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hheels2swimfins wrote a review Jul 2019
Schaumburg, Illinois102 contributions12 helpful votes
If it's in your budget, take the chance to blow your own glass vase. There are lots of nice shops with homemade Finnish crafts. These merchants are true artisans of their trade. Their is also a nice cafe to grab lunch.
Date of experience: July 2019
JariJK wrote a review Jul 2018
Kouvola, Finland4823 contributions294 helpful votes
Iittalan Lasimäki (also known as Iittala Glass Capital and Iittala Glass Center) is situated next to the naive art center named "Naivistit Iittalassa Foundation" (read separate Tripadvisor reviews), 24 kilometers to the north of the city center of Hämeenlinna, by road number 3 (E12) between Helsinki and Tampere. Iittalan Lasimäki is a quite large area and it consists of Iittala Glass Factory, Iittala Glass Museum, Iittala Outlet, a cafeteria, several artisan boutiques and a small playground. The glass factory (address Tehtaantie 3) with a viewing balcony was closed in the summer, but all other sights (address Könnölänmäentie 2) were open. I especially loved the two-storied glass museum. This world-famous glass factory manufactures classics of Finnish glass design, e.g. Aalto vases by Alvar Aalto and Kartio glasses by Kaj Frank. Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva have also worked in the factory. So it was very interesting to see many masterpieces in the museum. The museum also tells about tools and techniques of glassblowing. The outlet sells many famous Finnish trademarks, e.g. Iittala, Fiskars, Arabia and Hackman. Other boutiques include a pottery house, a jewelry store, a chocolate factory and so on. I found many interesting and even unique quality products here.…
Date of experience: July 2018
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kirsihaa wrote a review Jul 2017
Brussels, Belgium116 contributions22 helpful votes
Absolutely fabulous glass designs and porcelain. Worth to visit. Check before hand if the factory also open for viewing. In the area also many other handicraft shops and art exhibition. Surely something for everyone.
Date of experience: July 2017
Familyof4_2Boys2014 wrote a review Jul 2017
Calgary, Canada208 contributions57 helpful votes
FYI - the glass factory is closed until July 30th. The craft shops and chocolate making were an interesting and colourful stop. It was unfortunate that the glass factory is closed during the busy tourist season but still worth checking out.
Date of experience: July 2017
JaanaS682 wrote a review Aug 2016
Finland113 contributions26 helpful votes
If you visit the Iittala museum & outlet & other shops in the area, walk a few meters up the hill, past the ceramics shop, into an old wooden school building, where during May-Aug is a gallery full of Finnish naivist paintings & ceramics. 8 euros to enter, but to me it was worth it, brought a smile to my face. They also have a small shop, so you can see the style before paying the fee.…
Date of experience: August 2016