Favorite thing: As far as I know the only Internet cafe in Lahti, 100 m from the railway station, next to hostel Patria. Most people have interenet connection at home so internet cafes are not really needed here. Open only until 18.00, prices I don't know. Free internet use you can find in the library and Lahti Travel (though they close at 17.00 already and are closed at the weekends).
Third of the cultural centre is Lahti Adult Institute which offers all kinds of courses in different levels. From open university courses to pottery to computing. During the years I've studied French and Spanish there and have also taken courses in photography and joined the gymnastic group. These courses used to be free but today you have to pay for each course seaprately. I don't think that it has lessened the number of the students though because we Finns are known of our love for studying and learning new skills.
Address: Kirkkokatu 16
tel. (03) 814 4734
I love to read. I go to the library at least once a week, but mostly more often than that and I never fail to find something to borrow there. I admit I am oldfashioned and prefer finding information on anything from books rather than from the net. I love to cuddle in my bed with a book and forget the surrounding world. I have read ever since I was three years old and I see no end to it.
The new library is part of so called cultural centre (others are theatre and adult institute) and was finished in 1990. Designed by architects Arto Sipinen and Mikko Tainio.
Address: Kirkkokatu 31
Mon-Fri 10-20, music dept. 11-20
Next to the city library and part of the cutural centre stands Lahti's theatre, which is the fourth biggest theatre in Finland (based on the number of plays and sold tickets) and draws audience from other towns and cities. I am ashamed to admit that I've been to see a play there only twice so far and didn't like the performances too much, but then I didn't choose them. We took our suppliers to see these plays and had to take what they offered us.
This present theatre is from 1983.
Favorite thing: Lahti's city centre isn't exactly beautiful - it looks like the typical modern Finnish town. But still this place seems to attract me, I have been here three times already. My favourite area is the sports centre around the hills (Urheilukeskus). But sitting in a cafe at the lake is a nice way to spend some time here as well!
Check out the surrounding lakes and forests, since the city itself is highly boring. The nature is the most gorgeous thing this place has to offer.
Fondest memory: When I'm away, I miss the clear lakes and the forests in the countryside surrounding Lahti.
Fondest memory: This great pic is taken in mothers backyard few years ago when we where barbequing with my friends. In my opinion cooking outdoors in good company is one of the best things you can do during summer in Finland.
Favorite thing: to see the Water Organs. They are beautiful and biggest in Northern Europe and they are FREE! They are placed between the bus station and the Vesijärvi-lake and in the summertime there are nice outdoor restaurants near by. They look great in the winter and autumn when they have beautiful colours!
Go to the Stadium.
Lahti is just about over an hour drive north east of Helsinki.
It is most famous for its holding every year a World Cup competition and every about 10 years the Nordic Ski World Championships, which is very popular sport in the Nordic countries and Russia.
Fondest memory: Nordic Ski World Cup.
If you like to see some culture, go into the New Congress and Concert Centre Sibelius Hall. It provides you the opportunity to enjoy concerts by top Finnish artists of light and classical music in outstanding acoustic conditions, always meeting the exact reguirements of each music performance. There are many beautiful places in Lahti... you just have to ask and i will answer.
- more about our capital city Helsinki... http://www.hel.fi/
- more about Lahti... http://www.lahti.fi
If you like to having fun... just write to me, and i will lead you all, straight in to best night clubs and pubs of Lahti. I know lot of good places in Finland as well.
Fondest memory: When i was living in Spain, i missed most of our beautiful / clean nature and nice / friendly people..
From thursday 15th - Sunday 25th February 2001 Lahti hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship for the first time since 1989.
485 athletes from 37 countries competed in events ranging from 15km classic on the opening day to Ski Jumping K116 the following sunday to 4*10km relay and many other events throughout the championships.
I spent two days there, all the more enjoyable because it was totally free. We got free tickets, food and all the beer we wanted! I'm actually surprised I got to see any skiing at all!
It was a wonderful occasion for Lahti and Finland but in the end was marred by the drug scandal which rocked Finland, and more than likely ended the careers of some of Finlands greatest sporting heroes, in particular Harri Kivisniemi (spelling?) who the mascot is named after. Very sad.
Fondest memory: Why not visit the official championship site lahti2001, in english.
Diva!!!!!!!!!! It's the best place tohang out on Wednesdays and Fridays! Sometimes on Saturdays as well. But you gotta be 18!
Fondest memory: Well I guess I miss my family and friends of course... I like the people in Lahti.
And snow of course... Diva...High Hill...
Favorite thing: Go see this Musical Fountain of Lahti. You can see this in the above picture, too. It's situated near the center, between the bus station and the shore of the "Waterlake".
Fondest memory: The K120 hill was the first one I stood on. It was the first time I realised how crazy those skijumpers are to go down one of them. It incredibly steep and scary.
Lahti official web site including tourist information available also in English.