Attractions

Top Choice Church in Häme

Hattulan Pyhän Ristin

Dating from the early 1300s, this Gothic-style church in a walled churchyard has an interior filled with fabulous naive frescoes created in the early 16th century. Well preserved, these tell the key stories of the B…
Top Choice Castle in Hämeenlinna

Hämeenlinna

Hämeenlinna means Häme Castle, so it’s no surprise that this bulky, twin-towered, red-brick fortress is the town’s pride and most significant attraction. Construction was begun in the 1260s by the Swedes, who wanted…
Top Choice Museum in Hämeenlinna

Palanderin Talo

Finland loves its house-museums and this is among the best, offering a wonderful insight into well-off 19th-century Finnish life, thanks to excellent English-speaking guided tours. There’s splendid imperial and art-…
Top Choice Architecture in Lahti

Sibeliustalo

Designed by acclaimed Finnish architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula, the spectacular extension to Lahti's main concert venue opened in 2000 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant local architec…
Park in Hämeenlinna

Aulanko

North of the town centre, this central-European-style park with ponds, swans, pavilions, a granite fortress and exotic trees was created early in the 20th century by Hugo Standertskjöld. Modern additions include a s…
Church in Lahti

Ristinkirkko

Construction of this fourth and final church designed by Alvar Aalto was completed in 1978, two years after his death. Though showcasing his signature design style (light-saturated interior, windows overlooking gree…
Museum in Lahti

Lahden Historiallinen Museo

Occupying a handsome late-19th-century manor house, Lahti’s historical museum stages hanging exhibitions illustrating aspects of the city's history, with a particular focus on the tradition of local furniture-making…
Museum in Lahti

Hiihtomuseo

As well as a refurbished 'Sense of Skiing' exhibition that documents the history of the city's snow sports, this popular museum has a hugely enjoyable 3D ski-jump simulator and an optical biathlon practice rifle tha…
Church in Häme

Hollolan Kirkko

On the shores of Vesijärvi, this large church 17km northwest of Lahti is an elegant late-15th-century structure with steep gables; the bell tower dates from the 19th century. Mounted above the double nave are 24 fin…
Factory in Iittala

Iittala Glass Factory

Established in 1881, this factory has huge kilns containing a total of 40 tonnes of molten glass kept at a temperature of 1450°C (2642°F). On weekdays, it's possible to stand on an balcony above the factory floor to…