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     You know people, people know you! 

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     for nature and quiet life lovers an excellent place 

Mikkeli Things to Do

  • Central Square

    Central Square is a market place. Here you will find also many shops as Sokos Department Store and others. And of course it is a meeting point for locals and tourists.

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  • Mikkeli Cathedral

    Just take a walk from Market Square along the central street and in some minutes you will come to Mikkeli Cathedral, an impressive building with a long staircase. It was Saturday and we could see many weddings which took place there...

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  • The market square

    As in every Finnish town, also here the market square is the place where everyone is hanging around, market shopping, a snack, a drink or just people watching?

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  • The Church

    The big church of Mikkeli is located in the city centre and on this occasion I also stepped in to take a look inside and got some details from the local guide.

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  • Mannerheim statue

    This is the famous Mannerheim statue of Mikkeli. I have heard that is the commi time it was in more remote location in the city and it moved later to the main square when the authorities felt it is safe to do so ;-)

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  • Secret Communications Centre "Lokki"

    The war time communications centre named "Lokki" (Finnish; means seagull) was a tightly secret place. It was used for the purposes of war time communications of the Headquarters. The building work started in 1939, and the comms centre inside a cave inside a rocky hill was in use during the Continuation War.The centre mediated the calls to the war...

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  • Marshall Mannerheim's train coach

    Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim has, perhaps more than any other individual person, impressed the history of Finland, which goes far back to the Middle Ages and is now reaching out towards integrated Europe and the globalized world.Three great eras of Finnish history meet in the person of Mannerheim: 1) the period of autonomy (1809-1917), in which the...

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  • Kenkävero is inspiring!

    Kenkävero is a year-round attraction on the shore of Lake Saimaa in Mikkeli. Their pride and joy is Finland`s largest and most beautiful vicarage. The carefully restored buildings are located in a pleasant natural setting, just a short distance from the city centre.Their exhibitions present crafts and skills. Demonstrations inspire visitors to try...

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  • The Mannerheim train car

    At the railway station one can look at the Field MArshall Mannerheim's train car. Unfortunately, one can just look at it it, but not enter it. During the WW2 Mikkeli was an important place.Don't forget to see the Mannerheim statue, removed from a park to the market place. The Field Marshall is wearing the wartime officer's uniform.

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Mikkeli Restaurants

  • The best steaks and pizzas in the whole...

    This is the best restaurant in Mikkeli - you can get great authentic Italian pizzas, Mexican bits and pieces, but the steaks... oh man, they are out of this world! All very reasonably prized, centrally located and includes a salad buffet as a starter - you cannot go wrong with this place! Great beer and wine selection - English speaking and...

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  • A marketplace cafeteria

    The cafeteria is special because it simply is the heart of the market place. The coffee is good, not to mention the pulla. Mikkeli without the market place and its cafeteria is unthinkable. One coffee and pulla, please. Kahvi and pulla. Finnish pulla is always good.

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Mikkeli Nightlife

  • Nightlife by the lake

    The usual nightlife in Mikkeli is in the small pubs in the city centre, but well, you can also have nightlife by the lake in the moonlight, sometimes.

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  • Pubs

    There are few pubs and clubs in town, they are not any fascinating but well, you can go, have a drink and chat with the locals.

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Mikkeli Transportation

  • Taxi

    To get to some remote places you can take a taxi sometimes, you can imagine that Mikkeli is a bit behind time, but not that behind ;-)

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  • Bus

    You will probably get to Mikkeli by train or bus, you can see it is as small town and this is the empty bus station in the city centre.

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  • Free sight seeing

    The sight seeing round is free around Mikkeli. The small cart goes around the city centre, leaving at the market place. The cart is very colourful because it carries the advertisements from local shops and companies.

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Mikkeli Shopping

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    by Gili_S Written Dec 25, 2007

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    In the summer, and only in the summer you can buy wonderful fresh forest berries in the market, there are many kinds, my favourites are the blueberries, cranberries and cloudberries ;-)

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Mikkeli Local Customs

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    by Soili Written May 30, 2003

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    The market place is very central in Mikkeli. People gather there, and here you can also hear some of the Mikkeli dialect.
    Don't be afraid if people come and actually talk to you: they mean no harm, they're just friendly. Even if you don't have a common language.

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Mikkeli Off The Beaten Path

  • Tertin Kartano

    This is a unique place just outside Mikkeli, if you are with a car, its really worth to check it out, especially for their own unique own beer they brew here :)

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  • The old garden at Kenkävero and women

    The old placew within the town is called Kenkävero. It's possible to buy textiles and other items, such as dried herbs and delicatessen, at the shop. If you like gardening, this place offers much to see for you: the garden plants come from this area, they are strong and grow well. Such things as "Burning Love" ( palava rakkaus), the old herbs that...

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Mikkeli Sports & Outdoors

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    by Soili Updated May 30, 2003

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    For those who want to folow a horse race, MIkkeli is one of the places to head to. The race track is situated within the town itself.
    A very colourful spectacle, and the town is humming with excitement on the racing day.

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Mikkeli Favorites

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    by irish147 Written May 5, 2008

    Favorite thing: I have been to Mikkeli about 13 times, and I find this town very downcast city/town. Not allot to do here, but in the winter they get some good snow falls which is great for winter sports. They have a good Ice Hockey team called Jukurit (web link www.jukurit.fi/)
    If you like snooker/pool you can have a game in a bar just in the town. But if you want to buy some souvenirs of your visit in Mikkeli /Finland you wont find them here, if you do email asap. This town of Mikkeli has some great views when you go for walks into the woods. But after been here so many times, I have to give this town my No.One vote for the most cheerless town in the world. I think the people are nice, but not allot of people have English in the shops.
    (Winter Its gets dark about 2.30PM, Summer long day sometimes 1 or 2AM day light) here are some images from this city/town

    http://image.irishphoto.org/albums.php?albumId=29075

    Fondest memory: fireworks on new years eve with my gf

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