Top Choice Square in Oulu


Oulu has the liveliest market square of all Finnish towns, and its position at the waterfront makes it all the more appealing. The square is bordered by several old wooden storehouses now serving as restaurants, bar…
Top Choice Museum in Oulu


This huge, excellent science museum can occupy kids for the best part of a day with a giant IMAX screen, hands-on interactive exhibits on planets and the human body, and an observation tower. There’s a yearly mega-e…
Museum in Oulu

Pohjois Pohjanmaan Museo

The Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia in the city park has almost too much information to take in at first bite. It covers the earliest habitation of the region through to the 20th century, including plenty of informa…
Church in Oulu

Oulun Tuomiokirkko

Oulu’s imposing cathedral was built in 1777 but then came the great fire of 1822, which severely damaged the structure. Tireless architect CL Engel rebuilt it in empire style, adding a dome and Renaissance-style vau…
Museum in Oulu

Merimiehen Kotimuseo

This house-museum on Pikisaari belonged to a local sailor. Built in 1737, it is the oldest house in Oulu and was transferred here from the city centre in 1983. The wallpaper and extendable bed are typical of 19th-ce…
Gallery in Oulu

Oulun Taidemuseo

Oulu’s art museum is a bright spacious gallery with excellent temporary exhibitions of both international and Finnish contemporary art, and a cafe.
Park in Oulu

Ainola & Huupisaaret

Just north of the city centre and connected by small bridges, this great park has bike paths, museums, greenhouses and a summer cafe, as well as a fishway built so that salmon can bypass the hydroelectric dam to get…
National Park in Oulu

Syöte National Park

This national park is a popular winter-sports escape from Oulu. It covers discrete areas of old-growth spruce forest and is great for ski-trekking or hiking. There's also a downhill resort here.