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Vaasa

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Popular things to do in Vaasa

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Brewery
Bock’s Corner Brewery
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Park
Tropiclandia
2.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Specialty Museum
Terranova
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Vaasa 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 (approximately 120,000 in the Vaasa sub-region), and is the regional capital of Ostrobothnia (Österbotten, Pohjanmaa).The city is bilingual with of the population speaking Finnish as their first language and speaking Swedish. The surrounding Ostrobothnia municipalities have a Swedish-speaking majority.HistoryNameOver the years, Vaasa has changed its name several times, due to alternative spellings, political decisions and language condition changes. At first it was called Mustasaari or Mussor after the village where it was founded in 1606, but just a few years later the name was changed to Wasa to honor the royal Swedish lineage. Mustasaari (Finnish) or Korsholm (Swedish) remains as the name of the surrounding mostly rural municipality, which since 1973 surrounds the city. The city was known as Wasa between 1606 and 1855, Nikolaistad (Swedish) and Nikolainkaupunki (Finnish) between 1855 and 1917, Vasa (Swedish) and Vaasa (Finnish) beginning from 1917, with the Finnish spelling of the name being the primary one from ca 1930 when Finnish speakers became the majority in the city.FoundationThe history of Korsholm (Mustasaari) and also of Vaasa begins in the 14th century, when seafarers from the coastal region in central Sweden disembarked at the present Old Vaasa, and the wasteland owners from Southwest Finland came to guard their land. Take stress off the schedule by using our Finland online travel route planner.

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World heritage site
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site Korsholm
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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Theme Park
Powerpark Harma
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Shopping Mall
Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen Tuuri
2.3
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Arctic Museum Nanoq Pietarsaari
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Vaasa

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Specialty Museum
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Observatory
Meteoriihi
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Kaupungintalo - City Hall
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Mustasaaren kirkko
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Vaasa

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Historic Site
Stromso
2.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Huutoniemen kirkko
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Vaasa

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Art Gallery
Tikanoja Art Museum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Bragen ulkoilmamuseo
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Vaasa

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Theme Park
Wasalandia
1.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Hietasaaren uimaranta
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

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