The milieu of Janakkala village with its medieval stone church, crofter’s museum, summer cafés and nature trails offers you an enjoyable trip to history. Those with nimble feet can on the same trip climb to the top of the gorgeous castle hill of Hakoinen for a picnic. Nature is close everywhere in Janakkala. You only need to take a few steps away from the suburban asphalt and you can already dive into the arms of a mossy forest. Nature in Janakkala offers not only breathtaking views from rigdes and castle hills, damp marshlands with duckboards, fascinating canoe routes, numerous swimming and campfire places and wilderness scenery with its forest ponds, but also illuminated outdoor routes for brisk walks or cross-country skiing.
Napiala Old School
Here you will find a Finnish school museum and variety of charming events, such as Napulele -Ukulele festifal in August. Visits to School museum have to be booked beforehand and there are open doors at the events.
During your visit you can have lunch either in the classroom or in the museum yard. There is also a barbeque area and clean outdoor toilets at your disposal.
Hyvikkälä Shop Museum
Shop museum, café and factory shop are all located nearby Hyvikkälä's old school. In the remarkable collection of the museum you can find artifacts and products from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970's. Museum is open on separately informed days in the summer. Contact by phone. Free admission.
Kalpalinna since 1939
Karl Ebb founded 1939 alpine skiing pistes as second in Finland to Kiianlinna, Kalpalinna area. Those pistes got first ski lift in Finland.
Eino and Osmo Kalpala founded 1964 Kalpalinna Ski resort and Kiianlinna was joined to resort. This ski resort was first in Finland with artificial snow guns.
Kalpalinna ownership changed in May 2019 for new owners and the action of resort will be expanded to 365/7 extreme sports centre.
Puuhamaa Theme Park
In Puuhamaa Theme Park there are a whole lot of things to do and to see! In the waterpark area of Puuhamaa you will find all the slides and pools one could ask for. The wildest daredevils face the challenges of the Crazy pipe or Surfing hill, while the more relaxed ones enjoy the steams of sauna or gentle splashes of the Tube river. At the park area you can ride boats and motor rides that will offer the thrill of speed and splashes of water for the young and the old. In addition there are variety of other attractions, such as Niagara-slides, loopster, miniature golf, softball cannons and many other gadgets. Puuhamaa Theme park also has tree restaurants and two kiosks.
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Laurinmäki area is a true treasure filled with history, culture and Finnish nature, located in a village surrounding the Janakkala medieval stone church.
From the historical nature and culture site one can find ancient artifacts from Iron Age, trenches from World War 1 and Laurinmäki Crofter’s Museum. The open air museum offers a chance for a time travel stroll to the daily life of a crofter family in the late 19th century.
Laurinmäki nature trail starts from the Crofter’s Museum and follows a two-kilometer route in a beautifully diverse forest. The trail leads a hiker to the top of rocky Määkynmäki from which there are spectacular views to the direction of Lake Kernaala and Hakoinen Castle Hill. There is also a shorter trail that leads to an old, protected pine tree.
During summer months there is a charming Culture café in the old, wooden Yellow House. Concerts and other cultural events are organized in the area all year round. Summertime also brings along the adorable summer guests, Finnish sheep and cows to the riverside field of Räikälänjoki.
Hakoinen Castle Hill
The strikingly steep Castle Hill of Hakoinen rises from the Hakoinen manor landscape. On top of the hill there was a medieval fortification that might have been the first Häme Castle (Tavastehus). Although the Castle is now long gone and there are just some ruins left, the defence outlooks are still easy to imagine.
As a reward for the climb, Hakoinen Castle offers stunning views in all directions. What a great place for a summer picnic!
Nearby Hangastenmäki has also turned out to be a Castle hill on the basis of archaelogical findings, maybe it has been in use in the same period of time as Hakoinen?
Hakoinen Manor House
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Ida Aalberg Museum
Ida Aalberg (4 December 1857 – 17 January 1915) was the most notable and internationally known Finnish actress of her time. She was a member of the Theatre of Finland from 1874 to 1883 and later a regular visiting actress. She also performed on foreign scenes, in Scandinavia, Germany, Hungary and Russia among others.
Ida Aalberg Museum is located in Janakkala, Leppäkoski between the railroad and Leppäkoski school. The former railway master's house, which serves as a museum building, is protected as a site of national importance. The house is a complete rarity among railway buildings. It was built during the first phase of Finland's oldest railwaytrack and was already inhabited in 1862 by then-track master Antti Ahlberg. He was the father of the future star, actor Ida Aalberg. The house was in the possession of the Ahlbergs until the early 20th century.
The building has housed the Ida Aalberg Museum since 1976. Museum's exhibition aims to highlight the unique history of the museum building and the importance of the railways for both Ida Aalberg's career and the village of Leppäkoski. The exhibition honors the life and career of Ida Aalberg, both as an international artist and as a private person born in Janakkala. The museum is open in July and by prior arrangement.
Haukankallio hill in the village of Leppäkoski forms a wall-like cliff on the edge of Puujoki valley. There are spectacular views on Tavastian landscape from the hill. Haukankallio was also the favorite place of actress Ida Aalberg who was born in Leppäkoski. You can choose to climb up slightly steep hillside trails or following a bit easier trails from the back of the hill. There is a really pretty grove underneath the rock at the feet of the cliff.
At Lake Mallinkaistenjärvi, there is a municipality-owned forested hiking area, where you can find beautiful lakeshore for swimming and three open air fireplaces with lean-to's. In many places along the trails following the lakeside, there are great steep rocks such as Valskerinkallio. At Saparonniemi grows ash trees and forest lindens that are protected by Nature Conservation Act.
Someronlähde spring and ridges
There is an extensive sequence of longitudinal ridges going from Hausjärvi through Janakkala and all the way to Hämeenlinna. The ridges were formed after the ice age when melting water separated different soils from each other. The rougher grounds formed ridges to the soil which enables the absorption of rainwater and melting water into the groundwater. In fact, the ridges are the secret of the good quality of household water in Janakkala.
The finest open-surfaced spring in the ridge area is Someronlähde. A spring is formed when ground water inside the earth reaches the surface and erupts as surface water. The spring has biota of its own kind which flourishes all year round in cold water and shade.
The trails crisscrossing on top of the ridge and the ridge area are great for hiking even longer distances. You can hike along the ridge almost persistently from Turenki to Kolmilammi in Hausjärvi. Near Someronlähde spring at the hut of Janakkalan latu hikers have a lean-to at their disposal.
Suurisuo swamp-area has great hiking opportunities along duckboards. Suurisuo belongs to Natura network and it is one of the most remarkable swamps in Southern Tavastia. The swamp complex is an example of a Southern Finnish ombrotrophic raised bog which also has some features of a minerotrophic bog. In an ombrotrophic raised bog the middle part of the swamp is raised, low in nutrients and depends on rain waters. More nutritious waters flow to the edges of the swamp which shows in more eutrophic types of swamps on edge zones. In the swamp, you can see the types of swamps typical of a Southern Finnish ombrotrophic raised bog which are illustrated at pole-marked locations, the brochure and the web pages. Nature in the swamp is diverse, on the edges there are deep forests and pine bogs; there is a treeless bog in the middle. There are numerous endangered and rare plant and insect species and birds at Suurisuo. There is also a bird watching tower and great berry picking areas at Suurisuo.