Go on top of the large K120 hill (affectionately called "Betonimäki") to have a look down! It's really huge and scary! You also get nice views of Lahti and the lake from here. Don't worry, you don't have to climb up - there's an elevator.
You can either walk up the hill to get to it or take the chairlift (there are combined tickets for the chairlift and the lift up the hill available).
The Nordic World Ski Championships took place here in February 2001.
Every year in March Lahti's sports centre (Urheilukeskus) hosts the ski games which consist of Skijumping, Nordic Combined and Cross Country Skiing.
I have been wanting to see these for many many years already and this year (2005) I finally made it. It was as wonderful as I had expected: Blue skies, sunshine, lots of great sports and people watching and a great atmosphere.
Historical Museum of Lahti
Ph. 03-814 4536
Open Mo-Fr 10-17, Sa-Su 11-17
On basic display miniature models of Lahti in 1939 and Lahti village. Examples of traditional work: making cheese and sahti (Finnish alcoholic drink) and lace. Also changing displays.
Vesijýrvenkatu 11 A
Ph. 03-814 4547
Opening hours as above.
The oldest collection consists of abt. 70 pieces got from the Viipuri Art Museum. Since 1950ýs the collections has been added mainly by modern Finnish art. Connected is the poster museum, which arranges poster biennale.
Radio and TV Museum
Ph. 03-814 4512
Open as above
On the radio hill between the radio masts. Basic displays tells about the century long progress of radio and TV techniques. In the functional part a visitor can listen to the radio programmes, make his/her own programmes, shoot and perform in a TV show made in the museumýs own studio.
Museum of Military Medicine
ph. 03-814 4490
Open Mo-Fr 11-16, for groups acc. to agreement
In the museum you can get to know modern and war-time field medicine, field hospital, animal medicine, taking care of the veterans of the wars and how the dead soldiers were taken home.
Museum of Military Music
Helsingintie 199 A
Ph. 03-787 5035
Open Mo-Fr 11-16
The only museum in Europe, which is specialised in military music. On displays instruments, notes, recordings, photos, documents, accessories, tickets and literature. Also changing theme displays. Museum was opened in 2003.
A couple of weeks ago I took my 7-years-old granddaughter to these places under and she just loved her day with me! I can highly recommend them to you.
LAUNE FAMILY PARK
Tel. 03-810 3680
Opening hours 1.5.-31.8.2004
Mo-Fr 9:00-19:00, Sa-Su 10:00-16:00
Slides, traffic town, wooden fortress, mini golf, badminton and more
Small cafeteria, but I'd advise you to take packed lunch with you.
And what’s best NO ADMISSION!!!!
YLI-MAROLA 4H-DOMESTIC ANIMALS YARD
Radansyrjänkatu 47 (walking distance from Laune family park)
Ph. 050-529 8788, 03-781 1040
Domestic animals in country like surroundings in the middle of the bustling city
Ph. 050-543 8222
Nice way to see all the main sights in Lahti
Leaves from the marina at 10:30, 12:00, 13:30 and 15:00
Tickets: adults €4, children 6-15 €2, children under 6 free if with their parents
Area of about 3 hectares with 450 different plants
Open in July-August Mo-Fr 9-20, Sa-Su 11-15
Greenhouses Mo-Fr 7-16, Fr 7-14
TÄHTITORNI URSA –observatory
Open from late October to the end of March on Sundays 19-21
Lanu Scupture Park
12 sculptures by Olavi Lanu in Kariniemi park near the marina
Bronze statue by Emil Wickstrým in the park of Historical Museum, presenting Aino from our national epic Kalevala
Spirit of Freedom
A sculpture made of red granite by Wýiný Aaltonen in the graveyard of Ristin Kirkko (Church of the Cross)
Statue of Marshal Mannerheim
Opposite to the railway station stands a statue of Marshal and President Mannerheim, made by Veikko Leppýnen
Memorial of the Red Prisoners
Erkki Kannostoýs monument made of red granite and bronze in Felmannin Puisto park
Maidens of Laune
In the northern end of Kirkkokatu, next to the Church of the Cross a monument made of red granite and bronze
In Erkonpuisto park, statue by Jussi Mýntynen
In Urheilukeskus, by Viktor Jansson
in Urheilukeskus, by Toivo Pelkonen
Statue of Liberty
Another statue by Viktor Jansson in the City Hall park
Statue of President J.K. Paasikivi
In Erkonpuisto park, by Veikko Leppýnen
Homecoming of the Warriors of the 30 Year War
By Pentti Papinaho, in Mariankatu opposite to the market place
Displays about skis and their history from ancient times to today. Possibility to try a ski jump simulator, artificial cross country ski track, laser shooting and downhill skiing.
Open Mon-Fri 10-17, at the weekends 11-17
You cannot really visit Lahti and not see the ski jumps, which are the symbol of this city. In winter there are ski tracks and in summer paths for walking and mountain biking. You can take a chair lift up to the biggest ski jump, where you can see over whole city (if you dare to look!). There is a restaurant Voitto (Victory) up there as well. Open daily during summer months and by agreement in winter.
The largest public timber house in Finland for the last 100 years. The frame of the building is an old factory hall made of red brick. The building has acoustically unique concert hall and lots of room for conferences and displays. Many of my foreign visitors praise Sibelius Hall, so I think it is worth a visit.
There are over 100 shops and restaurants in Trio.
The shopping centre consists of four buildings: Trio Aleksanteri, Trio Opaali, Trio Forum and Trio Hansa. The total area is over 74,000 square meters.
It is easy to come to Trio by walking (in the city centre!) or by car (over 1,000 parking places in the parking hall under the shopping centre).
Trio is usually open from 8 am to 8 pm (weekdays) and from 8 am to 5 pm (Saturdays). Some shops may also be open on Sundays in summer and in December.
Welcome to the shopping paradise which is almost like "a city in a city"!
The largest wooden building constructed in Finland for a hundred years.
This hall combines the main hall (a concert hall) and the ex-carpentry factory. Notice the ceiling: There are starlights. The stars on this sky are the position as they were at the moment when Jean Sibelius was born (8.12.1865)
Main Hall (the Concert Hall)
The acoustic of this hall is amazing and unique. It is adjustable. You can play chambre music of if you want to have cathedral effect the acoustic panels are adjusted right way and everyone hears the same where ever they are sitting. The silece of this hall was amazing.
There are guided thours around the hall. From 25.6. to 3.8. there are guided tours in Finnish and English at 13.00 Check the time from Sibelius Hall though
This area is second livingroom to people who live in Lahti and I have to say that view is breathtaking. You are able to walk waterfront boulevard on Lake Vesijärvi and in the harbour there are several cafés with terraces or if you like to take a ferrytrip to see Lake Vesijärvi, this is the place.
There will be pics just when I got them from development.
Kirkkokatu 14, tel. (03) 814 3105
Ticket reservations and sales Mon-Fri 11-18 hrs (days of performances 11-19 hrs) and Sat 12-19 hrs, tel. 03-752 5000, groups 752 6000. The theatre season lasts from September to May. Tours by appointment. Three stages: Juhani seats 762, Eero 290 and Aino 120 people.
Vesijärvenkatu 11 A, tel. (03) 814 4547
The museum was founded in 1950 and is the regional museum for art in Päijät-Häme. About 70 works of art from the former art museum of Vyborg make up the oldest part of the collection. Since the 1950's, the museum has mainly acquired modern Finnish art. Annexed to the art museum, there is a poster museum, being the organizer of a large international poster biennial. For hours, see Ski Museum.
Sports Centre, tel. (03) 814 4523
History of skis and skiing from the ancient past to the present times. The interactive section offers the visitor the possibility to try a ski jump simulator, an artificial cross-country ski trail, laser rifles and a slalom device. Also temporary exhibits. Open Mon-Fri 10-17 hrs, Sat-Sun 11-17 hrs.
Lahden Historical Museum
Lahdenkatu 4, tel. (03) 814 4536
The basic exhibit presents the memorial collection of Klaus Holma, a scale model of Lahti in 1939, and a scale model of the Lahti village. The joint exhibit of different museums in the Lahti region features traditional handiwork methods, including making of cheese, brewing of home-made beer (sahti), and lace-making. Also temporary exhibits. Open Mon-Fri 10-17 hrs, Sat-Sun 11-17 hrs.