Best Free Things to Do in Lahti

THE 5 BEST Free Things to Do in Lahti

Best Free Things to Do in Lahti

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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Jokkis
    Oulu, Finland38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park has trafic park for pedal vehicles, playgrounds, castle etc. Area is large and all is free of charge. For adults there is huge amount of different plants to see. Park includes cafeteria. Minigolf is not free but there seems to be lots of tracks.
    Written 11 July 2019
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    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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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pikku-Vesijärvi is a large pond connected to Lake Vesijärvi. It is surrounded by a lush park.

    In the Kariniemi Arboretum, surrounding Pikku-Vesijärvi, you can find 45 different tree species to grow.

    There is a small pond where is Lahti Energia's water organ. It is also called the musical fountain of Lahti.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • MackHutton
    Lahti, Finland16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This shopping mall is located in the city center. It is conveniently connected to Scandic City Hotel.

    There are many shops, restaurants, and bars. On the ground floor is K-Supermarket grocery store.
    Written 2 December 2018
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