Vaasa The Essential
Recommended
Nordic in ambience, this port dates from the early 14C when Swedish sailors established a settlement on an island in the gulf of Bothnia. By the late 14C they had built Korsholm Castle. In 1606, Charles IX granted a charter to Korsholm and renamed it Vaasa in honour of the Swedish dynasty. Destroyed by fire in 1852, it was rebuilt 6km to the west in Empire and neo-Renaissance styles, augmented by the advent of modernism in the 1960s. Revell, one of Finland's great 20C architects, was from Vaasa.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Vaasa
Österbottens Museum
Österbottens Museum
Cast brass doors (1929) lead into the
120 minutes
Tikanoja Museum
Tikanoja Museum
The Vaasa businessman, Frithjof Tikanoja
120 minutes
Old Vaasa
Old Vaasa
This is the site of Korsholm, or old
60 minutes
Town hall of Vaasa
Town hall of Vaasa
Built in 1883 in neo-Renaissance style
30 minutes
Rewell Center
Rewell Center
This group of commercial buildings, on
30 minutes