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Top Choice Gallery 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 comprises t…
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 Bistro in Lahti

Bistro Popot

Chef Andrew Smith learned his craft in the UK, France and Switzerland before relocating to Finland and wowing Lahti with his modern seasonally driven cuisine. His menu roams Europe and ventures occasionally into Asi…
Top Choice Museum 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 hi…
Top Choice Museum in Tampere

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' Housing, e…
Top Choice Cafe in Lahti

Kahvila Oskari

An intoxicating aroma of sugar and spices greets patrons as they enter this cute cafe in an old-timer house, making it almost obligatory to order a bun, brownie or indulgently rich slice of cake with your tea and co…
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 Coffee in Tampere

Mokka Mestarit

Despite being the most caffeine-addicted nation on earth, Finland doesn't generally do coffee well. Fortunately this stylish cafe and roastery bucks the trend. Espresso, cold-drip and Aeropress variations are on off…
Top Choice Live Performance in Tampere

Telakka

Comics and musicians regularly take to the stage at this much-loved venue, which attracts arty, hip and fun-loving locals of every age. Drinkers and diners claim the tables in the front garden; the stage is inside. …