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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Kenkävero is an interesting complex which consists of a free garden, some boutiques, the Cudgel War memorial, Santa's summertime hideaway, a restaurant and a lakeside cafe. Santa's summertime hideaway was a flop, just a small cottage and no Santa himself anywhere. But I loved boutiques and the beautiful garden. There were also some sheep and chickens in the garden. And my absolute favorite was the lakeside cafe (Rantakahvila or Rantapaviljonki). The interior was very stylish and they had a nice summer terrace, too. My smoothie and cheese cake were very delicious.
    Written 16 July 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    Mikkeli Cathedral was built in 1896–1897 in the Gothic Revival style. The bell tower is very high.

    The interior is also strikingly beautiful. The big organ was built in 1956 by Kangasala Organ Factory. The altar painting "Crucified" was made by a known Finnish painter Pekka Halonen in 1899.
    Written 21 July 2021
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  • Tomi N
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    One of great persons in the history of Finland. Commander of army, president, explorer, power figure. Army headquarters have been located in Mikkeli for ages so there is an extra meaning for him in Mikkeli.
    Written 22 July 2018
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Naisvuori Observation Tower (Naisvuoren näkötorni) is a great place to see the whole city center at one time. Buy extremely cheap tickets from the cafeteria and then you may climb up the stairs. There isn't any lift there. There are changing exhibitions on the second floor. This time there was a very interesting art exhibition there.

    On the top floor you see very beautiful views: the city center, lakes and forests. The tower is 27 meters tall and it is situated 71 meters above the surface of Lake Saimaa. The tower was built in 1911.
    Written 15 July 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    Headquarters Museum is now part of the Muisti Centre of War and Peace. On 4.6.2021, the birthday of Marshal Mannerheim, the new museum was opened. There are still some teething problems. On our visit, the air conditioning was working poorly and we had a sweaty quick visit. We didn't want to queue at several VR stations.

    The headquarters were located in a primary school that was opened as a museum in 1974. On the first floor of the building is Mannerheim’s modest workspace, a former teachers’ room. Marshal's glasses are left on the chief's desk. The wall clock shows the time of Mannerheim's death. Upstairs is an operational department with maps.
    Written 21 July 2021
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  • Jellona
    Vantaa, Finland1,490 contributions
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    Don't let the old building fool you, the museum is really worth visiting if you are interested in history and especially ww2. It has good displays about the Finnish civil war as well as the ww2 in Finland. In another building there are some special displays about UN troops etc.
    Written 23 August 2020
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    You can find this carriage next to the Mikkeli railway station.

    Marshal Mannerheim and his personnel used this 1930-built carriage in 1939-1946.

    The saloon car is open to the public once a year, on June 4. The day is both Mannerheim’s birthday and the Day of Finnish Defence’s Force.

    At other times, you can watch through the windows.
    Written 21 July 2021
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  • vermeulenkimberley
    Copenhagen, Denmark11 contributions
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    It looks like a forest from a fairytale. Sometimes it's a bit dangerous to ascend or descend, if you have little kids I think. You have a long and a shorter tour to walk.
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • 500Ramblers
    Mikkeli, Finland133 contributions
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    This museum is apiece of WW2 history. The idea of restoring the military communication centre in the middle of the city and near the headquarters is very special. It was totally ruined, but now restored in its original condition. The guide new everything of the history of telecommunication during the WW2. The ancient apparatus, some of them very rare ones are restored and the history becomes almost alive. The ladies and gentlemen who worked in these conditions during the war must be appreciated.
    Written 13 May 2019
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  • lmsk2014
    Helsinki, Finland905 contributions
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    There's a permanent small garden exhibition for the garden lovers to get ideas from - or for visitors to enjoy and kids to play in. Lots of well-kept lawn for picnics and playing - and a small, nice playground.

    On the other side of the lawn you can walk in the small woods and the lake-side.

    There's also a cafe.

    The Kenkävero vicarage is within walking distance.

    Written 27 August 2017
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    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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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Tertti's Garden (Tertin puutarha) is the garden of Tertti Manor (Tertin kartano). Actually Tertti Manor is a complex which consists of a restaurant, a separate cafe, a manor hotel, small boutiques and different garden areas. It is free to visit the herb garden and the arboretum (no any admission fee). Instead of it the wall garden is closed and it may be visited only sometimes.

    I loved visiting the herb garden and the arboretum. You also see some wooden artworks in the arboretum. Unfortunately tree species were not named in the arboretum. I would give the rating 5/5 if there were names and some other information next to each tree species. There is forestry education in Mikkeli and so I think that it would be easy to get names of all those tree species. The area is very beautiful but I would like to get more information about trees.
    Written 16 July 2023
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  • 500Ramblers
    Mikkeli, Finland133 contributions
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    This small gallery is located in a cowshed near Kyyhkylä rehabilitation Centre, just some kilometres from the City Centre. It is quite near the Gof Court. There are also a couple of restaurants in the area. The pieces of art are created by do-it-yourself principles and they are touching, funny and cute. The made me happy. This place is worth visiting
    Written 5 June 2019
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    This church was designed by the Italy-born architect Charles Bassi. The 1817-completed church is one of the largest wooden churches in Finland. It has two crosses on the floor plan.
    Written 21 July 2021
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