies. Käsityökauppa Sinikello Kauppatie 12 Tel Run by the Loppi Handicrafts Society. Handcrafted items and gifts. Toimintakeskus Kuusela Opintie 1 Tel. (019) Textiles, rugs, flowerboxes, craft items, etc. made by people with learning disabilities. Also items made from customers own materials. Ritvan Lahjapaja Myllymäentie 72, Läyliäinen Tel Gifts and cards for all occasions. Puoti Poikettava Väänteenmäentie 2, Läyliäinen Tel Shop run by the Läyliäinen Handicrafts Society, located in the centre of Läyliäinen. Gift items and handicrafts T:mi Auvon Visa Puutteenperäntie 20, Läyliäinen Tel Open by arrangement, also evenings and weekends. Master craftsman Auvo Kilpiäinen s individually handcrafted gift items, made from curly birch wood. Rannan Lelupaja Ky Välitie 5, Launonen Tel. (019) , Finnish-made hand puppets and soft toys. Mikkola farm shop Läyliäistenraitti 984, Läyliäinen Tel. (019) , , Farm shop, bakery, cakes to order, catering service Ajan-Muisto Oy Sajatie 445, Sajaniemi Tel Consignment shop, paintings, antiques, glass and porcelain items. Rimleene Second Hand Vintage Nyynäistentie 1, Jokiniemi Tel You ll find the largest range of shops and services in the centre of Loppi Kirkonkylä: groceries and other food shops, speciality shops, other services (banks, post office, barbers and hair salons, florists, petrol stations and garages, etc.). Launonen and Läyliäinen also have grocery stores and a few other shops ACTIVITY ORGANISERS Quad bike excursions and safaris Safariguru Oy Kari Asikainen tel Enduro safaris Paavo Kassari, Lopen Enduro Oy tel Driving skills for motorists and enduro safaris J. Tengman Oy Motojysky tel mob Rides in rally cars, in the fast stage Saukkolan Ek Hannu Saukkola Sari Saukkola Outdoor activities, canoe & mountain bike rental Step Time Out Products Oy Tatu Pulkkinen tel Hunting and shooting activities Loppi Shooting Centre Information: Raimo Nikander, tel , Antti Viiloranta, tel , Kari Kuparinen, tel Karttakeskus, Lupa L8712/10
6 Marshal Mannerheim s hunting lodge and museum In 1942, Finnish forest troops constructed a hunting lodge, sauna and fishing hut from pine logs as a gift to mark the 75th birthday of Finland s military commander Marshal Mannerheim. The buildings were originally constructed on the shore of Lake Leksozero ( Lieksajärvi in Finnish) in the region of Karelia. After that area was ceded to Russia at the end of the war, the buildings were dismantled and transported to Finnish territory. A new site was found on the shore of Lake Punelia in Loppi in Since 1959 the lodge has been a tourist attraction. In 1992 the Sisu field outpost museum was opened to commemorate the soldiers who built the complex. The museum offers visitors a rare opportunity to learn about what the conditions were like for soldiers at the outpost during wartime. Today the lodge complex also offers a logbuilt summer house with accommodation and conference facilities, a banqueting hall and summer café. Information: tel If you are calling a Finnish number from abroad or using a foreign mobile phone number, change the dialling code as follows: change (019) to Mobile numbers such as change to In case of emergency: Ambulance, police, fire: Dial 112 Town Hall Yhdystie 5, Loppi, tel. (019) Tourist information Town Hall, tel. (019) Info point Grill Café Huhkajalampi, Kantatie 54, tel. (019) Health centre Harjutie 9. Emergency nurse: tel Pharmacy Kauppatie 7, tel. (019) Restaurants and cafés Catisca restaurant, Village center, tel. (019) Lounastupa, Village center, tel. (019) (lunch) Burimi Pizza Kebab, Village center, tel. (019) Kaze Lounas Café, Village center, tel Huhkajalampi Grill Café, tel. (019) Bar Parooni, Läyliäinen, tel. (019) Launos Pub, Launonen, tel. (019) Riihisalo, tel. (019) Marskin Maja, tel Timjami, Village center, tel (private hire only) Kalamylly, tel (summertime) Hilkan Katukeittiö grill and food shop, Village center, tel Cafe 26, Räyskälä airfield, tel (summertime) Ullan Baari restaurant café, Läyliäinen, tel Laakasalo, tel Accommodation Laakasalo, tel Ilpola, tel. (019) Riihisalo, tel. (019) Räyskälä airfield, tel Marskin Maja hunting lodge, tel
7 Räyskälä airfield Everyone is welcome to experience the busy sports aviation atmosphere at Räyskälä. Every day at Räyskälä is something like an airshow, with lots to see. At the centre of all the action is Café26, which serves a wide variety of tasty meals and snacks. Its terrace provides a perfect view over the airfield. If you d like to try flying, gliding or skydiving, just contact the airfield manager, Riku Rissanen, by phone or you ll be up and away in no time. When evening comes, there s still no need to leave the aviation centre. You can stay in our pleasant motel with saunas by the lake. Ask more information: tel Cottages and Villas Sorri Holiday Cottages, tel Lehmuslampi, tel Lehtola, tel Halmela Holiday Cottages, tel Pelto-Seppälä Holiday Cottages, tel Kotamäki Lodges, tel Willa Eeva and Willa Stiina, tel Taxi Loppi Kirkonkylä taxi station Tarkkala, tel Piironen, tel Suosilta, tel , Kaski, tel Mustonen, tel Nurmi, tel Lin-Car, tel Matkahuolto (long-distance buses) Tel , Alko (liquor store) Yhdystie 3, tel Fishing licences One-day licence, tel The answering service will send your licence and verification number via SMS text message. Price: Information on annual licences is available from these locations: Eräloppi, Shell A. Pirttilä, Lopen Pyöräliike Nylund, Neste Uotila, Kalakikka and Korkiakosken Uistin.
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