One of the largest collections of historic buildings in Finland, each moved here from somewhere else, is on the island of Seurasaari, a national park. Representing the tastes and evolution of Finnish architecture through the centuries, the collection includes a 17th-century church, an 18th-century gentleman's manor house, and dozens of oddly diverse farm buildings. There's also an old-fashioned "aboriginal" sauna.
The verve associated with this collection of historic, free-standing buildings is most visible during the summer months, when you can visit the interiors, and when an unpretentious restaurant serves coffee, drinks, and platters of food. Although the buildings are locked during the winter months, you can still view the exteriors and explore on foot the park that surrounds them. A stroll through this place in the wintertime is not as far-fetched an idea as you might think; the park is favored by strollers and joggers even during snowfalls.
- © Frommer's 2013
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