Riihimaki Tourist Attractions
30km/18mi south of Hämeenlinna is the industrial town of Riihimäki (pop. 26,000), a railroad junction where two important lines from Helsinki separate, one going to Tampere and the other to Lahti. In the Riihiraitti open-air museum there are exhibits dating from the beginning of the railroad age in Finland. The country's first railroad line, between Riihimäki and Hyvinkää, was opened in 1867, and five years later the whole line between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna was in service.Riihimäki is also noted for its numerous sports teams.
Tervakoski - Puuhamaa Children's Park
From Hämeenlinna Road 3 (E 12) runs south, coming in 20km/12.5mi to Tervakoski, with the Puuhamaa children's park (over 50 entertainment facilities for both children and adults).
The Glass Museum, housed in an old glassworks in Riihmäki adapted for the purpose by the Finnish artist Tapio Wirkkala, and the Finnish Hunting Museum. The town's landmark and emblem is a water-tower of 1952 (viewing platform).
Address: Tehtaankatu 23, SF-11910 Riihimäki, Finland
Opening hours: Feb 1 to Dec 31: 10am-6pm
Always closed on: May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Independence Day - Finland (Dec 6), Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee in EUR: Family €12.00, Adult €6.00, Students €4.00, Senior €4.00, Child 16 & under €3.00
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
The Riihimäki summer concerts have been described as part of the music festival elite and feature a different theme every year. The festival takes place in June.The Festival includes vocal and instrumental concerts and the venues range from traditional halls to Riihimäki art galleries.
Hunting Museum of Finland
The Hunting Museum of Finland displays Finnish hunting culture from the Stone Age to modern times. Exhibits include the camp of a Stone Age hunter, hunt for wild reindeer, the fur trade and sealing.
Riihimäki Art Museum
The Riihimäki Art Museum highlights an exhibition of Finnish 20th century art from a collection donated by a prominent Finnish art and antiques dealer. There are also foreign paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries.