10 Things to Do in Vaasa That You Shouldn't Miss

October 25, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Vaasa (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈʋɑːsɑ]; Swedish: Vasa, IPA: [ˈvɑːsɑ]) is a city on the west coast of Finland. It received its charter in 1606, during the reign of Charles IX of Sweden and is named after the Royal House of Vasa. Vaasa has a population of 66,876 (31 August 2017) (approximately 120,000 in the Vaasa sub-region), and is the regional capital of Ostrobothnia (Swedish: Österbotten, Finnish: Pohjanmaa).
Restaurants in Vaasa

1. Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum

Museokatu 3, Vaasa 65100, Finland +358 6 3253800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum

Reviewed By AdventurePhiles - Dallas, Texas

This is a wonderful museum. It houses the Hedman collection and this used to be their home. There are period rooms and hundreds of art works, Finnish and some masters, including an Etruscan piece. There are ceramics and silver as well. The Hedmans had a large and varied collection. There are details in multiple languages in each of the rooms. The museum also has a geological history, including an excellent 15 minute video in several languages. Natural history of the region is another interesting section. The people at the desk are well informed and one of them described the Hedmans in great detail for us. We would never have known about the Etruscan piece had he not searched us out and offered to answer questions. We really appreciated that.

Museokatu 3, Vaasa 65100, Finland +358 3 5863253800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Terranova

Reviewed By Ashok-Seenu - Singapore

Terranova is one of three permanent exhibits in the OstroBothnian Museum. We visited the museum specifically to see Terranova and it did not disappoint. The presentation of the geological phenomenon of the Kvarken Archipelago was engaging and interesting. We also learnt a lot about the Gulf of Bothnia, the Bothnian Sea and the Baltic Sea and what makes them special. The ecology, the flora and the fauna of the region were also interestingly presented. Best of all, it was compact and not too complicated or detailed for a lay person. We would highly recommend Terranova for anyone interested in geography (not necessarily just the region). It is possibly the best museum dedicated to geography and geology that we have seen anywhere.

Loisketie | Center of Meteorite Impact, Vaasa, Finland +358 45 6324024
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Meteoriihi

Reviewed By htukk - BC,

This site is well worth visiting as it has a great physical/visual timeline of the AU's and the size of the planets along Loisketie (road) for relative enormity of the size of the sun and the other planets and their relative sizes. The Observatory was NOT open when we visited, but apparently has a telescope inside for studying celestial bodies hundreds of millions of light years out into the universe. There is an observation tower on site that is open all the time and provided us with great views of the magnitude of the impact zone and the birds that feed in the fields.

4. Kaupungintalo - City Hall

Senaatinkatu 1, Vaasa 65100, Finland
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Kaupungintalo - City Hall

Reviewed By Aviv S

Well worth going in to get a flavor of older Vaasa. One gets a sense of why Vaasa served as capital for a while. Walk up the staircase, look at the main hall, then go out and appreciate the building

Kesaepolku 1, Vaasa 65170, Finland +358 20 7961300
Excellent
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3.5 based on 81 reviews

Tropiclandia

Reviewed By Turf F

Tropiclandia has seen its best days, there is no denying it. Still, on a warm and sunny day, the addon value from the outdoor park is significant. But, on a colder day, you will be pushed back inside by the cold winds blowing from the nearby sea. Interior is showing wear and tear, but the pool itself is nice and warm. They should really consider cutting down the entry price (23e per person, also from kids) as that is just too high for this place. Maybe that's why during our visit the spa was quite empty.

6. Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art

Sisaesatama, Vaasa 65100, Finland +358 6 3253920
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art

Reviewed By MC0777 - Oulu, Finland

This art museum is big and architecturally beautiful building. This time there was an exhibiton of one person. Luckily I visited in there during the celebration of Vaasa, so there we no entrance fee - like usually. The place has a small museum shop, but this time the cafeterias was not open.

7. Stromso

Stromsontie, Vaasa, Finland
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3.5 based on 19 reviews

Stromso

Reviewed By ExpTravellerOulu - Oulu, Finland

For Finns it would be nice to see the location where the TV-program Stromso is being done, but that's all about this place. There are better Beaches in Vaasa than Stromso.

8. Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

Myllykatu 18, Vaasa 65100, Finland
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

Reviewed By Timo4 - Laihia

This collection of veteran cars, engines and motorcycles have spacious facilities in an old factory building. It has good selection of motorsports cars and marine engines. There are also for example old repair shop equipment and old radios. There could be more normal cars - there are about 30 now.

9. Wasaline

Satamaterminaali 1, Vaasa 65170, Finland +358 20 7716816
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3.5 based on 43 reviews

Wasaline

Reviewed By michaelhX5168SN - Malua Bay, Australia

Took up this option instead of a long drive to Sweden. I'm not good on boats & was somewhat apprehensive. Arrived over an hour early as we were advised because we had a car. Loading process was slow until someone finally opened a 2nd payment gate. Once aboard we were able to find a meal, sit & try to relax. Poor guy at Information counter just had no idea when speaking to (or at least trying to!) an Australian & just created more confusion.
Other than that, the trip was good. The unloading process went smoothly & was quite quick.
Far better than a 12 or more hours drive from Vassa to get into Sweden......

10. Bragen ulkoilmamuseo

Hietalahti, Vaasa 65350, Finland +358 44 0127166
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Bragen ulkoilmamuseo

Reviewed By Urmas U

Great way to explore life in old times. Worth to pay extra for guided tour. Great way to spend little over an hour in History of old time farm life.

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