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Arboretum Mustila near Elimäki in Southern Finland was founded in 1902 as a test site for exotic conifer species. Today it remains a unique area of introduced horticultural plants in northern Europe. Nearly 100 conifer species, more than 200 broad-leaved tree species and numerous shrubs, vines, bulbs and perennials have been planted in the arboretum, covering 120 hectares.
Arboretum Mustila is especially famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas. In June a colourful sea of flowers can be seen in the Rhododendron Valley when hundreds of different species and hybrids are blooming. Another spectacular season of colours is in the autumn when the deciduous trees burst into a glow of red, orange and yellow.
Many of the conifers are planted in large stands rather than single specimens creating an illusion of woods in exotic countries. Stands of hemlocks, Western red-cedar, Pacific silver fir or cathedral-like Serbian spruce are the favourite places for many visitors throughout the year.
Source Arboretum Mustila Foundation
Address: Mustilantie 57, 47200 ELIMÄKI
Phone: +358 5 377 6678
The village of Fiskars, built in the 17th century, is known as a centre of Finnish art and design. The village is also known as home of the company Fiskars, which was founded there in 1649.
Today over 100 artisans, designers and artists live and work in Fiskars. For visitors, the area offers a lot - workshops, museum, cafes, boutiques...
Picture Fiskars Oyj Abp Tiia Öhman
Address: Antskogintie 9, 10470 FISKARS
Phone: +358 19 277 7504
SOUTHEAST135° The Coast of Good Wings
The Southeast135° area consists of the cities of Kotka and Hamina and the municipalities of Pyhtää, Miehikkälä and Virolahti close to the Russian border.
Every year the Kotka Maritime Festival, the biggest maritime carnival in Finland, brings together over 200,000 visitors in four days to the centre of Kotka. Joy and summer sunshine are in the air.
The Langinkoski museum, fishing lodge of the Russian Czar Alexander III, is a popular tourist attraction. The imperial summer holiday location was completed in 1889. In Langinkoski, the Czar used to fish and chop wood while the Czarina Maria Feodorovna would cook. Perfect Finnish cottage life. The lodge is the only imperial building left outside Russian borders.
In Miehikkälä you can visit Salpa Centre – Salpa Line Museum.
The Salpa Line is a line of defensive fortifications about 1,200 km long, following roughly the eastern border of Finland. It was built in 1940-1941.
The line has been compared, for instance, to the Maginot Line in France.
In Southeast135° you are right in the middle of the natural environment, so you can also just relax, watch birds, fish… do whatever you want.
Address: Keskuskatu 6, 48100 KOTKA
Phone: +358 40 1356588
The Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
The Unesco World Heritage Site Verla is a unique part of Finnish history. The old board mill milieu and the leisurelycabins by the Verlankoski streamspanning multiple eras take visitors gently to a time before computers, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.Source the Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
Address: Verlantie 295, 47850 VERLA
Phone: +358 20 415 2170
Visit The City of Porvoo
The City of Porvoo was founded in 1346 when Finland was a part of Sweden. The city was born as the second oldest town in the country at the junction of the sea and the Porvoonjoki river. Goods from Europe travelled via the city to the north, and furs and other commodities were transported from Porvoo to Central Europe. Porvoo used to be a busy town in those days.
The 700-year marriage between Sweden and Finland ended in 1809 when Finland was annexed to Russia as an autonomous Grand Duchy. The Czar of Russia Alexander I convened the Diet in Porvoo. This was an important cornerstone in the history of Finland. The progress towards independence in 1917 started.
The Old Town is today one of the most colourful sights of Porvoo. It is famous for its riverside warehouses made of bricks.
In the Empire style part of the city, the low wooden houses belong to the classical town plan. You can really feel the history here.
Address: Läntinen Aleksanterinkatu 1, 06100 PORVOO
Phone: +358 40 489 9801
Visit The City of Tampere
The City of Tampere was established by King of Sweden Gustav III in 1779, on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids. The city has been an industrial centre in Finland since the very beginning.
Today Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries and the third largest city in Finland.
The City of Tampere offers everything from culture to sports. Music, film and dance are celebrated each year in a variety of festivals. Ice hockey is the sport of the city.
The Särkänniemi Adventure Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Tampere. The Park has the widest appeal of any adventure park in Finland. Between different rides you can also spend time in the Aquarium, Dolphinarium, Planetarium… The world’s first Angry Birds Land exists in Särkänniemi.
Address: Rautatienkatu 25 A, 33100 TAMPERE
Phone: +358 3 5656 6800
Visit The City of Turku
The City of Turku has a long history as Finland’s oldest city and as its first capital. The city was founded in 1229.
Like the other European Medieval cities, the City of Turku also has a castle and cathedral. The Aurajoki river flows through the city centre, and the archipelago of Turku with 20,000 islands is so wide that it reaches from the outskirts of the city all the way to the Åland Islands. The Åland Islands lie between Finland and Sweden, about 150 kilometres from Turku.
The historical Castle of Turku (1280) has played many roles, from a luxurious palace to a prison. Today the Castle is a historical monument and a must-see tourist destination.
The Turku Cathedral is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland. The 700-year-old Cathedral is regarded as Finland’s most valuable monument of architectural history.
The City of Turku is also known for the Ruisrock festival. The festival is the second oldest rock festival in Europe and the oldest in Finland. Ruisrock is held annually on the island of Ruissalo.
From the city, it is just a short trip to Moominworld in Naantali. Just 16 kilometres and you can see the Moomins.
Address: Aurakatu 4, 20100 TURKU
Phone: +358 2 262 7444