Finland's West Coast

Neristan was once the working-class quarter of Kokkola, home to sailors, fisherfolk and artisans. The narrow streets are lined with their colourful wooden cottages, which makes for a pleasant wander. Isokatu and Lätinen Kirkkokatu are the streets with the biggest collections of noteworthy homes. For a detailed walking tour, pick up the Neristan Tourist Guide from the tourist office.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Finland's West Coast attractions

1. Kieppi

0.19 MILES

This little museum is a three-in-one deal – thanks to donations by three local collectors. The dazzling mineral collection includes fragile crystals and…

2. Englischer Park

0.21 MILES

During the Crimean War, a British attack was repelled at Halkokari, the harbour-turned-beach that's about 2.5km north of Neristan. The captured gunboat at…

3. Tankar Island

11.38 MILES

This lighthouse island, 18km northwest of Kokkola, offered safe passage through tangled waters, starting in 1889. Now it makes a popular day trip for…

4. Skata

17.06 MILES

Originally the stamping ground of sailors and factory workers, Skata occupies several blocks north of the centre (beyond Skolparken). The oldest street is…

5. Hembygdsmuseum

17.36 MILES

The rectory outbuildings at Aspegren’s Gardens hold the Hembygdsmuseum, crammed with sleighs, agricultural equipment and hunting traps.

6. Aspegrens Trädgård Rosenlund

17.39 MILES

A little walled oasis 1km southeast of the kauppatori, Aspegren’s Gardens was created by priest Gabriel Aspegren in the 1700s. Butterflies flit around the…

7. Jakobstads Museum

17.46 MILES

Finland’s richest man, shipping magnate Otto Malm, was the last person to live in Malm House, occupying it until 1898. Nowadays the house is the main…

8. Pedersöre Kyrka

17.89 MILES

Dating from the 1400s, this is one of the region’s oldest churches. King Gustav III of Sweden personally signed off on the plans to expand the church into…