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  • LMP7366
    Aix-les-Bains, France59 contributions
    Visit the premises and admire the architecture. Enjoy an evening concert with great programmes of music.
    Written 10 January 2023
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,472 contributions
    Lahti Harbor (Lahden satama) is a summer paradise within walking distance from the city center of Lahti. The best walking route from the market square is along Vapaudenkatu Street and Kartanonkatu Street to the musical fountain and Pond Pikku-Vesijärvi and then walk along the lake shore. You see Kariniemi Arboretum and Kariniemi Fitness Stairs on the way before arriving to the harbor. The distance is about 1.5 kilometers (20 minutes). It is also possible to rent a city bike because there is a city bike station in the harbor, too. Also electric city bikes and electric scooters are available.

    There are interesting sights in Lahti Harbor: Sibelius Hall (a concert house with interesting architecture and art) and Pro Puu Center (high quality Finnish wooden products to see and buy). Read separate Tripadvisor reviews about these sights.

    There are nice cafeterias, bars and restaurants in Lahti Harbor. Some of them are restaurant boats and some of them are lakeside houses with good summer terraces. Lake view is fantastic. There is also a small playground for children next to Kahvila Kariranta (Cafe Kariranta).

    The best part of the harbor is a possibility to take part in interesting cruises. M/S Kymppi has cruises to the beautiful Enonsaari Island (30 minutes in one way, a round-trip ticket 20 euros). Read separate Tripadvisor reviews about Enonsaari.

    Päijänne Risteilyt Hilden is a cruising company which offers many different cruises. During the high season you can take part in daily lunch cruises (usually at 1 PM, 4 hours) and summer evening cruises (usually at 6 PM, 4 hours), not on Mondays and Sundays. Longer cruises go to Heinola (4½-5 hours in one way, two canals on the route, lunch buffet available), Jyväskylä (10 hours 30 minutes in one way) and Lahti (also 10 hours 30 minutes in one way). The cruise Lahti-Heinola-Lahti is possible during one day but it is also possible to have a cruise in one direction and jump on a scheduled bus to the other way. Besides, it is possible to travel only a fraction of the route: from Lahti to Vääksy Lock, from Lahti to Kalkkinen Lock or from Lahti to Kalkkinen Village. For example, you can book a cruise ticket from Lahti Harbor (9 AM) to the village of Kalkkinen (12 noon) and then back from Kalkkinen Village (3.50 PM) to Lahti Harbor (7 PM). Remember to check timetables.

    If you travel to Lahti, Lahti Harbor is the must sight, at least in summer. Scenery is beautiful but there are also interesting sights and activities there. So I highly recommend Lahti Harbor.
    Written 20 June 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    The Church of the Cross is designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. It was built in 1978.

    From outside it is not the prettiest churches in Finland. The building is dominated by a cross design formed by 52 windows and a massive belfry of concrete.

    The beautiful interior has a triangular form which directs the attention towards the altar. The interior has the same vibe as you can feel in the Finlandia House in Helsinki.

    The sculpture Spirit of Freedom by Wäinö Aaltonen stands in the cemetery for the war dead.

    The Lahti International Organ Festival is held here.
    Written 2 December 2018
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  • MackHutton
    Lahti, Finland16 contributions
    This house will be visited from further afield. Cafe / canteen on a flat lunch dining level. Guided tours worth a visit - available in several languages, guides professional. Interiors/exteriors worth seeing ...

    Some of the porters could be more friendly and take their customers into account: indoors, the sound of conversation and the voice of the conversation carries farther than you think - the criticism and other unnecessary buzz of fellow human beings could be left at home ...
    Written 23 April 2020
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This musical fountain or water organ is located in Kariniemi park next to Pikku-Vesijärvi.

    It was built by a Lahti-based energy company in 1997.

    Usually, there are 15-minute shows that consist of music and spectacular water jets. The music is from movies, musicals, and other well-known classics.

    At the moment probably because of the pandemic, the shows are paused but you can still admire the fountain.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    At the end of the Finnish Civil War in 1918, there was a prison camp called Fellman Field located at the site that is now called Fellman Park.

    The Monument to the Red Prisoners is a large-scale work of art designed by sculptor Erkki Kannosto in granite and bronze. It was unveiled in 1978, 60 years after the war.

    The memorial is based on an elevated square plane covered with granite tiles, with side dimensions of 14 meters. At the back of the level is a wide granite gate that rises to a height of more than 5 meters. On top of the level are five human figures over a three-meter-high bronze cast, four men and one woman, symbolizing the prisoners released from the camp.
    Written 6 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This striking monument can be found opposite the Lahti railway station on Marski Square.

    Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867–1951) was a very important Finnish military leader and statesman.

    This monument by Lahti-based sculptor Veikko Leppänen was revealed in 1959, about six months earlier than the Helsinki equestrian statue.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This bronze statue is a hero statue for the White soldiers who died in the 1918 Civil War.

    The statue by a known Finnish sculptor Viktor Jansson (the father of author Tove Jansson) was revealed in 1921 in the Town Hall Park.

    The statue depicts a nude male figure. The model was the young Elias Simelius who was later renamed Elias Simojoki, a priest and Member of Parliament as an IKL activist.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This striking work by sculptor Pentti Papinaho is centrally located south of Lahti Market Square, at the intersection of Aleksanterinkatu and Mariankatu.

    The sculpture was completed in 1975 and revealed in another location but it was transferred to the current location in 1991.

    It was unveiled for the second time on the Armed Forces Flag Day on June 4. The new location is more central. It is on a straight line between Lahti City Hall and the Church of the Cross.

    This rider statue is depicting two Hakkapeliittas returning home. The Hakkapeliittas were Finnish cavalry who served in the Swedish army, especially during the Thirty Years' War in 1618–1648.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,472 contributions
    Enonsaari is a beautiful island and an outdoor recreation area which belongs to Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark. The area of the nature reserve on the island is 15 hectares. There are two nature trails there (0.4 kilometers and 1.8 kilometers). You may see 60 bird species and beautiful plants. There are also a shallow sandy beach, a beach volley court, a campfire site, a lean-to shelter, a lakeside sauna (often free without any admission fee on Tuesdays) and a cafe on the island. Soup lunch is available in the cafe (closed on Mondays). The island is a marvelous picnic place, too.

    Boat transfers to Enonsaari are available from Lahti Harbor (30 minutes) and Messilä (10 minutes). Transfers are operated by Lahtis Lines (Tiirismaan Laivat). Departures from Lahti Harbor to Enonsaari are at 10 AM, 12 noon, 3 PM and 5 PM from Tuesday to Sunday (on Fridays and on Saturdays also at 6.45 PM). Departures from Messilä (Hollola) are at 11 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM from Tuesday to Sunday (on Fridays and on Saturdays also at 7.40 PM) in 2023. Remember to check timetables and possible changes. The price from Lahti to Enonsaari and back is 20 euros (children under 12 years 10 euros and a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children 40 euros). From Messilä to Enonsaari and back the price is 15 euros (children 7.5 euros and a family ticket 30 euros). It is also possible to rent a kayak from Vesisamoilijat in Kahvisaari and go to Enonsaari by kayak but you have to be familiar with kayaking.

    Besides, it also possible to stay overnight on Enonsaari Island. I didn't do that but I heard that they have small cottages and a historical villa available. A campsite of a tent costs 20 euros for the first night and after that 10 euros per night (including a possibility to use a shower and a toilet). Contact them by e-mail and you get more details and you can book your accommodation.

    Enonsaari is the true summer paradise of Lahti!
    Written 18 June 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    Jari Litmanen was born in Lahti in 1971. He played in Lahden Reipas, HJK and MyPa. Abroad he played in Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool, Hansa Rostock, and Malmö FF.

    Once considered one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world, he became the first Finnish football superstar while playing for Ajax in the mid-1990s. In 1995 Ajax won the Champions League.

    Jari Litmanen became the first Finnish team sports player to be honored with a statue. It stands at Kisapuisto (Lahti) where he started his career in the 1970s. The statue by sculptor Reijo Huttu was unveiled according to Litmanen's game number 10 on October 10, 2010.

    The statue was met with strong opposition including the Finnish Association of Sculptors: "The player is clumsy, the relationships between body, head, and limbs do not match and the feeling of movement has not been achieved."

    The following spring in 2011, the statue was subjected to vandalism. An attempt was made to burn the statue, its pedestal was dismantled, and it was stained with a white sticky substance that messed up the statue’s face. The statue was damaged in response to Litmanen's agreement with HJK.

    The statue was taken for restoration and restored to its place in May 2012.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This bronze statue by sculptor Yrjö Liipola was revealed in 1946 in the beautiful Town Hall park

    The statue is a monument for Lahti wood processing. The statue was donated by factory owner Aukusti Asko-Avonius. He was the founder of the Asko Group, a furniture manufacturer in Lahti.

    The statue depicts a shirtless logger with an ax wiping sweat on his forehead.

    The three reliefs on the pedestal of the statue depict a happy home, a carpenter and an apprentice, and a modern industrial plant.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This skier statue by sculptor Viktor Jansson was revealed in 1938. It depicts a bronze slender skier downhill, modeled by skier hero Tapani Niku. The statue is located at Lahti Sports Centre.

    Tapani Niku (1894–1989) won a bronze medal in the 18 km event at the 1924 Winter Olympics. He also won the 50 km race at the Lahti Ski Games in 1923–25.

    The statue was a donation from shoe manufacturer J. Mononen during the 1938 World Championships. It was a marketing trick for his ski shoe (= mono in Finnish) factory.
    Written 6 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    Siiri "Äitee" Rantanen (born in 1924, still alive in Lahti) is a known Finnish cross-country skier who competed during the 1950s and early 1960s. She competed in 1952, 1956, and 1960 Olympics and won a medal in each of them.

    Siiri Rantanen was the first Finnish female athlete to receive her own statue. The bronze statue by sculptor Toivo Pelkonen was unveiled in Lahti on March 6 1998 in connection with the Salpausselkä Games.
    Written 6 July 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    This fountain sculpture from 1987 by Finnish sculptor Kari Juva on a red granite pedestal is located in Church Park.

    The sculpture depicts four women holding plates above their heads. Water should have been flowing from these plates. On our visit, there was no water to be seen.

    The sculpture was a donation to the city of Lahti by the nearby Mallasjuoma beer factory on its 75th anniversary.
    Written 15 May 2022
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