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The city of Joensuu

The city of Joensuu was founded by the Czar Nicholas I of Russia in 1848. Today Joensuu is the capital of the region of North Karelia and has much to offer tourists. Joensuu City Hall (1914), designed by Eliel Saarinen, has always been an important part of the Joensuu cityscape. Nowadays the building houses the city's central government, the Joensuu City Theatre and the Theatre Restaurant. Joensuu Art Museum ONNI, located on Kirkkokatu, is a treasure trove with its permanent collections, changing exhibitions and icon collection. In Carelicum, across from the Market Square you'll find the exhibitions of the North Karelian Museum as well as Carelicum Services.

The Joensuu City Orchestra offers high-quality concerts for all music lovers and a must for young people is Ilosaarirock in July. Botania is a botanical garden and tropical butterfly garden with also an outdoor garden open year-round. Joensuu has a relatively young population, thanks to the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and large number of other educational institutions.

Founded1848
Distance to Helsinki460 km
Flights from Helsinki (per day)2-5
Railway station1 km
Distance to Koli70 km
Distance to Kuopio136 km

THE MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS IN JOENSUU

Taitokortteli is a handcraft and culture quarter in the center of Joensuu -  Taitokortteli

Taitokortteli is a handcraft and culture quarter in the center of Joensuu

Taitokortteli

The diverse services include a café, multiple boutiques and shops and a craft centre as well as high-quality exhibitions and other events that are arranged at the premises. The enjoyable environment and the atmosphere of the old wood house quarter invite you to spend time in this unique milieu in the centre of the city all year round.

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 - Joensuu Art Museum Onni

Joensuu Art Museum Onni

Joensuu Art Museum Onni is situated in the centre of Joensuu, exhibiting its own collections as well as several temporary exhibitions every year.

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 - North Karelian Museum Hilma

North Karelian Museum Hilma

Of special interest is the collection of the Sortavala Museum, evacuated during the Second World War. A wide photographic collection related to North Karelia and Karelia on the other side of the border, the Ladoga Karelia.

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 - Fun for the whole family

Fun for the whole family

Places to visit & things to do.

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Joensuu Event Calendar

What's happening in Joensuu?

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Botania event garden

Naturally brilliant.
Botania is an event garden full of exciting events and beautiful plants. Take a break from your everyday routines. We offer a taste of mystique in a unique environment, as well as daily events for the whole family all year round.

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Ilosaarirock 12. – 14.7.2019

Joensuu

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Taitokortteli

- Näyttää mitä osataan ja kun tekijällä on merkitystä. Matkailu-, käsityö- ja kulttuurikorttelin löydät torin laidalta.

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Botania - Valohoitoa ja virkistäytymistä

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