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2 Contents Helsinki 4 Espoo 6 Vantaa 7 Lake Tuusula 8 Vihti 9 Lohja 10 Hanko 11 Raseborg 12 Porvoo 13 Loviisa 14 Kouvola 15 Southeast Hämeenlinna 18 Neighbours of Helsinki 19 King s Road 20 Experience Helsinki and visit the best attractions in Southern Finland! This brochure presents the most interesting sights and attractions for daytrips in and out of Helsinki. Keep it with you when travelling outside the centre of Helsinki and around Southern Finland. You will have invaluable tips about local sights, culture, food and what s going on in the area. Enjoy your stay! Flickr/Satu_m_n & SOUTHERN FINLAND daytrips Published and produced by: Visit Helsinki Design and layout: Rebekka Lehtola Photos: Cover image Jussi Hellsten, Helsinki Tourism Material Bank, Visit Finland Media Bank, suppliers and area organizations in Helsinki and Southern Finland. Paper: MAXI Silk 250 g/m 2 and MAXI Silk 130 g/m 2 Printed in Finland by Lönnberg Print & Promo The publisher is not responsible for possible changes or for the correctness of contact information, opening times, prices or other related information mentioned in this brochure. 2 Helsinki & Southern Finland

3 Distances from Helsinki GULF OF FINLAND Stockholm 402 km Tallinn 84 km St.Petersburg 391 km Hanko 128 km Raasepori 76 km Lohja 57 km Vihti 49 km Nummela 39 km Hämeenlinna 101 km Espoo 18 km Vantaa 16 km Tuusula 28 km Järvenpää 36 km Lahti 104 km Porvoo 50 km Loviisa 87 km Kouvola 134 km Kotka 133 km Hamina 146 km Transportation information Espoo By train from Helsinki s Central Railway Station to Leppävaara: local trains A, E, U, S, Y, L. By bus from Leppävaara to Serena Water Park and Ski Resort: buses 21, 21K. By train from Helsinki s Central Railway Station to Espoon keskus: trains E, U, S, L. By bus from Espoon keskus to Nuuksio National Park: buses 85, 85K. By bus from Kamppi bus station to Tapiola: buses 106, 107, 109, 110. By bus from Elielinaukio to Tapiola: buses 194, 195. By bus from Elielinaukio to Serena Water Park and Ski Resort: bus 339T. Vantaa By bus from Helsinki s Central Railway Station to Helsinki Airport: bus 615. By train to Tikkurila (Eastern Vantaa): trains H, I, K, N, T, R, Z. By train to Myyrmäki (Western Vantaa): train M. Tuusula and Järvenpää To Järvenpää by commuter trains H, R and T from Helsinki s Central Railway Station. To Tuusula and Järvenpää by bus from Kamppi bus station: platforms 10 or 11. Buses marked Mäntsälä, Järvenpää or Kellokoski. Vihti By bus from Kamppi bus station: platform 28. West Uusimaa Region By bus from Kamppi bus station: platform 27. Buses marked Lohja or Virkkala. Hanko and Raasepori By train from Helsinki s Central Railway Station. By bus from Kamppi bus station, local bus 280 or ExpressBus. Porvoo By bus from Kamppi bus station daily every half hour. By ferry during summertime: the ferries m/s J.L. Runeberg and Royal Line depart from the Market Square. Loviisa By bus from Kamppi bus station: buses 840, 870. Kotka By car along E18 motorway (Helsinki-Kotka). Some 20 daily bus services between Helsinki and Kotka. Several daily bus services from Helsinki Airport to Kotka. Hamina By bus from Kamppi bus station, several departures per day. The route goes through Porvoo, Loviisa and Karhula. Hämeenlinna By train from Helsinki s Central Railway Station: trains IC and express trains R/H, H. By bus from Kamppi bus station: all ExpressBus services to Tampere stop in Hämeenlinna. Kouvola By car along E18 motorway (Helsinki-Kouvola). By train. By bus from Helsinki Airport. Bus timetables: Train timetables: Journey planner for Helsinki Region: Helsinki & Southern Finland 3

4 HELSINKI City filled with vibrant urban culture Rami Hanafi Visit Finland/Juho Kuva Sebire Are you looking for a relaxing sea cruise, Finnish design products, top concerts, interesting sightseeing tours or an enjoyable gourmet experience? Helsinki and its intriguing districts offer plenty to see and do throughout the year. Every week is packed with a variety of events, from the fine arts to music and sports to exhibitions. More information about Helsinki and its main attractions in 11 languages can be found in the Helsinki Visitors Guide. Pick it up from the Tourist Information or download at: The coastal city of Helsinki has earned a reputation as a pocket-sized and modern metropolis where visitors can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Eastern and western influences from the past 460 years can be seen everywhere. With these tips you can visit Helsinki s versatile urban districts outside the city centre. Suomenlinna Suomenlinna is one of the world s largest historical maritime fortresses and home to 850 city residents. With its museums, restaurants and events, the islands of Suomenlinna offer a unique experience for visitors of all ages throughout the year. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since The 15-minute ferry crossing to the fortress offers you a unique chance to admire and photograph Helsinki from the sea. Seurasaari Seurasaari is a popular museum island and recreational area located 15 minutes by bus from the city centre. The wooden buildings at the Open-Air Museum represent Finnish building traditions from the 18th to the 20th centuries. During the summer season various workshops and events at the museum present traditional handicrafts, customs, folklore and folk dancing. Kaivopuisto & nearby islands Kaivopuisto is Helsinki s oldest and most popular park, as well as a prestigious embassy district. The proximity of the sea, the rocky cliffs and the green lawns offer many opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Along the shore and on the nearby islands you can find several cafés and summer restaurants. Take a ferry to Uunisaari Island off the southern shore of Kaivopuisto Park or to Pihlajasaari Island and find sandy beaches and convenient services, attracting summer holidaymakers to swim and picnic. Kallio The former working-class district of Kallio is one of the most characteristic parts of Helsinki. Favoured these days by artists and students, the district s bohemian bars and trendy boutiques attract visitors with a sense of adventure. Visit also the over 100-year-old Hakaniemi Market Hall and its outdoor market, where you will find everything from groceries and flowers to clothing and handicrafts for sale. Arabia The area of Arabia is a modern centre for the sciences, design and the arts, as well as a waterfront residential district. Home of the School of Art and Design and the 130-year-old Arabia porcelain factory, museum and gallery, Arabia continues to be a pioneer in modern Scandinavian design. Helsinki s attractive and unique character comes not only from its colorful past but also from its proximity to the sea, which offers an endless number of exciting activities. The city s many green parks are popular gathering places for visitors and residents alike. Forest is also nearby and can be easily reached during a daytrip. The fresh sea air, beautiful parks and excellent recreational facilities in Helsinki offer you unlimited possibilities to enjoy healthy activities throughout the year. Thanks to its compact size, Helsinki is ideal for walking and jogging, or you can just as easily enjoy the scenery by cycling or canoeing. While you are in Helsinki you can relax in a genuine Finnish sauna, which you can also combine in wintertime with a swim in the sea through a hole cut in the ice! The newest and most intriguing of Helsinki s public saunas is the Kulttuurisauna culture sauna on the shoreline in Hakaniemenranta. From the terrace you can enjoy a beautiful view to the sea. Design District Fans of design must visit the Design District. The area is home to around 200 designer shops, interior decorating studios, antique dealers, clothing and jewellery boutiques, galleries, museums and restaurants. Members of the Design District network can be identified by the Design District Helsinki sticker. The Design District is also home to the Design Museum (Korkeavuorenkatu 23). and Tori Quarter - Torikortteli The Tori Quarter between the Market Square and Senate Square dates back originally to the 1700s. Handicrafts, Finnish design brands, eco design and much more. While shopping you can take a break at the charming Café Engel for a coffee and slice of bananachocolate cake. Helsinki Tourist Information Tel (0) Tourist Information also at Helsinki Airport, Terminal 2, arrivals 2A TOP EVENTS IN 2014 Tove Mar 7 Sep, Tove Jansson s 100 year anniversary exhibition, Ateneum Art Museum May Day Eve Celebration & May Day 30 April 1 May, around the city Restaurant Day 17 May, a day when anyone can open a restaurant for a day World Village Festival May, world music, Kaisaniemi Park Helsinki Samba Carnaval 6 7 June, Senate Square Helsinki Day 12 June, birthday events throughout the city Finnish Province Days feat. Kainuu June, Senate Square 4 Helsinki & Southern Finland

5 HELSINKI Our city is your city! Niclas Sjöblom Visit Finland/Jussi Hellsten Rami Hanafi EAT & ENJOY Helsinki has around 1100 restaurants where you will find everything from gourmet delights to bistro treats. The latest trend is for young chefs to start their own small and unique gourmet and bistro style restaurants, such as Chef&Sommelier and Ask, the Michelinstarred Demo, Luomo and Postres. Helsinki s idyllic island restaurants are open from May to the end of September and can be reached by ferry from the mainland. Try also one of the popular lunch or dinner cruises departing from the Market Square. Nearby Kallio and Kalasatama you can visit the centre of local food, The Abattoir - Teurastamo. Its historic redbrick buildings once served as the city abattoir and now form a pleasingly authentic courtyard surrounded by boutiques, restaurants and event venues. At the heart of the Abattoir is the Kellohalli restaurant and event venue, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. HelsinkiMenu restaurants Finnish cuisine is typified by simplicity and purity. The easiest way to try local specialties is to order from the Helsinki- Menu, which is offered by 14 restaurants in the city centre. The menu varies according to restaurant and season. Baker s Mannerheimintie 12 Casino Helsinki Mikonkatu 19 Fishmarket Pohjoisesplanadi 17 Fly Inn Restaurant & Deli Helsinki Airport Graniittilinna Säästöpankinranta 6 Havis Eteläranta 16 Hotel Arthur Vuorikatu 19 Kuu Töölönkatu 27 KuuKuu Museokatu 17 Lasipalatsi Mannerheimintie Nokka Kanavaranta 7 Seurasaari Seurasaari Island Sundmans Krog Eteläranta 16 Suomenlinna Brewery Restaurant Suomenlinna c1 Market Halls & Market SquareS Helsinki s markets and market halls sell traditional delicacies and local specialties. They offer a great way to discover local food culture and the traditional way of shopping. Market Square Helsinki s most international and famous market. The booths here sell traditional market foods and treats, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. Eteläsatama Old Market Hall The traditional and popular Old Market Hall beside Market Square will reopen after a complete renovation this summer. Eteläsatama Hakaniemi Market & Market Hall Traditional market treats and atmosphere. Hämeentie Hietalahti Market Hall A wide selection of fresh delicacies. Lunch, dinner and snacks can be enjoyed in the restaurants and cafés. Lönnrotinkatu 34 Helsinki Tourist Information Tourist Information Pohjoisesplanadi May 14 Sept: Mon Fri 9am 8pm, Sat Sun 9am 6pm 15 Sept 14 May: Mon Fri 9am 6pm, Sat Sun 10am 4pm Regional Tourist Information Helsinki Airport, Terminal 2, arrivals 2A 1 May 30 Sept: Mon Sun 10am 8pm 1 Oct 30 April: Mon Sat 10am 6pm, Sun 12noon 6pm New in Helsinki 2014! Ferris wheel next to Market Square opens in spring Tykkisluuppi Gun Boat cruises from Suomenlinna maritime fortress Lonna a new island opens to public use Seurasaari Midsummer Bonfires 20 June, Seurasaari Island Helsinki Pride June, festival for sexual minorities Tuska Festival June, metal music festival, Suvilahti Helsinki Cup, 7 12 July, international junior soccer tournament Flow Festival 8 10 August, electronic music festival, Suvilahti Helsinki Festival August, events throughout the city Helsinki City Marathon 16 August, start and finish at the Olympic Stadium Restaurant Day 17 August, a day when anyone can open a restaurant for a day Helsinki Design Week 4 14 September Habitare, ValoLight, Salonki, ArtHelsinki September, Messukeskus Love and Anarchy Film Festival September Herring Market 5 11 October, Helsinki s oldest traditional event, Market Square Lucia Parade 13 December, from Helsinki Cathedral to Finlandia Hall St. Thomas Christmas Market in December, Senate Square New Year s Eve celebrations 31 December, program, concert, fireworks... Senate Square See also: > What s On > Events in Helsinki Helsinki & Southern Finland 5

6 ESPOO Metropolitan Area Gem by the Sea Espoo, located next to the capital Helsinki is a diverse city where arts and culture meet the unspoilt wilderness of the Nuuksio National park. There are 58 kilometres of seashore, 165 islands, 95 lakes and 8 golf courses to enjoy. Explore events, art exhibitions, theatre performances, international sport events, splendid concerts, adventurous sea and archipelago or nature activities throughout the year. A comprehensive range of accommodation is available to suit all budgets and tastes. S E E EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of Finland s largest art museums. It is located at the WeeGee Exhibition Centre which offers plenty to see for the whole family with changing exhibitions and events. WeeGee also houses the Espoo City Museum, the Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum, the Finnish Toy Museum, the Finnish Museum of Horology, Gallery Aarni and a museum shop and a café. Ahertajantie 5, Espoo Tel (0) Open: Tue, Thu, Fri 11am 6pm, Wed 11am 8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Akseli Gallen-Kallela museum Visit the home of our national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela in a castle-like atelier home, built in Art Nouveau style. Changing exhibitions with varying themes offer fresh combinations of the works of Gallen-Kallela and his contemporaries, modern art and photography. The museum also houses a charming café-restaurant. Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, Espoo Tel (0) Open: 15 May-31 Aug 11am-6pm, 1 Sept-14 May Tue-Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 11am-5pm E X P E R I E N C E Nuuksio National Park The most significant national park in Southern Finland offers excellent opportunities for relaxation in the wilderness: horse riding, biking, canoeing, climbing, picking berries and mushrooms, swimming, snowshoeing, skiing and trekking. Stay overnight in a tent or lean-to shelter. Just 25 kilometers from Helsinki. Visitors are served by an extensive network of marked trails and guide services. Tel (0) The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is an ecologically designed event centre entirely made of wood on the fringes of Nuuksio National Park in Espoo. Haltia s exhibitions present Finland s most stunning wildlife and natural scenery. The centre s main aim is to give people a genuine sense of close contact with nature and perspectives on the natural wonders of the whole country. Nuuksiontie 84, Espoo Tel (0) Santa s Cottage You know Santa Claus. But have you ever wondered what Santa does on his spare time? Now you have a unique opportunity to explore Santa s holiday traditions ashore of the pond Korpilampi where Santa has his cottage. Peak into the beautiful backwoods and meet Santa and his elves at the cottage where kids can give their wish list to Santa. Tel (0) Bookings in advance. Archipelago excursions Enjoy Espoo s unique archipelago on a scheduled boat which carries you swiftly to the attractive little islands in Espoo archipelago. Available from June to September. Tel (0) Serena Water Park & Serena Ski Resort The largest tropical water amusement park in the Nordic countries offers many exciting waterslides and other thrills, including popular outdoor attractions. In winter downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and downhill ice skating. Tornimäentie 10, Espoo Tel (0) Oittaa Recreation Centre By lake Bodom, Oittaa offers versatile and exciting activities all year round. Beaches for swimming and ice swimming, saunas, nature trails, equipment rental, exercise and ski tracks and a café. Also Angry Birds themed playground for children. Kunnarlantie 33 39, Espoo Tel (0) Solvalla Sports Institute & Solvalla Swinghill Solvalla Sports Institute provides versatile exercise opportunities and equipment rental for individuals and groups. In winter downhill and cross-country skiing. Nuuksiontie 82, Espoo Tel (0) Huimala adventure Hall offers great fun for kids of all ages. There is a huge softplay, a sports arena, table games, an electric car track, a ball-cannon arena, trampolines and inflatable bounce castles. Juvankartanontie 15, Espoo Tel (0) Open: Tue-Wed 2pm 8pm, Thu-Sun 10am 8pm E A T & E N J O Y Honkalintu Fishing and hiking excursions that listen to and respect the nature. Tel (0) Sea & Mountain Adventures Full-service safari house in Nuuksio. Tailored events including all necessary equipment throughout the year. Tel (0) Gula Villan Island Restaurant Open in summer time, Tel (0) , Haukilahti Pavillion Tel (0) , Panorama Restaurant Haikaranpesä Tel (0) , Restaurant Johannes, Hotel Hanasaari Tel (0) , 6 Helsinki & Southern Finland Visit Espoo Tel (0) Tourist Information in Citizen s Offices: Tapiola, Matinkylä, Leppävaara, Espoonlahti, Espoon keskus, Kalajärvi TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship 1 February, in Serena Ski Resort, April Jazz April, International jazz festival, Kivenlahti Rock 6-7 June, in Leppävaara, Organ Night and Aria Festival 5 June-28 August, Evening concerts in Espoo s medieval cathedral, Espoo Ciné August, International Film Festival in Espoo,

7 Sakari Manninen VANTAA Gateway to Finland The Finnish Aviation Museum is a national special museum situated close to Helsinki Airport. Tietotie 3, Vantaa Tel (0) , Open Mon-Sun 10am 5pm, Wed also 5pm-8pm Vantaa City Museum collects objects related to the past and present of Vantaa. Changing exhibitions. Tikkurila Old Station Building Hertaksentie 1, Vantaa Tel (0) Open Tue Fri 10am 5pm, Sat Sun 11am 4pm Vantaa Art Museum presents high-class national and international contemporary art in its alternating exhibitions. The Myyrmäki House, Paalutori 3, Vantaa, Tel (0) Open Tue, Wed, Fri 11am 6pm, Thu 1pm 8pm, Sat 10am 4pm. Nissbacka Manor Sculpture Park The remaining Nissbacka Manor parkland acts as Professor and Sculptor Laila Pullinen s sculpture park. Nissbacka Manor, Sotungintie 4, Vantaa, Tel (0) Open 1 June 1 September Wed 12noon 6pm and Sun 12noon 4pm. The Church of St. Lawrence in Helsinge Vicarage is the oldest building in the metropolitan area, dating from around It is one of the most favored wedding churches in the whole of Finland. Kirkkotie 45, Vantaa, Tel (0) Open Mon-Fri 9am 3pm. In summer Mon-Fri 9am 8pm. During summer also guide Mon 12.45pm-8pm, Tue-Fri 12.30pm 8pm. Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre At Heureka visitors of all ages have the opportunity to experience and learn about science and technology in an exciting hands-on environment. Heureka s Planetarium is one of the most modern digital planetariums in Europe. Languages: Finnish, Swedish and English. Tiedepuisto 1, Vantaa Further information: Tel (0) Flamingo Leisure Centre and Jumbo Shopping Centre. Flamingo offers a diverse world of experiences: water park, spa & wellness, dayspa, bowling, films, glow-in-the dark minigolf, restaurants, night club, shopping, hotel and conference facilities. Flamingo s own shopping gallery is linked with the Jumbo Shopping Centre, one of the biggest in Finland. Tasetie 8, Vantaa Flamingo Spa is a Water Park for the whole family and a Flamingo Spa & Wellness centre for adults. Info tel (0) Sales Service, tel (0) Tulisuudelma is a dance club and restaurant with live music on Tuesdays and from Thursdays to Saturdays. The stage is visited by the top artists and bands in Finland. Age limit 22. The party package also comprises accommodation at Sokos Hotel Vantaa, breakfast, sauna, entrance fee to Restaurant Tulisuudelma, as well as late checkout at 1pm. Sokos Hotel Vantaa, Hertaksentie Vantaa, Tel (0) Reservations: Sokos Hotels Sales Service Tel (0) , Mon-Fri 8am-8pm EAT & ENJOY Flamingo Leisure Centre restaurants Tasetie 8, Vantaa. E.g. Food Court restaurant & buffet (health food) Tel (0) Santorini (Greek) Tel (0) , La Famiglia (Italian-American) Tel (0) , Ristorante Il Siciliano (Italian) Tel (0) , Amarillo (Tex-Mex) Tel (0) , Parilla Steak House Tel (0) , Tapas BarCelona (Spanish) Tel (0) , Rax Flamingo (buffet) Tel (0) , Hesburger (hamburgers) Tel (0) , Restaurant Café Einstein Lunch and snacks, catering for groups and company events. Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre Tiedepuisto 1, Vantaa Tel (0) Restaurant King s Salmon (Kuninkaan Lohet). Open only by booking. Old File Factory A restaurant in a scenic milieu for festivities, business meetings and conferences. Kuninkaantie 28, Vantaa King Mansion An idyllic milieu for meetings and training sessions, also for wedding receptions. Voudintie 1, Vantaa Sales department Tel (0) Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Airport hotels Vantaa - a modern and innovative city with a hint of historical twist. Vantaa is a home to a busy international airport, close to the throbbing life of Helsinki. Moving around here in Vantaa is easy both by train and by bus. In Vantaa the whole family can enjoy the world-famous exhibitions of Finnish Science Centre Heureka, the wide-and-varied provision of Flamingo Leisure World, as well as the city s historical sights and museums. The peace and nature and the excellent recreation possibilities, including first-class accommodation services, guarantee each and every traveller a wonderful experience. Sakari Manninen Pertti Raami Tikkurila Citizen s Office / Vantaa City Tourist Information Ratatie 7, FI Vantaa Tel (0) Fax +358 (0) TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Exhibitions, planetarium films and events at Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre, Frutas Tropicales, a festival of Latin American light music, in March, Tanssin viikot, a two week dance festival, in April. BRQ Vantaa Festival, 3-11 August, Tikkurila Country Market, 4-5 October, Helsinki & Southern Finland 7

8 LAKE TUUSULA Culture on the Shores of Lake Tuusula Eero Järnefelt, The Bloom of Summer, Järvenpää Art Museum Halosenniemi Lake Tuusula area, just north of Helsinki, has played a significant role in Finland s cultural history. A unique artistic community developed on the shores of Lake Tuusula towards the end of the 19th century. The community included famous names such as composer Jean Sibelius, painters Pekka Halonen and Eero Järnefelt. The area is easily reached by train, bus or car. Ainola The home of Jean Sibelius, where visitors can still experience the silence that the composer considered indispensable for his work. Café and a shop. Ainolantie, Järvenpää Tel (0) , Open: 2 May 28 Sep Tue Sun 10am 5pm Alvar Aalto s Villa Kokkonen Villa Kokkonen - the music box - was designed in 1967 by architect Alvar Aalto for composer Joonas Kokkonen. Nowadays Villa Kokkonen is an international attraction: concerts, guided tours, design shop, log sauna and a café. Tuulimyllyntie 5, Järvenpää Tel , Open: All year round by reservation Ahola Home of the author Juhani Aho and his wife, the painter Venny Soldan-Brofeldt. Sibeliuksenväylä 57, Järvenpää Tel , Open: 2 May 28 Sep: Tue Sun 11am-6pm. Other times by request. Järvenpää Art Museum The museum presents works by Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, as well as temporary exhibitions. Kirjastokatu 8, Järvenpää Tel (0) Open: All year round Halosenniemi The National Romantic-style log studio of the painter Pekka Halonen is today an art museum. The exhibitions feature the works of Halonen and other painters. The museum houses a café and a shop. Rantatie, Tuusula Tel (0) , Open: 1 May 31 Aug: Tue Sun 11am 6pm, 1 Sep 30 Apr: Tue 12noon 5pm Kasarmi Art Centre The art museum is located in former Russian barracks building dating back to The museum displays special exhibitions from the collection of Aune Laaksonen Art Foundation which are supplemented with exhibitions of guest artists. Jääkärinpolku 2, Tuusula Tel (0) Open: 1 May 31 Aug: Tue Sun 11am 6pm, 1 Sep 30 Apr: Wed Sun 12noon 5pm Erkkola The poet J. H. Erkko s house Erkkola was built in 1902 on the Tuusula Lake Road. Today, varied events such as clubevenings, concerts, lectures and art exhibitions are held in Erkkola. Rantatie 25, Tuusula Tel (0) , Open: 1 May 31 Aug: Tue Sun 11am 6pm, 1 Sep 30 Apr: Wed Sun 12noon 5pm Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage The cottage where the Finnish national writer Aleksis Kivi spent the last months of his life is now a significant national monument. Rantatie, Tuusula Tel (0) , Open: 2 May 31 Aug: Tue Sun 11am 6pm, 1 Sep 10 Oct: Sat Sun 12noon 5pm Anti-Aircraft Museum The Anti-Aircraft Museum brings together the past, present and future of anti-aircraft technology. Klaavolantie 2, Tuusula Tel (0) Open: 1 May 28 Sep: Tue Sun 11am 5pm, 1 Okt 30 Apr: Wed Sun 11am 5pm, closed Jan Lotta Museum The Lotta Museum focuses on the role of women in the history of Finland. Café. Rantatie 39, Tuusula Tel (0) Open: 1 May 30 Sep: Tue, Thu Sun 11am 6pm, Wed 11am 7pm, 1 Oct 30 Apr: Wed 11am 7pm, Thu Sun 11am 5pm In addition to cultural sights, events and exhibitions, the area offers accommodation, a number of other businesses providing tourist and cultural services and factory outlets. EAT & ENJOY Hotel Gustavelund Kirkkotie 36, Tuusula Tel (0) , Scandic Järvenpää Asema-aukio, Järvenpää Tel (0) Krapi Rantatie 2, Tuusula Tel (0) , Onnela Inn Rantatie 34, Tuusula Tel (0) , Vanhankylän Kartano Stålhanentie 4, Järvenpää Tel (0) Härmän Rati Inn Vähäjärventie 1a, Järvenpää Tel (0) , Järvenpää Tourist Information Hallintokatu 4 FI Järvenpää Tel (0) Tuusula Culture Information Kasarmi Art Centre Jääkärinpolku 2, FI Tuusula Tel (0) , TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Tuusula Brass 14 June, Kallio-Kuninkala Chamber Music Festival June, Lakeside Blues Festival in Järvenpää June, Our Festival 27 July 2 August, The Night of the Arts in Tuusula 8 August, 8 Helsinki & Southern Finland

9 VIHTI Sports, recreation and adventure in the mesmerizing nature of Vihti Come and enjoy our many museums, art exhibitions, handcrafts and the quality plays of Vihti Theatre. Vihti Summer Theatre is located in a beautiful spot on Lake Kirkkojärvi, in Vihti Church Village. In August, Vihtians gather in the Church Village to celebrate the anniversary of Vihti in the Wuosisatamarkkinat Century Market and Perttu s Day Feast. Come and join the festivities! VIHTI MUSEUMS in Church Village, Tel (0) , Little Parsonage. Two basic exhibitions: the turn-of-the century home of a Vihti peasant and years of Vihti s history. Kirkkoniementie 1 Karelian Evacuees Museum and seasonal exhibitions in the Old Elementary School of Niuhala Kirkkoniementie 4 Granary Museum, 19th century farm equipment and utensils. Open by appointment during summer. Vihti Church, dating from 1772, named after King Gustavus III of Sweden. Open in summer Sun Fri 9am 6pm The separate church museum can be visited on request. Tel (0) / parish office St. Birgitta s Church ruins, medieval church ruins from 16th century, in use until end of 18th century, Vihti C.V. Galleria Pictor, housed in a functional style building, offers high-standard art from Finland and abroad. Karhumäenpolku 5, Nummela, Tel (0) The many outdoor recreation areas and tracks offer recreational, sportive and adventurous experiences. They make Vihti the destination for golfing, skiing, cross-country skiing, Nordic skating, swimming, paddling, riding a bike and hiking. You can also go on a snowmobile safari, horseback riding or even try gliding at Nummela airfield. You can admire the spectacular National Romantic view over Lake Hiidenvesi at Kokkokallio Hill, explore caves at Rokokallio Hill or wonder at the devil s churn, dating back to ice age, at Konianvuori Hill. The whole family can enjoy a nature trail at Pääkslahti, Lake Vanjärvi birdlife sanctuary or wildfood by the campfire. Vihti tourist guides and entrepreneurs are ready to make you visit unforgettable! Activities Funtime, activities, Hennola Domestic Animal Farm, Ojakkala, Hillside Golf & Country Club, Jokikunta, Huippulady, activities, Icelandic horse stable Ofeigur, Liikuntasampo, recreational and sport center, Sellkami Center, safaris and meetings, Vihti Karting, sports car activities, Vihti Golf Center, Ojakkala, Vihti Ski Center, Ojakkala, Vihti Miniland, Vihti Church Village, Nuuksio National Park Most of the quiet wilderness of Nuuksio National Park is situated in Vihti. Nuuksio offers endless recreational opportunities., Hawkhill Nature, cottages and activities, Magic of Nuuksio cottages and activities, Vihdin Ratsutalli -stables, Kaikuva, hostel, camping and activities, EAT & ENJOY Accommodation Selli, Vihti Church Village, Air Hotel, Nummela, Enä-Seppä, camping and educational center, Cafe HillaMiina, Nummela and Vihti Church Village, Café Il Punto, Nummela, Tel (0) Cafe Tuusan Tupa, Nummela, Tel (0) Cafe Muffinssi, Nummela, Tel. +358(0) Cafe Balanssi, Vihti Church Village, Globe Hope, ecological design out of recycled materials, Kahari log cabins, Katin Sisustusnavetta, secondhand shop, flea market, Päivölän Virkistyskoti, Nummela, Palojärven Rustholli, meetings, Restaurant Cantina Antonio,Nummela, Tel (0) Restaurant Hiltsun Kamari, Vihti Church Village, Restaurant Ned Kelly s, Nummela, Restaurant San Pietro, Nummela, Vihdin Kellari, meetings, sauna, Vihti Church Village, Vihdin Pirtti on the Lake Moksijärvi, banquet room, sauna on the lake, meetings, accommodation, Vihti Soppi, artisan products, Vihti Church Village, Tel (0) Virta-gallery, artisan products, Vihti Church Village, Vihti is the perfect destination for lovers of nature and outdoor activities. Vihti is often called a Miniature Finland. The many faces of our nature can be found in the National Romantic cultural landscapes dotted with manor houses, the swaying fields of the countryside or the quiet wilderness with rocks, rapids and hundreds of lakes as in Nuuksio National Park. Vihti is close to Helsinki and is easily reached by bus and by car. Vihti municipality Tel (0) , Vihti Tourist Information Tel (0) TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Midsummer celebration 20 June, Vihti Church Village, Wuosisatamarkkinat Century Market and Perttu s Day Feast, August, Vihti Church Village, Päivölä Literature Days and Päivölä Poetry Reading Days in August, Nummela, Hillside Golf & Country Club,, Vihti Golf Center, VihtiExpo winter sports events, Vihti Ski Center, Ojakkala, Helsinki & Southern Finland 9

10 Lohja At the Roots of Finnish Culture Lohja is a small town in the midst of unspoilt, true Finnish Nature, only a half hour drive from Helsinki. Be inspired by the same landscape that inspired the creator of the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala. Visit the unusual Tytyri Mine Museum. Find greens for golfing, tracks to explore our forests and lakes for fishing or take part in events organised by local warm-hearted people. Tytyri Mine Museum The Tytyri Mine Museum is underground in a real limestone mine. Visitors get to experience the genuine feeling of mines as they explore the cool and damp mine galleries. Seeing the 100 metre wide and 100 metre deep mine gives a good picture of the huge scale of a limestone mine. Opening hours: For groups, on request all year round; for individuals, May-September. Address: Tytyrinkatu 2, Lohja. Tel (0) The Roots of Finnish Culture The abundance of historic places and museums bring the roots of Finnish culture to life in Lohja. Did you know that the Finnish mining industry started from Ojamon manor in Lohja? Or that the Paikkari Cottage in Lohja is the birth and childhood home of Elias Lönnrot, the creator of the Finnish national epic The Kalevala? You can also visit the war museum dedicated to Finland s role in World War II, or learn about the life and people of Lohja in the Lohja Museum. Tel (0) The Ciderberg Apple Vineyard & Lohjansaari Island You can see thousands of blossoming apple trees in May, and colourful apple trees in autumn when baskets can be filled with the delicious fresh apples. You are also welcome at the Ciderberg estate wine shop. Ask for guided tours to the island and experience scrumptious and fruity atmosphere. Tel (0) Church of St. Lawrence Lohja church is the third largest medieval stone church in Finland. The rich al-secco style paintings of the Lohja church have a unique status as the last medieval art creations of Finland. Tel (0) Vivamo, Bible Village The Vivamo Bible Village is an activity theme park where a fresh approach makes eternal stories come alive. The program is suitable for all ages. The Village is open in the summer from May until August. Vivamontie 2, Lohja, Tel Fishing and the largest lake in Southern Finland Lohja lake offers many enjoyable moments on the water. The whole family can experience the unique atmosphere of Lake Lohja, its serenity, lush islands and shores with broad-leaved trees, by rowing or canoeing. On Lake Lohja, you will find open lake scenery and well-kept fishing waters. Pikeperch is the most common fish in the water but pike and trout can also be found. The biggest pikeperch from Lake Lohja are over 12 kg. Tel (0) The feel of Finnish forests, on Karnaistenkorpi nature trail In Karnaistenkorpi it s easy to enjoy the silence and feel the tranquillity of Finnish nature. Here in the woodlands you can find quietly flowing forest streams and two beautiful forest ponds. If you like you can also go berry or mushroom picking. The Karnaistenkorpi trail is easy to walk as many parts of it are covered by a boardwalk. The restaurant, hotel and activities of Kisakallio Sports Institute are close by. Tel (0) Sport and leisure activities It is hard to think of a sport you wouldn t be able to experience in Lohja. Those with a preference for water sports swim and paddle in the summer, and in the winter they go for a long distance skating on a lake. The adrenaline junkies play laser tag in the woods, go ice surfing across lakes or diving in the underwater caves at Ojamo mine. But whether you prefer energetic or relaxing experiences, you can find them in Lohja. Tel (0) EAT & ENJOY Cafe Lauri Suurlohjankatu 16, Lohja, Tel , Hotel Lohja Laurinkatu 34, Lohja, Tel (0) Hotel Koivulan Kartano Karnaistentie 261, Lohja, Tel Tuulentupa handicraft shop Laurinkatu 6, Lohja, Tel , Oliver s Restaurant Kauppakatu 5-9, Lohja, Tel Restaurant Juhlatalo Kokki (on Sundays) Pusulantie 1027, Ikkala, Tel , 10 Helsinki & Southern Finland Lohja City Tourist Information Hossanmäentie 1, Lohja Tel +358 (0) Follow us on Twitter and Instagram #visitlohja TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Sampo festival in Sammatti 29 June, Beach Festival Rantajamit July, Tenor Festival 2 24 August, Apple Festival 20 September, Old Times Christmas Fair December,

11 hanko Small town romance, sea side charm and culture The Southernmost Tip of Finland Visit the southernmost point of Finland! The Uddskatan nature reserve is located on the southernmost tip of continental Finland and is well worth a visit. The Spa Park The beautiful old wooden villas in the Spa Park were built at the end of 1800 s. The villas, designed by wellknown architects, represent a decorative wooden architecture. Some of the buildings still serve as guest houses and restaurants. The spa building was damaged during the Continuation War and was not rebuilt. Emigration memories During the years , nearly 250,000 Finns and Russians emigrated to America, Canada or Australia via Hanko. War memories The cape of Hanko was rented to the Soviet Union as a naval base under the peace treaty of Moscow (1940), which ended the Winter War. The Soviet Union brought a garrison of 30,000 men to Hanko. There are still ruins of fortifications in the centre of the town. Nature Nature in Hanko is incredibly varied. The landscape is characterized by magnificent cliffs and unspoilt stretches of fine white sand. Hanko has 130 km of coastline, of which 30 km are sandy beaches! Lighthouses Bengtskär, the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic countries. Russarö, also called the eye of Hanko, decorates the coat of arms of Hanko, which is one of the most beautiful ones in Finland. Gustafsvärn is a small island located 3 km south-west of Hanko. Cruises available at summer from Hanko Eastern Harbour, and by prior arrangement. The Path of Love Nature path at the city centre, with a fantastic view over the sea and the town. There is also a big devil s churn on the rocks. Museums & galleries This aesthetic environment feeds creativity. Visit the galleries, museums and exhibitions or meet with the artists in their ateliers. The Water Tower The tower stands 65 m above sea level, and there is a fantastic view in all directions over the cape of Hanko and the Baltic Sea. Outdoors Hanko is a dream destination for everybody who loves outdoors sports. Kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, tennis, golf and beach volleyball on the sandy beach- Hanko offers you everything you can wish for! EAT & ENJOY Restaurants Living almost like on an island, surrounded by the sea, plays a major role on the tempting menus. Every season has its special delicacies. In hardly any other small town is there such a versatile selection of restaurants as in Hanko! Summer evenings are perfect for romantic moments sipping champagne on a seaside terrace, hand in hand. In fact, Hanko is a popular place for weddings, and many couples celebrate their wedding anniversary here year after year. This endearingly tender atmosphere is not found elsewhere Accommodation Would you like to stay in an old villa? The rooms are charming in a modest way. Many villas have operated as boarding houses over 100 years. Or maybe your choice is to experience a truly unique hotel designed in Jugendstil by the finnish architect Lars Sonck in 1898 and opened in 2012 after total renovation? You can also rent a house, make yourself at home! We have Finland s broadest range of private accommodation to rent. Please visit for more information! In the old days, the phrase the sweet life in Hanko was used to describe the blissful idleness, luxury, and the long and merry parties in the town. Hanko is still the ideal holiday destination for people who love life! Finland s southernmost city is less than 2 hours from Helsinki. Hanko Tourist Office Raatihuoneentori 5 FI Hanko Tel (0) TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Hanko Regatta, over 100 years of sailing races! 4-6 July, Hanko Music Festival, fine classical musicians and rising talents, July Sea Horse Week, Popular show jumping competition, July, Hanko Sea Kayak Gathering, international meeting for kayakers, August, Hanko Days and the Night of Bonfires Traditional celebration in the archipelago, August, Helsinki & Southern Finland 11

12 Raseborg with love Raseborg is a town with old ironworks villages of Fiskars and Billnäs, the unique Svartå Manor with its historical English-style park, and the charming Old Town of Tammisaari; and along the coast there is a splendid archipelago compromising a myriad of islands. Raseborg is situated halfway between Helsinki and Turku perfectly close for an experience you won t forget. Tammisaari (Ekenäs in Swedish) is a cosy coastal town with a picturesque Old Town that oozes an original atmosphere. The Old Town offers insight into the history of Finnish towns, as well as examples of building practices in past centuries. Architecture buffs will also want to see two buildings by Alvar Aalto, both from the 1960s: a bank building and imposing Villa Skeppet, designed for his friend, the writer, photographer and sailor Göran Schildt. The Tammisaari archipelago is the land of thousands of islands and islets. The historical and carefully preserved ironworks in Fiskars, Svartå and Billnäs are interesting sights to see. The Fiskars ironworks is internationally recognised as a hub of design and arts. Over 120 artisans, designers and artists living and working in the village provide a unique atmosphere for the Village. Traditional craftsmanship and modern art live here side-by-side. The Svartå Manor is one of the most remarkable manor houses in Finland. Billnäs is a quaint village with modern conference facilities. The ruins of the medieval Raseborg Castle in the village of Snappertuna are a grand sight that distinguishes the entire region. Raseborg boasts three golf courses, waters abounding with fish, boat trips to the lovely archipelago, forests where you can pick wild berries and mushrooms, as well as organic farm shops. In addition, there are various events throughout the year. Pick the area that appeals to you most or explore them all. Tammisaari, Svartå and the ironwork villages of Fiskars and Billnäs are located close to each other, making them convenient destinations for day trips even by bike. Fiskars Village Centre for excellent contemporary art and design. In Fiskars Village you ll find top designers products, various exhibitions, high quality conference, hotel and restaurant services, shops and workshops all year round. FiskarsInfo, FI Fiskars Tel (0) Svartå Manor One of the most valuable historic manors in Finland. The stories of the royals and ghosts who visited the manor in the old days are truly fascinating. Museum, restaurant, hotel and conference facilities, open-air theatre, exhibitions and events. Hållsnäsintie 89, FI Mustio Tel (0) Billnäs Village The former ironworks has been transformed into a conference centre settled in the middle of Finnish cultural landscape. Ruukintie 8, FI Billnäs Tel (0) Tammisaari Museum Centre EKTA Permanent exhibitions about history of Tammisaari and the region and the famous painter Helene Schjerfbeck. Tel (0) Kustaa Vaasan katu 11, FI Tammisaari Raseborg Castle ruins The castle of Raseborg was founded in Midsummer festivities, oldtime markets, concerts and theatrical performances are organized at the ruins during the summer. Raaseporin linnantie, Snappertuna Tel (0) Ekenäs Visitor Centre An interactive exhibition A Sea of Change that chronicles the changes in the nature and culture of the archipelago. Suitable for the whole family! Rantapuistikko, Tammisaari Tel (0) EAT&ENJOY Go for a culinary adventure in the region! Whatever season you choose to visit our part you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality, locally-produced foods. A number of organic farmers can be found in the region and they are worth a visit if you are interested in buying the highest quality produce at reasonable prices from the farm shop: products on offer include various meats, grains and vegetables according to season and availability. You can find wonderful local produce at some of the supermarkets and in the Wednesday and Saturday open-air markets, or you can simply stroll to one of our restaurants and see what local items are on the menu. Be sure to taste the traditional Raseborg- Menu in one of our restaurants. You can enjoy RaseborgMenu in three different restaurants: Fiskars Wärdshus in Fiskars Village, Svartå Manor s Slottskrogen and in Restaurant Rådhuset in Tammisaari. 12 Helsinki & Southern Finland Raseborg Tourist Office Raatihuoneentori FI Tammisaari Tel (0) TOP EVENTS IN 2014 Helene Schjerfbeck permanent exhibition about the famous Finnish painter, Tammisaari Museum Centre EKTA Antique happenings in Fiskars and Billnäs July Middle Age themed festivities and market at Raseborg Castle ruins July Tammisaari Summer Concerts 31 July 3 August, Finnish Chamber Orchestra, conductor J-P Saraste Christmas in Fiskars Village warm atmosphere, delicious food and many things to see and do

13 PORVOO City of Charming Moments Art Factory, Culture and Conference Center Exhibitions, cinema, cafés, restaurants, concerts and tourist information Läntinen Aleksanterinkatu 1 Tel Porvoo Cathedral Kirkkotori 1, Old Porvoo Tel Open: 1 May 30 Sep: Mon Fri 10am 6pm, Sat 10am 2pm, Sun 2pm 5pm; 1 Oct 30 Apr: Tue Sat 10am 2pm, Sun 2pm 4pm Home of J. L. Runeberg Home museum of the Finnish national poet. Aleksanterinkatu 3, centre Tel Open: 2 May 30 Sep: Mon-Sun 10am 4pm; 1 Oct 30 Apr: Wed-Sun 10am 4pm Porvoo Museum / Old Town Hall & Holm House Presents the history of Porvoo with exhibitions of arts and crafts. Raatihuoneentori Square, Old Porvoo Tel Open: 2 May-31 Aug: Mon-Sat 10am 4pm, Sun 11am 4pm; 1 Sep 30 Apr: Wed-Sun noon 4pm Noark Miniature World Sanismäentie 2, Ilola Tel Old Porvoo Boutiques, galleries, cafes and accommodation, see: Cruise with m/s J.L. Runeberg Cruise from Helsinki to Porvoo. Departure from Helsinki s Market Square at 10am, arrival in Helsinki at 7:25pm. 10 May 6 Sep Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat, 7 28 Jul also Mon, 1 Jun 24 Aug also Sun m/s J.L. Runeberg, tel Cruise with m/s RoyalCat Cruise from Helsinki to Porvoo. Departure from Helsinki s Market Square at 10:05am, arrival in Helsinki at 7:10pm. 24 Jun 16 Aug Tue, Wed and Sat Royal Line, Tel River cruise Departure from Porvoo Harbour every hour between 11am 4pm. 17 Jun 17 Aug Tue Sun 10 /adult, 5 /child (6 14y) Saaristolinja Ky, tel Guided walking tours in Old Porvoo Departure from Raatihuoneentori Square in the Old Town. on Saturdays at 2 pm, 28 Jun 30 Aug (except 19 Jul). Language: English Bicycle Rent RentBike Finland Jokikatu 35b (May-Aug) Sauna Experience the Finnish Sauna and indoor swimming pool and slides. Mon-Fri 6.15am-9pm, Sat-Sun at 10.30am-6pm (check summer schedules) Linnankoskenkatu 2-6 EAT & ENJOY Gabriel 1763 Bar & Restaurant Jokikatu 20, Old Porvoo Tel Restaurant El Alba Kirkkokatu 4, Old Porvoo Tel Restaurant Timbaali Välikatu 8, Old Porvoo Tel SicaPelle Wining & Dining Kirkkotori 3, Old Porvoo Tel Bistro Sinne Kokonniementie 6, Art Factory Tel Hotel Haikko Manor Haikkoontie 114, by the sea Tel Hotel Pariisin Ville Jokikatu 43, Old Porvoo Tel Seurahovi Hotel and Restaurant Rauhankatu 27, city centre Tel Bed & Breakfast Ida-Maria Välikatu 10 A, Old Porvoo tel For more inspiration, travel blogs and for groups see Porvoo is a charming historical town that features riverside granaries, narrow alleyways, small boutiques, highquality restaurants and atmospheric cafes. Porvoo can be reached from Helsinki in an hour by car or by bus or by sailing through the archipelago on ferries leaving from the Helsinki Market Square. Make an unforgettable romantic tour to Porvoo. Porvoo City Tourist Information Läntinen Aleksanterinkatu 1, Art Factory FI Porvoo Tel TOP EVENTS IN 2014 Avanti! Summer Sounds concert, June Tove Jansson Tove100 Anniversary exhibitions and Literature Seminar, July-September Shopping Night in Old Porvoo, 29 August Porvoo Jazz Festival September Porvoo Christmas Market December Helsinki & Southern Finland 13

14 LOVIISA Small town, great experiences! Johanna Holvikallio Loviisa is an idyllic seaside town, some 87 km east of Helsinki, one hour by car. The town is characterised by its sea landscapes, historical wooden buildings and beautiful countryside. The town has a centre from the 19th century and an Old Town that dates back to the 18th century. The town is also known for its 18th century fortifications and 17th century ironworks. Laivasilta Marina Area features a row of old salt sheds that today house restaurant-cafés, shops and exhibitions. The Maritime Museum presents the long history of seafaring in Loviisa. Laivasilta is the home harbour of the sailing-ship Österstjernan and the departure point for cruises to Svartholma Sea Fortress. The services are available in summer. Svartholma Sea Fortress (1748) is situated on an island in Loviisanlahti bay some 10 km from the town centre. In summer, there are cruises to the island, children s adventures, guided walking tours and an exhibition called Svartholma Island of soldiers, prisoners and visitors. There is also a summer restaurant and free berths for boats. Strömfors Iron Works lies some 17 km east of the centre of Loviisa. The Iron Works area hosts craftsmen and other service entrepreneurs. In summer there are guided tours, forging demonstrations using a waterhammer, a church, a museum and exhibitions. There are restaurants, cafés and accommodation possibilities available all year. Loviisa Town Museum is located in the 18th century Commandant s House in the centre of Loviisa. In front of the museum there is a garden, which presents typical decorative and utility plants from the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information Rönnäs lies some 30 km west of the centre of Loviisa. The Rönnäs Archipelago Museum presents the history of the archipelago of Loviisa. It is open from 1 June to 17 August daily. Nearby is also a golf course, a restaurant, a café and cottages for rent. Malmgård Manor lies about 25 km west of the centre of Loviisa. There is a manor shop selling organic products produced at the estate and you can visit the manor house and the brewery. The Bonga Castle an atelier-museum of Riitta Nelimarkka. Over 200 works are on display, the items range from colourful textiles to oil paintings and drawings. The gallery is open during events and for groups, bookings Cruises aboard m/s J.L. Runeberg from Helsinki to Loviisa will be offered on Thursdays in July. The cruises depart from Helsinki Market Square at 10 a.m. Cruises aboard M.aux Österstjernan a replica of a packet yacht, which sailed between Loviisa and Stockholm in the 19th century. Ehrensvärd s Trail is a two-kilometre nature path in the centre of Loviisa. Discover the history of fortress building, the architectural heritage, vegetation and bird population in the area. The path is named after Colonel Augustin Ehrensvärd who designed the fortifications in Loviisa, Svartholma and Suomenlinna. Eija s Garden includes English style gardens around a garden shop. Eija s Garden is located in the village of Ahvenkoski some 14 km east of the centre of Loviisa. EAT & ENJOY Bakery-Café Vaherkylä-Ek Aleksanterinkatu 2 tel (0) Bistro Cantor & Ölvin Beer & Wine House Mariankatu 1 tel (0) Hotel-Restaurant Degerby Brandensteininkatu 17 Restaurant Degerby Gille Open for groups upon agreement. Sepänkuja 4 tel (0) Café-Restaurant Saltbodan Laivasilta 4 tel (0) Open in summer. Café Tuhannen Tuskan Kahvila Poikkikuja tel (0) Restaurant Ruukinmylly & Holiday Stars Ruukintie 15, Strömfors Iron Works tel (0) Sales Porvoo Tours Loviisa Tours Guided tours and group tour programmes upon agreement. Tel (0) Loviisa Tourist Information Karlskronabulevardi 8 FI Loviisa tel (0) TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Rootsinpyhtää Bluegrass & Rendezvous 2014, 6 8 June Fascination of Roses a rosy weekend, 5 6 July Ancient Loviisa Market at Bastion Ungern, July Historical Houses of Loviisa Traditional Finnish Building and Renovation Days, August The Loviisa Sibelius Festival, 4 6 September 14 Helsinki & Southern Finland

15 KOUVOLA Fascinating Kouvola Lassi Kujala In the World Heritage Site Verla you will step straight into the end of the 19th century. A verdant garden, architectonically valuable buildings and an old cardboard factory with its original equipments have been preserved unbelievably perfectly in their original state. The Moisio Art and Catering Manor has a year round art exhibition. The works of Finland s leading contemporary artists can be seen in the empire style enviroment. The old museum and handicraft quarter in the Kaunisnurmi has been preserved as a memory of Kouvola s railroad history. Most of the houses were built in the beginning of the 20th century as dwellings for engine drivers. Now the beautifully renovated houses serve as workshops for artisans and as shops and museums which display the history. The Model Railroad Museum has railway-engines that run lying on their backs with the true sounds of whistling. At the museum visitors can serve as a locomotive driver of a miniatyre model and learn about the history of railroad. Repovesi National Park The magnificent scenery of Repovesi comprises extensive, uninhabited forests, awe-inspiring rock precipices and dozens of crystal-clear lakes and ponds. The suspension footbridge across the Lapinsalmi Strait, hanging 10 metres above the water, provides a unique experience for visitors. Repovesi has long been a popular destination for hikers. The park was elected as the Family Trip Destination of the year At the Finnish Golden Route you can experience scheduled tours of the water bus at the Repovesi lake area with history, stories and accordion music. Worth a visit is also the most famous natural sight in Iitti, Hiidenvuori. It is a popular hiking area and a lookout point, and it is the place where the concluding concert of the Iitti Music Festival is held. Mustila Arboretum The Mustila Arboretum is the most significant botanical garden in North Europe. The rhododendron valley comes to life in June with hundreds of shrubs blossoming in a wonderful array of colours. On the grounds of the arboretum there is also the Mustilan Viini winery bar and shop as well as a plant nursery. Tykkimäki The most relaxed amusement park in Finland is a versatile amusement centre for the whole family. The park has more than 40 games and rides among which everyone can find a favourite one e.g. the wild Atreenalin Adventure Park. New for the summer 2014 is Aquapark! For the golfers there are plenty of possibilities like a demanding 18-hole Koski Golf course to international standards, situated near the banks of Kymi River. The new Niskaportti course in Iitti Golf is also 18-hole course situated in Radansuu, Iitti. At the Lampila Golf green (9 ranges) in Jaala and Bogey Kouvola Golf Centre you can take the first steps in golf without membership fees. At the Lampila there is also 18-hole Pirate Adventure MiniGolf, which is fun for the whole family. Guided City Tours for groups: e.g. A Journey back into the past with a guide cast in a historical role. More information about guided City Tours, outdoor activities and hiking trips. EAT & ENJOY The eating possibilities in Kouvola guarantee tasty meal breaks and breathers for tourists. Versatile eating offerings enable everyone to find something. Whether you want something exotic or something fast you are sure to find a suitable eating place among the restaurants in Kouvola. For the lovers of wine and genuine local delicatesses we recommend to visit either Mustila vineyard s wine shop at the premises of Arboretum Mustila or Werla Winery s shop at the Verla Mill Museum area. Farm Markets Benjamin Farm Market Alppiruusu Farm Market Peaceful relaxing in the Repovesi National Park, joyride in the Tykkimäki Amusement Park, historical athmosphere in the idyllic mill village and World Heritage Site Verla. Sweet taste of vineyard s vines and visit to see Arboretum Mustila s enchanting forest garden. All that and much more you can experience during your holiday in Kouvola and neighbouring district Iitti. K. Hedenström Kouvola Innovation Ltd. Kouvola Tourist Office Kauppalankatu 5, FI Kouvola Tel (0) TOP EVENTS IN 2014 Repovesi Recreational Adventure Days, 7 9 March Kuulas Children s International Theatre Festival, May Iitti Music Festival, June RX Finland FIA World Rallycross Championship, June Kymi GP International Trotting Race, 15 June Days of Magic international magicians performing, July Helsinki & Southern Finland 15

16 Southeast135 Kotka, Hamina, Miehikkälä, Pyhtää, Virolahti Southeast135 - The Coast of Good winds is an attractive seaside region and a beautiful natural environment on the shores of the Baltic Sea. An attractive seaside region with colourful history of the border region all less than a two hours journey from Helsinki and just a stone s throw from the Russian border. Maritime Centre Vellamo Museum centre presents the maritime history of Finland and the history of the Kymenlaakso region.changing exhibitions in Maritime Centre Vellamo: 14 Feb-18 May 2014: Tzar Alexander III and Finland 9 May Jan 2015: Medieval wrecks Tornatorintie 9, Kotka tel Open: Tue, Thu-Sun 11 18, Wed 11 20, Mon closed. Kotka Maretarium The world of Finnish fish in its full diversity. Sapokankatu 2, Kotka tel Open: Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 10-17, Wed 12-19, Jun 2 Aug 24 daily (except on 20 Jun 10-14) Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Summer residence built for the Russian Czar Alexander III, besides the Kymijoki river celebrates 125 year anniversary in Keisarinmajantie 118, Kotka tel (0) Open: May and Sep daily 10-16, Jun 1-Aug 31 daily (except closed on Midsummer Eve 20 Jun) Shopkeeper s Museum The museum with its old shop and the shopkeeper s residence presents Finno- Russian merchant traditions from the early 20th century. Kasarminkatu 6, Hamina Tel Open: summer Tue-Sun 10-16, winter Wed-Sat 12 16, Sun The star-shaped fortress and circular town plan of Hamina The unusual town plan of Hamina dates back from the 1720s. It is one of the few circular fortresses in the world, representing the Mediterranean ideal town shape of the Renaissance period. It s modelled after the town of Palmanova in Northern Italy. The circular town plan and the historically significant buildings have survived remarkably well. It is a unique entity that never fails to surprise and impress the visitor. Hamina Bastion Hamina Bastion used to be the central bastion of the fortress. Its outer walls enclose a total of 58 vaults and lookouts, which surround an arena of almost one hectare in size. During the summer, the Bastion is covered with the largest canopy in Europe and it audiences various kinds of events, e.g. Hamina Tattoo Festival. The Salpa Line is one of the strongest and best preserved bunker chains from the Second World War still in existence in Europe. Virolahti Bunker Museum Vaalimaantie 1318, Virolahti tel Open: 1 Jun 31 Aug daily 10am 6pm Salpa Line Museum Säästöpirtintie 70, Miehikkälä Open: in May and Sep Wed Sun 10am 6pm, Jun Aug daily 10am 6pm Hamina Tattoo Military Music Festival 29 Jul-2 Aug 2014 The International Hamina Tattoo is a military music festival which has already become a tradition. During the Tattoo week, the streets and parks of the town are filled with audiences which can enjoy the concerts, parade and fantastic march shows by the military bands. In 2014 there will be military bands performing from, for example, Finland, Russia, Germany and Norway. More information and programme: tickets: Sirius Sport Resort A completely new kind of recreational sports centre was opened 2013 in Southeastern Pyhtää. Come and realise Man s oldest dream of flight at Sirius enjoyably and safely. In addition to flying, Sirius also always has great waves for surfing, whether you are a beginner or an expert. See more Southeast135 offers more than 100 kilometres of coastline, thousands of cliffs and coves and a perfect sea offering special sites for hikers, anglers and bird-watchers, with countless alternatives, from shooting rapids at speed to gentle walks and tranquillity amidst fantastic scenery both in urban parks and in Valkmusa National Park in Pyhtää. Southeast135 / Kotka City Tourist Office Keskuskatu 6, FI Kotka tel (0) TOP EVENTS IN 2014 Kymijoen Lohisoitto Music Festival, Kotka 4 8 June, Gangut Regatta, Kotka July Kotka Maritime Festival, July, Nordic Cadet Meeting, Kotka, 7 10 August Archipelago Market and Tango Harvest Festival in Pyhtää August 16 Helsinki & Southern Finland

17 Southeast135 Kotka, Hamina, Miehikkälä, Pyhtää, Virolahti Part of the archipelago belongs to the Gulf of Finland National Park. In the summer, it is easy to visit many of the islands even if you do not have a boat of your own. There are scheduled boat services to many islands, e.g. Varissaari, Kaunissaari, Tammio and Ulko-Tammio, departing from Sapokka and Tervasaari harbours. Archipelago market in Pyhtää is an annual tradition in August. Arktika avian migration Arktika, as the north-bound massmigration of arctic birds is called in Finland, is a highlight for any bird and nature enthusiast. Most of the migration routes area cross the sea but at Virolahti in South-East Finland the flocks come on shore and consequently Virolahti is a well-known spot among European birdwatchers. River Kymijoki offers various activities on and by the river: rapids shooting and swimming and fishing. The River Kymijoki is the best salmon river in Southern Finland. Traditional fish markets are arranged annually in Kotka and Klamila, Virolahti. EAT & ENJOY Enjoy good food in cosy atmosphere of various restaurants in Southeast135 region and why not stay overnight in a five-star holiday resort by the sea. Restaurant Wanha Fiskari Ruotsinsalmenkatu 1, Kotka tel (0) Restaurant Keisarinsatama Metsontie 41, Kotka tel (0) Haminan Varuskuntakerho Restaurant Kadettikoulunkatu 3, Hamina Tel Bakery and Coffeehouse Huovila Fredrikinkatu 1, Hamina Tel Lunch Café Tervasaari Tervasaari, Hamina Tel Santalahti Holiday Resort***** Santalahdentie 150, Kotka tel (0) Sea Hotel Mäntyniemi Mäntyniementie 268, Pyhtää tel Restaurant Sirius Sport Resort Kotitie 10, Pyhtää tel Restaurant LaMajacca/ Haukkavuori Lookout tower Keskuskatu 51, Kotka tel Cafe and restaurant Kuusisen Kalamaja Juha Vainion katu 97, Kotka tel Harry s River Cafe Virojoentie 13, Virolahti tel Cafe Etuvartio/Salpa Line Museum Säästöpirtintie 70, Miehikkälä tel Summer Restaurant Kaunissaaren Maja Kaunissaari Island, Pyhtää tel , Summer Restaurant Fort Elisabeth Varissaari Island, Kotka tel Southeast135 is a region with the River Kymijoki and its rapids, wonderful urban parks, outstanding cultural events and sights and dazzling history of the border region - all less than a two hours journey from Helsinki and just a stone s throw from the Russian border. Southeast135 / Hamina Tourist Service Raatihuoneentori 16, FI HAMINA tel (0) TOP EVENTS IN 2014 Arktika avian migration event, Virolahti, May Kymenlaakso Folk Art and Music Festival, Miehikkälä, 30 June 6 July Hamina Tattoo, 29 July 2 August Night of Lights culture festival, Hamina, 19 September Christmas at the Old Arches, Hamina Bastion December Helsinki & Southern Finland 17

18 HÄMEENLINNA The Birthtown of Jean Sibelius Birthplace of Sibelius Inland cruises Häme Castle Welcome to Hämeenlinna! The city of Hämeenlinna was founded in 1639 so Hämeenlinna will be celebrated in Located only one hour s train ride from Helsinki, Hämeenlinna offers many interesting things to see and do. Here are some suggestions for places to go in the city; choose your favourites or visit them all! P.S. Did you know that the great master composer Jean Sibelius was born in Hämeenlinna in 1865? Birthplace of Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius s childhood home is beautiful Empire-style house with amazing artifacts illustrating the composer s youth. Take a moment in the parlour, letting yourself be carried away by the works of Finland`s foremost composer. Sibelius will be celebrated in 2015, 150 years after the birth of the composer. The Castle peninsula Learn about history on the castle peninsula. A handy combination ticket gives entry to all museums in the area. The thirteenth-century Medieval castle is the main tourist destination of the whole city. Guided tours in English start on the hour daily in summer. Right next to the Castle is the interesting Prison Museum, which actually served as a prison until Museo Militaria The museum of Artillery, engineer and signals museum of Finland presents an interesting collection of old militaria, pictures and multimedia presentations. Sensing culture at Verkatehdas Make sure you spend time at this unique cultural complex. Verkatehdas is an old red-brick factory, which used to house a textile mill. It now provides a home, among others, to the City Theatre, a movie theatre, restaurants, a gift shop, a gallery and the ARX Art Centre for children and Young people. The Hämeenlinna Art Museum can also be found in the Verkatehdas precinct, and houses a significant permanent collection of Finnish art, as well as changing exhibitions. Experiences at Aulanko Aulanko is a wellness, experience and active holiday centre located just five kilometres from the city centre. Spending time in the wooded parklands, admiring the views from the lookout tower, pampering yourself at the spa, playing games and having riding lessons are just some of the many things to do. There are also several options for dining and accommodation. Shopping experiences in Iittala Iittala Glass Center is located 20 kilometres north of Hämeenlinna. It is without doubt the number one destination for shoppers, offering a large selection of Finnish design products, with small craft boutiques and the factory outlets of Iittala Glass Factory and the Kultasuklaa chocolate factory. In summer, visitors can view glass-blowers at work at the factory and learn about the history of glass-making at the Glass Museum. A small part of the Arctic north can be found just three kilometres from the Glass Center: visit the Iittala Reindeer Park to see live reindeer and hear stories from the north. Recommended visit Get to know the city from the water on a cruise on the beautiful Lake Vanajavesi. Cruises are available from Wednesday to Saturday between 4 June and 9 August Cruise tickets from the Tourist Information office or straight from the boat. CONTACTS Birthplace of Jean Sibelius Hallituskatu 11, FI Hämeenlinna +358 (0) Aulanko area FI Hämeenlinna Häme Castle Kustaa III:n katu 6, FI Hämeenlinna +358 (0) Hämeenlinna Art Museum Viipurintie 2, FI Hämeenlinna +358 (0) Iittala Glass Center Könnölänmäentie 2, FI Iittala Iittala Reindeer Park Kankaistentie 155, FI Iittala (0) Inland cruises / Finnish Silverline +358 (0) Museo Militaria Vanhankaupunginkatu 19, FI Hämeenlinna +358 (0) Prison Museum Kustaa III:n katu 8, FI Hämeenlinna +358 (0) Verkatehdas Paasikiventie 2, FI Hämeenlinna +358 (0) Birthplace of Sibelius Hämeenlinna city brochure and map available at tourist information office free of charge. Hämeenlinna Tourist Information Keinusaarentie 6 FI Hämeenlinna Tel (0) TOP 5 EVENTS IN 2014 Tomaatteja!Tomaatteja! Stand up Festival, Naïvists in Iittala exhibition, Wanaja Festival, rock-festival, Hippalot, Arts Festival for Children, Häme Mediaeval Fair, the second biggest medieval fair in Finland, Helsinki & Southern Finland

19 Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg Tallinn Tourist & Convention Bureau/Norman Orro Stockholm Media Bank / Nicho Södling Take advantage of the daily ferry connections from Helsinki to Estonia, Sweden and Germany. There is also a regularly scheduled service to Russia and Poland. Ask your tour operator or enquire from Helsinki Expert s sales point located inside Tourist Information. There are regular train connections from Helsinki to all major towns in Finland, as well as to Lapland. In addition, several trains depart from Helsinki daily for Russia: one to Moscow and two to St. Petersburg. Medieval Tallinn An all-inclusive day trip to Tallinn, Estonia s beautiful Hanseatic capital. Tallinn represents 700 years of uninterrupted architectural history. The private city tour by car and on foot will show the most important sights, and a lunch is served in a restaurant in the Old Town. Supplier and booking for example: Helsinki Expert Cruise to Stockholm Combine two Nordic capitals Helsinki and Stockholm by cruising the world s largest archipelago, between Finland and Sweden. The luxury cruise liners offer high quality cabins, several restaurants and bars, nightclubs with live entertainment, discos, casinos, shops etc. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden built on 14 islands, is a vibrant, modern city with historic charm. Supplier and booking for example: Helsinki Expert Train to St. Petersburg Majestic palaces, extravagant mansions and richly decorated cathedrals, create a regal am-bience all around St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities on the globe. Thanks to the new and fast Allegro trains and renewed track connections the trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes only 3,5 hours. A multilingual Finnish tour leader will accompany you throughout the tour, which introduces the main sights of the city in four days. Supplier and booking for example: Nordic Ferry Center Boat to St. Petersburg St. Peter Line operates every other day to St. Petersburg from Makasiini Terminal. The journey and the eight hour stay in the city of St. Petersurg is visa free to all nationalities travelling from Helsinki with St. Peter Line. St. Peter Line St. Petersburg Baltic Discovery a Cruise Experience The Baltic Sea region surrounding Helsinki has extensive cruise and ferry connections which present many opportunities to discover the area. Our package includes visits to 3 capitals: Helsinki, Tallinn, and Stockholm, linked by fast ferry boats and overnight cruises which offer sumptuous buffet dinners and extensive evening entertainment. Example package includes: 3 nights in first class hotels: 1 night in Helsinki, Tallinn and Stockholm on a bed and buffet breakfast basis, 2 overnight cruises (Tallinn Stockholm and Stockholm Helsinki) including breakfast buffet, Helsinki to Tallinn one way by a daytime ferry. Supplier and booking for example: The Travel Experience The archipelago surrounding Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises. Enjoy island cruising along coast line or take a bit longer trip to beautiful neighboring cities. Tallinn is only 80 km from Helsinki and cruise takes merely 2 hours. You can reach both Stockholm and St. Petersburg by overnight cruise. New speed train with 3,5 hours connection from Helsinki to St. Petersburg brings this enchanting city even closer. Extend your stay and see, enjoy and experience so much more you ve expected. Information about renting a car and other transport options, see: Helsinki & Southern Finland 19

20 King s Road The King s Road is one of the oldest travelled routes in Northern Europe. The route continues through the archipelago to Turku and via coastal areas of Southern Finland finally all the way to Vyborg and St. Petersburg in Russia. In addition to history King s Road provides contemporary travellers with modern, highquality tourist service, art, international cultural events, city life and shopping opportunities. Treasures of the King s Road The King s Road is an ancient highway of historical, cultural and tourist interest following the medieval mail coach route. Connecting East and West, the King s Road forms a unique route of cultures whose treasures can easily be explored. Mediaeval churches, beautiful manor houses, picturesque ironworks villages, idyllic harbour towns and charming country villages tell a tale of the rich past of the King s Road. Visit the beautiful towns while driving or biking along the King s Road, which runs along the main roads of the southern coastline. The route is clearly marked with road signs. By following the signs you can easily find the historical landmarks along the way. Uusimaa Travel and Cycling Routes & Map is a handy guide to tourism and cycling routes on the area. The guidebook consists of four themed routes: sea, nature, culture and history. The routes vary in length from 170 to 280 kilometres. Finnish Countryside You might even see beautiful Finnish cows or old milkstands while driving thru countryside. Visit Finland Media Bank Ari-Pekka Darth/Visit Finland Media Bank Krista Keltanen/ Visit Finland Media Bank

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