Naisvuori Hill
Naisvuori Hill
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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland6,310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Naisvuori is the highest point in the city center. Naisvuori is a mica gneiss hill which rises 44 meters above the surface of Lake Saimaa and 122 meters over the sea level. You see interesting geological formations by the Ice Age there.

Naisvuori means literally Woman Hill. It is said that it was named after the women who observed the Battle of Porrassalmi from the hill in 1789 (or a battle of the Cudgel War in 1597 according to another version of the legend). The older women climbed on the top of the lower Akkavuori (literally Old Woman Hill) and the younger women climbed on the top of the higher Naisvuori to see a glimpse of the Battle of Porrassalmi 6 kilometers away. I am not sure if this legend is sure or not.

The water tower of Naisvuori was built in 1911. It was the first steel-reinforced concrete building in Finland. It is the oldest still remaining water tower building in Finland. However, nowadays (since 1953) it serves only as a cafe and as an observation tower (read separate Tripadvisor reviews of them).

During the Winter War (1939-1940) and the Continuation War (1941-1944) the headquarters of the Finnish Army was located in Mikkeli and caves inside Naisvuori Hill were used as the air surveillance center.

In 1971 also the swimming hall of Mikkeli was built in the rock under the hill. It is said that this swimming hall located underground is still the strongest swimming hall in the world.
Written 15 July 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This hill and the observation tower on top of it are the striking landmarks of Mikkeli.

Besides the beautiful views, you can find a summer theater and a charming cafe here.

The wartime message center Lokki is located inside the rock of Naisvuori.
Written 21 July 2021
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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is a peaceful area with seating and a water feature, you get a reasonable view over mikkeli and the observation tower is nearby
Written 11 May 2021
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lmsk2014
Helsinki, Finland866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
A small park atop the Naisvuori hill. Nice views over the city. A possibility for coffee at the observation tower - and of course visiting the observation tower for a small fee.

Centrally located, free parking.
Written 29 August 2017
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haimilahti
Jyväskylä, Finland6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
Naisvuori is a good vantage point to rise up and get a nice city view over Mikkeli. It has a good variety of plants and footpaths around it, and despite being a rather tiny area it still offers a nice place to take a break. Definitely worthwhile during late spring/summer.
Written 6 August 2016
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