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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 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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
- Went here looking for something to do with the kids. Being 6 and 3 they got excited to see the rabbits all around but frustrated not to touch them. The place is special and well cared but avoid being there at evening or the mosquitos will really ruin the visit.
Ducks and a scoundrel squirrel also around just for you to know.Written 21 July 2015
- Urpola Nature Center (Urpolan luontokeskus) is quite interesting. It operates as Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark Center, too. There are small indoor exhibitions there. The stone exhibition is situated outdoors. The house named Pikku-Urpola is the oldest dwelling house in Mikkeli.
Urpola riverside (River Urpolanjoki) nature trail is 1.3 kilometers long. There are two campfire sites on the route. You may ask firewood from the nature center. They also lend pans for crepes, sausage sticks and campfire coffee pots from the nature center - and it is free! So this is a wonderful picnic place. You may also borrow rowing boats, SUP boards (stand up paddling), kayaks and life jackets. They are free, too! So it is easy to relax on Lake Urpolanlampi. Or actually it is a pond. Remember to check the opening hours of the nature center.
A swimming beach is situated 400 meters from the nature center and beach volleyball courts 700 meters from the nature center. It is also possible to walk a circle route around the pond (Lake Urpolanlampi).Written 16 July 2023