Mikkeli

Mikkeli is a quaint, historical city situated on the shores of the fourth largest lake in Europe, Lake Saimaa.
Only 2,5 hours away from Helsinki, Mikkeli is also easily reachable by public transport. In Mikkeli, you will find the perfect mix of nature experiences, history and local life.

Mikkeli served as the headquarters of the Finnish Defence Forces in all the wars that have been fought during Finland´s independence.Today city’s many museums and exhibitions tell the story of Mikkeli’s significance in the history of Finland. From June 2021
you can experience Mikkeli´s military history with new eyes in interactive exhibitions of science center Muisti, the Center of War and Peace.

Because of a long military and government history there are lots of manor houses in the region. The manors with their beautiful gardens offer an interesting insight into the days gone by, coupled with varied events, shopping opportunities and fresh, local food. In addition to manors and gardens Mikkeli region is a holiday paradise with 30 000 summer cottages with beach saunas.
Mikkeli region is also for nature lovers. Visit historical Astuvansalmi rock paintings or hike up Neitvuori mountain for stunning lakeland views. Take a breather in the city’s many urban parks - or if you want action, try stand up paddling and canoeing or cross-country skiing and tour skating on natural ice just a few minutes away from the city centre.