It is the focal point of many events all year round. Throughout the winter, people go ice-hole fishing, skating, excursion skating and skiing in the harbour.
There, you can drop in to eat at different restaurants, listen to music at concerts in the Sibelius Hall, or enjoy delicious baked goodies at cafes on the harbour.
Right across lake Vesijärvi this congress and concert centre, completed in March 2000, is the biggest public building to be built of wood in Finland for a century.
The association called Pro Puu was founded in Lahti in 1997. Based on the guild principle, it is a rendezvous for wood craftsmen, designers and other professionals in the wood sector. Pro Puu operates in Tikkula, a former matchstick factory situated on Lahti Harbour. These fine premises house the association’s gallery, shop, office and design rooms, and a woodcraft workshop.
On Pikku-Vesijärvi, near the harbour, are the Musical Fountains constructed by the company Lahti Energia in 1997. Water, lights and music are combined into a delightful symphony, which is at its most impressive on the dark evenings of autumn and winter. The performances are at 19.00. Performances can also be ordered.
Lanu Sculpture Park
The artist Prof. Olavi Lanu’s Sculpture Park is within walking distance from the harbour, in the Kariniemi Park. There, in a beautiful natural setting, are 12 human figures sculpted out of reinforced concrete. This park, with its statues, is definitely worth a visit.
The Casseli is a high-quality dining and social restaurant very close to the Sibelius Hall. The menu and matching wine list are changed three times a year. There are splendid views from the restaurant straight out onto Lake Vesijärvi.
The flagship of the Wooden Architecture Park, the cafe-restaurant Piano Pavilion designed by architect Gert Wingårdh starts its second summer season in a good spirit. The amazingly beautiful cafe of wood and glass is partially on water at the Lahti Passenger Harbour. Piano Pavilion’s doors will be open daily during the entire summer, starting on May 1st.