Top ChoiceGallery in Mänttä

Serlachius Museum Gösta

Once the private home of Gösta Serlachius, this world-class art gallery is one of Finland's premier cultural attractions. Situated 2km east of Mänttä's town centre in an exquisitely maintained garden, it...

Top ChoiceChurch 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...

Top ChoiceCastle 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tampere

Vapriikki

This bright, modern glass-and-steel exhibition space in the renovated Tampella textile mill hosts regularly changing exhibitions on anything from bicycles to Buddhism. It also has a permanent display on Tampere’s...

Top ChoiceChurch in Tampere

Tuomiokirkko

Tuomiokirkko

An iconic example of National Romantic art nouveau architecture, Tampere's cathedral dates from 1907. Hugo Simberg created the frescoes and stained glass; you’ll appreciate that they were controversial. A...

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Amurin Työläismuseokortteli

An entire block of wooden houses – including 32 apartments in five residential buildings, a bakery, a shoemaker, a public sauna, two general shops and a cafe – is preserved at the Amuri Museum of Workers'...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceAmusement Park in Tampere

Särkänniemi

This promontory-set amusement park complex offers dozens of rides, an observation tower, art gallery, aquarium, farm zoo and planetarium. A one-day pass gives you access to them all. Among the best rides are the...

Top ChoiceArchitecture 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...

Gallery in Tampere & Häme

Visavuori

The residence of renowned sculptor Emil Wickström (1864–1942), Visavuori consists of three buildings, the oldest of which is Wickström's 1902 house, built in Karelian and Finnish Romantic styles. This has an...

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...

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...

Church in Keuruu

Keuruun Vanha Kirkko

Keuruu's fascinating wooden church, built between 1756 and 1759, has superb portraits of Bible characters (although the artist didn’t complete the set, due to a pay dispute), and its painted wooden ceiling...

Museum in Tampere

Vakoilumuseo

The offbeat spy museum under the Finlayson Centre offers a small but well-assembled display of devices of international espionage, mainly from the Cold War era. As well as histories of famous Finnish and foreign...

National Park in Tampere & Häme

Helvetinjärvi National Park

Northwest of Ruovesi, this park’s main attraction is narrow Helvetinkolu Gorge, gouged out by retreating glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. The numerous trails include the 4km circular Helvetistä Itään...

Historic Building in Tampere & Häme

Kallenaution Kievari

Dating from 1757, this wooden roadhouse is the oldest building along Rte 66. The main reason to pause here is the on-site cafe; you can sit at old long wooden tables in the tavern, or in the genteel parlour where...

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...

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...

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...

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...