Lahti Orthodox Parish is the only 'evacuee parish' in southern part of Finland. It was founded on 1.1.1950. Pyhan Kolminaisuuden kirkko church was consecrated again after the renovations on 6.1.2006 by Helsinki's Metropolite Ambrosius. I have never been inside this church but I've heard it is very simple and lacks the gold ornaments which are so typical for Russian Orthodox churches abroad.
Formely Lahti Manor from 1898. Architect H ?berg, built for August Fellman?s private house. The manor has baroque gables.
Museum has a collection of 40.000 items from all over Paijat-Hame region. Collection evacuated from Vyborg's museum, collection of coins and medals, furniture and textiles and a miniature of Lahti in 1939. There are also changing exhibitions in the museum. There's also a mall souvenir shop.
The Sibelius Hall is an example of a new modern wood construction. It is the largest wooden building built in Finland for 100 years. It was built in 2000 and it was designed by architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula. According to them the main inspiration for them were Finnish forests.
The building (almost 90 000 m3) consists of 4 parts: the renovated ex-carpentry factory, the Main Hall (wonderful acoustics), the congress centre, and the Forest Hall (see the beautiful lake scenery opening from Forest Hall´s windows!). Guided tours for groups of 1-13 persons.
The ex-carpentry factory was renovated into a restaurant, offices and cabinets. The building is the oldest industrial building still existing in Lahti. It was built by August Fellman in 1907 to serve as a kraft pulp factory with a sawmill. The building was extended many times and it served as a glass factory, wood meal factory, carpentry factory and wooden house factory.
Sibelius Hall host about 800 events every year: about 140 concerts from classical music to rock, pop etc.
N.B. Remember to visit also Pro Puu Centre next to Sibelius Hall. Pro Puu is the gallery of special carpenters, designers and other experts of wood sector. The house has been named as Tikkula (Matchstick House in English).
Local cruises in Lahti
-cruises to Vääksy Canal and back from June 2nd to August 14th, 2004 (about 3.5 - 4.5 hours, prices 6-13 euros)
-cruises on Lake Vesijärvi
Cruises to other cities
-cruises to Heinola and back
-cruises to Jyväskylä (and back)
The biggest musical fountain (water organ) in the Nordic countries!
Many kind of music: well-known classical melodies, musicals and film music. Musical symphony shows a couple of times in a day in the summer and in the autumn. Free admittance.
In the fall (autumn) also very beautiful multicoloured lights!
-Lahti Symphony Orchestra (e.g. annual Sibelius festival): two Gramophone Awards, Grand Prix du Disque, two Cannes Classical Awards
-Concerts in the Sibelius Hall: The Sibelius Hall is an example of a new modern wood construction. It is the largest wooden building built in Finland for 100 years. It was built in 2000 and it was designed by architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula. According to them the main inspiration for them were Finnish forests. The building (almost 90 000 m3) consists of 4 parts: the renovated ex-carpentry factory, the Main Hall (wonderful acoustics), the congress centre, and the Forest Hall (see the beautiful lake scenery opening from Forest Hall's windows!). Sibelius Hall host about 800 events every year: about 140 concerts from classical music to rock, pop etc.
-Lahti Ski Games
-Sauna Bathing World Championships (in Heinola, Lahti region)
In the skimuseum you can go (virtual) skijumping! The simulator will proportion your weight to the force of your legs and by counting the time you use for takeoff it will decide how far your jump will take you. The jumping experience feels very real, you can even hear the snow under your skis. ;)
Or try shooting and cross country skiing (either on new or on old skis from the 1920s!) just like in a Biathlon race!
Apart from these highlight you can also look at lots of old fashioned ski gear and relicts from the skiing past of Lahti as well as several videoclips of local heroes such as Matti Nykänen or Janne Ahonen.
Entrance fees: Adults 5,00€, Children 2,00€
Opening Times:mon-fri 10 am - 5 pm, sat-sun 11 am -5 pm
This museum is located in the former main building of Lahti Manor.
-The memorial collection of Klaus Holma
-The scale model of Lahti in 1877
-The scale model of Lahti in 1914
-The scale model of Lahti in 1939
The joint exhibition of museums in Lahti area features old handycraft methods, producing of cheese, brewing of home-made beer and lace making.
If you don't want to try the real thing (aww, why wouldn't you? *g*), try the simulator! It's great fun and there's always someone in the group who'll try to beat Janne Ahonen to the best result - so far I don't think anyone's made it, but who knows? Maybe some day.
There's a Ski Museum next to the three larger skijumping hills (which you just can't miss), it's there that the simulator is situated. Go and give it a try! And get your friends to compete against you. ;)
Honestly said though, when it comes down to real ski jumping, I myself prefer the three smaller hills. They're cuter than the larger ones, even if the view from the top of the largest of the six jumping hills is awesome. Besides, the young kids practising ski jumping and their enthusiasm are so enjoyable to watch.
With the ski jump hills radio masts are the symbols of Lahti. Whether you arrive from Helsinki, Tampere or Turku you will see the masts on the top of Radiom?ki Hill before arriving the centre of the city. They are 150 m high and made of steel. Between 1928-1993 broadcasted programmes of Finnish Broadcasting Company from the station on the hill. Today the studio hosts Radio and TV Museum.
Karelian people of Lahti gave this statue of a moose as present to CIty of Lahti when it turned 50 years old in 1955. It is a duplicate of a statue in Vyborg (1920's) by Jussi Mantynen (1886-1978). With the statue Karelian people wanted to symbolosize their status in business and cultural life in Lahti after the war. The statue is as well a remembrance of Vyborg as symbol Karealians settling down in their new hometown.
There are not old buildings in Lahti, because my city is very young still. Only 100 years behind it. There are however some pretty buildings left and here I am showing some of them to you. Lahden Kansakoulu is a school, Etela-Suomen Sanomien talo houses premises of the biggest newspaper of the area - Etela-Suomen Sanomat.
Musical Fountain in Kariniemi Park near the harbour
The biggest musical fountain in the Nordic countries, built in 1997 by Lahti Energy. The show is at its best in dark autumn evenings. In the summer time there are two shows a day, at 13:00 and at 18:00. During winter they are on every day at 19.00 and then they are colourful as well. For the coldest part of the year they don't operate for obvious reasons.
Historical Museum of Lahti
Ph. 03-814 4536
Formely Lahti Manor from 1898. Architect H ýberg, built for August Fellmanýs private house. The manor has baroque gables.
Ph. 81 411
Designed by Eliel Saarinen in late Art Nouveau style red brick building from 1912.
Ph. 03-814 18
Largest timber building in Finland for 100 years. Designed by architects Kimmo Lintula and Hannu Tikka for congresses and concerts. The concert hall has unique acoustics and Metsähalli (forest hall) with its magnificent starry sky.
One of the very few functionalistic buildings in Lahti, completed in 1939, protected building.
Completed in 1983, structural style, combination of massive concrete and dainty steel structure. Architect Pekka Salminen
Ph. 03-812 511
Completed in 1990, functional style
Church of the Cross
Ph. 03-891290, 03-89 111
Last work of Academy Member Alvar Aalto was completed in 1978.
This concert hall which is located directly at the harbour area at lake Vesijärvi was designed by Kimmo Lintula and Hannu Tikka. It is supposed to have fantastic acoustics. It also looks quite stylish with it's mixture of glass and wood.
(Pic will follow as soon as I find the CD it's on)