Top Choice Square in Oulu


Oulu has one of Finland's liveliest market squares, 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, bars and c…
Top Choice Museum in Oulu


This huge, excellent science museum can occupy kids for the best part of a day with a giant, 35m-high IMAX screen, hands-on interactive exhibits exploring planets and the human body, and an observation tower. An ann…
Museum in Oulu

Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

Set across two river islands on the scenic Oulujoki, this open-air museum is a collection of traditional wooden buildings, from loggers’ cabins to stables, and includes a handsome farmhouse. The 1694 church is an or…
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 coverag…
Park in Oulu

Hupisaaret Park

Just north of the city centre on the Hupisaaret Islands, connected by small bridges, this great park has bike paths, museums, greenhouses and a summer cafe. An observation deck looks out over the 750m-long fishway w…
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. Prolific architect CL Engel rebuilt it in Empire style, adding a dome and Renaissance-style va…
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.
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…