Vasa was destroyed in a fire in 1852, after which it was decided to move the city to a new location on the coast. Sankta Maria Church in Old Vaasa burned to the ground in 1852. Court of Appeal building escaped the fire and was rebuilt into a church in the Old Vaasa. The only stone house, which was spared from the fire in the fire in 1852, is the Falanders.
Here are also ruins of the Trivial School in the same area, ie stone base.
Brage Open Air Museum lies within walking distance of the centre of Vaasa. The museum consists of a complete 19th-century farm with interesting buildings and interiors from the Swedish-speaking part of Ostrobothnia. Permanent exhibits include the decorated Wedding Room, the Girls’ Clothing Loft and the Seal Hunting Museum. There is a model of a stone labyrinth on the ground as well.
A special exhibition “A Vasa Home from the Beginning of the 20th-century” is open by advance booking. The museum is open during the summer months and offers guided tours, special exhibitions and has a café.
Outside of Vasa on the sea you will find many islands. That is the Kvarken Archipelago, which is set on the list of World Nature Heritages of the UNESCO. These island provide some opportunity to discover them on hiking trails. I think this is the best way to experience this great landscape.
Have a look on my Björkön page, where I placed information about my hiking day there.
Otherwise have a look on the Finnish Forestries webpage (below) about hiking in the archipelago.
The Vaasa Church was planned by architect C.A. Setterberg and consecrated in 1869. The church built in an English neo-gothic style has a capacity of almost 900 people. The last restoration took place in the year 2000. The first Vaasa Church was destroyed by the Vaasa Fire in 1852, only the stone ruins are left today.
Whilst visiting the archipelago one can admire the typical Finnish Summer Cottages, some displaying very unique styles of local architecture, as well as saunas and even one the most well preserved fishing villages in the area.
Northern Kvarken is a narrow region in the Gulf of Bothnia separating the Bothnian Bay from the Bothnian Sea. The distance between Swedish mainland and Finnish mainland is around 80 km and only 25 km between the outer most islands. In July 2006, the area of the Kvarken Archipelago was added as an extension to the World Heritage site of the High Coast. Therefore, becoming the first Natural Heritage Site in Finland.
This unique stony archipelago has been created by continuing land uplift after the melting of the continental ice sheet 10,000 to 24,000 years ago. Numbering some 5,600 islands and islets, the area extends approximately 70 km in an east-west direction, and 60 km in a north-south direction.
We have the honor in Vaasa to have the longest bridge in Finland situated here:). Replot island is situated off the coast of Vaasa, the resident population of the island is over 2000. The bridge was opened to traffic in August 1997, it then replaced the ferry connection. The length is 1045 m.
The Aviation Monument of a Sea eagle, in finnish: "Suomen ilmailun muistomerkki, Merikotka ".
The aviation monument is an honor for all good made work for the aviation in Finland.
The sea eagle is the only bird which land both feet outspread like the first airplanes also did.
Our city by the sea has many walking paths along the shores of the city, as well as jogging tracks, marked hiking paths and up to 150 kilometres of cycle paths. These facilities are used by serious athletes and by those simply wanting to be outside in the fresh air. And all around the town we got beautiful archipelagos.
The water towner is nowadays used as a watch tower. If you don't shy the 200 steps and the one Euro admission you can have a great view over the town.
Unfortunately the tower is open in the summer only (28 June -15 August).
Night of Arts and Vaasa Water Carnival
Every year, in the middle of August on a Thursday, there's the famous 'Night of Arts' like in so many other Finnish towns. It's just a going out, a Finnish 'to be seen' or for some it's even another word for getting drunk.
Always on the next day there's the 'Vaasa Water Carnival' starting, on the island Hietasaari (see map). It's definitly one of the best events in Vaasa and like all the other Festivals in Finland crowded with people from all over the country. Good music, nice sunsets, mild nights - and full of blond boys and girls...
In the town you can see a lot of monuments and statues. This one is located on a huge square in the centre. It symolizes the Liberty of Finland and was erected in 1938.