Art and architecture, Parks and landscapes
Address: Rantakatu 50, 92100 Raahe
Kari Juva Sculpture Park
The sculpture park consisting of sculptor Kari Juva’s works was established in Raahe in the summer of 2008. Constructed in the Raatihuoneenpuisto park, it contains 19 pieces.
Born in Helsinki in 1939, Kari Juva lives in Espoo. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Pyhäjoki and Raahe, among other locations. Juva’s art can also be enjoyed at Pyhäjoki Church, for which he designed the wall relief “Ten Virgins” in the 1970s, and in front of the Town Hall, where the bronze piece “Pauhalla” (On the Shoal) is located. Its miniature, the Pauhavene boat can be found in the Town Hall’s ball room.
Category: Art and architecture, Parks and landscapes
The Old Raahe
The Old Raahe is one of the best preserved wooden towns in Finland. The old wooden town part is a unique example of the Finnish tradition of building towns of wood. The decision to preserve the Old Raahe took effect in 1977. Since then about hundred main buildings have been renovated. There are about 350 preserved buildings in Old Raahe.
Old Raahe is not an open-air museum but a living town part. It is an excellent example of the past millennium construction history
and the living conditions through the centuries up to the present da
Address: Brahenkatu 10, Raahe
Phone: +358 (0)46 920 5736
The home of the Utuan sydän brand, which represents elegant Finnish design, can be found by Pekkatori Square in Old Raahe. Designer Piia Vähäsalo’s studio is located in an amazing setting in connection to her shop/showroom on Brahenkatu. Enveloped in the smell of genuine leather, the shop provides an excellent opportunity to browse the diverse and colourful Utua range. Utua’s selection includes high-quality leather products from purses, wallets and rucksacks to accessories. The leather products are made from high-quality Italian leather and hand sewn at a small Greek atelier. The production batches are small, so the range is updated several times a year. You can purchase the products in the shop or order them online. Welcome!
Address: Kirkkokatu 28, Raahe
Phone: +358 (0)10 277 4550
Hotel Raahen Hovi
Hotel, restaurant and conference services in the very heart of the town! At this modern city hotel, comfort and satisfaction are guaranteed! The downtown services and shopping streets are right outside the door, and the beautiful sea and the historical Old Raahe district are but a short walk away. Raahen Hovi is also part of the Tapahtumatalo event services arrangement that provides a window into the vibrant cultural life in Raahe.
Accommodation in the centre of town
Raahen Hovi is the place to enjoy any special moment in your life! Our hotel features 123 elegantly decorated rooms, six of which are suites. The newest rooms were completed in 2017. The rooms are located in three blocks, all in the immediate vicinity of the main building. All of our room prices include a generous buffet breakfast, free parking and Wi-Fi.
Eat well and relax
Our restaurant serves delicious à la carte dishes and refreshments, and you can also take a breather in our laid-back pub. The hotel features an excellent sauna section, which can also be rented for private events. We are happy to tailor the conference room, catering or a comprehensive conference package to your specific needs. We are also well-equipped to provide accommodation for groups and people working on long-term projects.
Conference services for teams small and large
Raahen Hovi conference rooms and services: The Brahe conference room provides an excellent setting for a variety of meetings and training events, even for larger groups of up to 60 people. The amenities include appropriate AV equipment and wireless internet. The furniture can be arranged into a variety of table layouts. The Narri conference room is located on the lowest floor of the main building in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant. It provides seating for 60 people, wireless internet access and modern AV equipment. Our comfortable sauna section can be reserved for private use by groups of up to 15 people. The space is perfect for both get-togethers and meetings.Intended for a maximum of six people, the Pikku Paroni room provides a wonderful setting for smaller meetings of two to five people. You can order catering to any of our conference rooms.
Category: Restaurant, Nightlife, Whole family, Hotel, Kokous ja juhla
About the storyteller
My name is Sari Nurro, born and bread in Raahe, ex-pat having lived in New York and the metropolises of West Africa. Why Raahe? Because it is safe and compassionate and provides roots for growing for my daughter. I am Chairperson of the Raahe Association for the Local History and Tradition
Vanha Raahe ja Langin kauppahuone
Pakkahuoneen museo ja Laivapatruunin koti
Ahon Limousin tila, Helena ja Pasi Kukkonen, Tuomioja
Hai Long Torni Kiinalainen ravintola
Raahen Teatteri ja Tapahtumatalo Raahen ohjelmisto
#TOSIRAKKAUDELLA Boho mystery lover of the North
My Raahe is equivalent to Manhattan’s Chelsea historical district but on the West Coast of Finland. It is the Porvoo of Northern Finland, where a diverse population co-exists from all walks of life - workers, artists, hipsters, tree huggers. A place where everyone has a decent life, creativity flourishes and even goofy experiments take place.
My Raahe is the city of the Queen and other strong female personalities.
My Raahe is the city of the Queen and other strong female personalities. Determined ja liberal Christina ruled as Queen of Sweden when Raahe was founded in 1649 by the Count Pehr Brahe. Already then Raahe was a vibrant merchant area which thrived on the idea of global trade. Also Ms. Sophia Lybecker’s, a philantropist daughter to a wealthy 19th century businessman, intellectual and social heritage has remained strong in the city, where a person in dire straits is helped rather than further punished.
Diverse and strong industrial base has been the backbone of Raahe throughout its history. It means smooth sailing of daily life for city’s modern inhabitants who rarely suffer from electric or water system failures, not even during blizzards or stormy weathers.
Everything I need here is literally within a walking or canoeing distance
In the heart of Raahe is the countryside, the nature and vibrant cultural life. This literally means a walking or canoeing distance. Locally produced food is easily available. In winter time, exotic Arctic glaciers and ice formations on the sea are within easy reach. Fresh fish from the local fishermen is a fabulous delight to taste. Smoked whitefish is my favourite, as well as brown bread à la Mannerheim, topped with whitefish roe, pickled cucumber, onion slices and sour cream. The Bay of Bothnia never ceases to take my breath away, its rugged beauty during winter time, its soft sand dunes in the summer and clean beaches to swim, as well as the annual Raahe Jazz on the Beach events on the shores.
The old quartiers are again filled with kids’ play and laughter
When Raahe’s historical district has flourished usually the whole city has been well-off. Young families are again moving to the historical district and the old quartiers are nowadays filled with kids’ play and laughter. Historical district attracts inhabitants both from the nearby areas, as well as from global megacities. My ancestry in Raahe area dates back for hundreds of years, although I have lived in New York and West Africa for many years. I returned to my childhood city as it is safe and humane, providing ancestral roots to my daughter.
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About the storyteller
My name is Tiina Tiirola, and I was born and raised in the village of Pirttikoski in Pyhäjoki. I have lived in other parts of the world but my heritage always drew me back. I work in Pyhäjoki and live in the village centre with my family. Even so, my home will always be Pirttikoski. I am the secretary of the Pirttikoski village association and, as one of the village residents, I do my best to help the local community.
#WITHTRUELOVE Deep roots by the Pyhäjoki River
Although I currently live in the Pyhäjoki village centre, my identity is strongly tied to the village of Pirttikoski. Looking back on the summers of my childhood, the first thing that comes to mind is playing and swimming in the river. We were free to enjoy ourselves how we liked. No adults had the time to come watch over us, with all the work to be done on the fields or in the cowshed. We, too, took part in the work tasks since early childhood, but whenever we had a moment to spare, we went to the river to swim – or just play and have fun.
The river is what still draws me to the area. The allure never fades despite the transitions from warm summer days, colourful autumn nights, clear wintry weather to springtime. The atmosphere by the river never stays the same for long. The mind stays calm witnessing the peaceful movement of the water and the colours of the sky reflected on its surface. And the rapids have an appeal of their own.
Experience life on the river and its banks from near and far
The river is always full of life. You can watch fish dart around in the water and observe birds, such as swans, mallards or other weary travellers from afar, nesting on the banks. The best way to experience the river is to get on it with a row boat, canoe or SUP board. In the winter, the river is ideal for skiing and hiking. The tracks criss-crossing on the snow reveal that the area is full of all manner of wildlife. In the spring, you can experience the awesome power of nature as the ice breaks and is carried away by the strengthening current. You can also see migratory birds and new leaves sprouting from tree branches. In the autumn, the water reflects the wonderful colours of nature, multiplying their beauty.
Following the river from the village centre home to Pirttikoski
The roads on the banks of Pyhäjoki River are ideal for observing life and seasonal changes in the environment. They are perfect for hiking and biking. You can follow the northern bank from the village centre to Pirttikoski and return along the southern bank. This amounts to about 18 km of travel. Those looking for a longer route can continue along the river from Pyynpuho all the way to Hellaamäki. In the summer, the swimming spot by the Kuusiniemi bridge in Pirttikoski provides a wonderful place to rest and relax. You can take a swim, roast some sausages on an open fire or use the eco-toilets. You can also sit in the swing and simply enjoy the river flowing by. Should you want to get on the river itself, a boat provided by the village association is available at the beach. You can hop in it and row from the Antin koski rapids to the Tirilän koski rapids to, once again, gain an entirely new perspective on the river.
Flowing beauty at all hours through the seasons
Pyhäjoki is so much more than just any river. It cuts through the Pirttikoski village, with a small island at the heart of the village centre, and continues on its path towards the sea. It is a sight to be experienced regardless of the season – a sight that can also demonstrate its devastating power during flood season. The river is a monument to the beauty of nature that can be enjoyed at all hours and in all seasons, with the proper respect to the environment and the flowing waters.
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Culture and history, Sights
Pehr Brahe statue
Pekkatori square is a pivotal part of the Old Raahe. This square, representing the closed corner square type and conforming to the ideals of Italian Renaissance, was included in the town plan designed by Gustaf Odenwall after Raahe burned down in 1810. Soon after the fire, several exceptionally unified business buildings representing the construction fashion of the 19th century were built around the square. The buildings have been preserved with meticulous care up to the present day. In the middle of the square there is a statue of Count Per Brahe, Queen Kristina’s governor general, made by Walter Runeberg. The statue was erected in 1888 and has been looking towards the sea for over 120 years. Last year Pekkatori square was restored.
Category: Culture and history, Sights, Art and architecture
Address: Siikajoentie 30, Revonlahti
Phone: +358 (0)45 884 3685
Built as a clergy house in 1822, the Revonlahden Kotiseututalo building is a beautiful and unique celebration venue where you can hold wonderful weddings and other family events. The building is also available year-round for meetings and training events. It features four halls and seats about 70 people.
The historical estate includes a large, with an atmospheric summer café at the far end as well as a salt storehouse and vaulted cellar from the 18th century. The yard area also holds a sauna, a barbecue pavilion, a shelter for an open fire, a lean-to and a swing for children. The clergy house and the buildings in the yard area are among the valuable cultural history sites in Northern Ostrobothnia.
Around the building, you can sense the air of the victorious battle of the Finnish War that was fought in the area in 1808. Reminders of the time include bullet holes in the walls of the salt storehouse and the stone on which General Bulatov sat wounded after surrendering to the enemy. Accommodations in Revonlahti are provided by Nest Taukokartano.
Category: Wellness, Outdoors, Whole family, Culture and history, Kokous ja juhla
BOOK HERE Botnia Outdoor
Phone: +358 (0)50 370 7111
#TIP Adventure island
How would you feel about a day of adventure on an island away from the bustle of the city, like something you may have experienced in your childhood? Most of us have read exciting stories in which the protagonists – the robinson crusoes of the world – overcome the perils of the wilderness with nothing but a pocket knife. Now you can experience an adventure of your very own on Iso-Kraaseli Island safely under the safe guidance of professional instructors. On the adventure trail, you can taste excitement by trying your hand at axe throwing, crossing a stream on a raft of backpacks, lighting a campfire, archery and rescue operations.
You will also get to glimpse inside an old pilot’s house built in 1906, which was used for guiding ships to the Raahe port and the open sea. Right next to it is one of the few surviving lightless lighthouses on the Finnish coast, which was built in 1852.
Duration about 6 h
Group size 6–34 persons
Includes boat transport to Iso-Kraaseli Island, 2.3 km nature trail under the guidance of an instructor. The lunch will consist of a tasty soup or meatballs and, to close off the day, we will brew some campfire coffee. The equipment and guidance required for the adventure trail are included in the price of the trip.
Price starting at € 115/person.
Extra services e.g. catering on the island or onboard the boat.
Available between May and October
In cooperation with
Category: Outdoors, Tips, Guides