Worth a Visit

There are many interesting public spaces worth visiting in Joensuu, some just a short walk away from the City centre.

Joensuu Market Square

In summer the square is filled with people and all sorts of merchants. The Square Stage has a daily program of local performers. But come summer or winter Joensuu Square is the place for the world's best Karelian pies.

Location: Corner of Torikatu and Siltakatu

Metla House

The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) building on the campus of the University of Eastern Finland is a dazzling work of modern wooden architecture. The structure makes use of almost all tree species native to Finland. The walls are constructed of 100-year-old logs as well as shingles regularly requiring tar coatings.

Location: Yliopistonkatu 6, Joensuu

The Riverbank

Earlier on, the river determined the location of the city. Alongside the west bank there is a bicycle path which offers you the chance to enjoy the excellent views. In summer logs are continuously floated through the mouth of the river. The river also provides a unique possibility to fish along the rapids right in the center of town.

Kosiosusi (The Courting Wolf) and Morshukka

The unashamedly warm-hearted statue in the pedestrian street brings a smile to the lips of even the most hurried passer-by. In a short time, The Courting Wolf has achieved a place as one of the symbols of Joensuu. Each year thousands and thousands of people are photographed with the statue.

In 2019 the Courting Wolf finally found his fiancée, when the statue was accompanied by another statue “Morshukka”, a female version from the wolf statue. These two statues sit by the pedestrian street, just a short distance apart.

Location: Kauppakatu, Joensuu

Botania – Events Park

A small piece of the Amazon lives year round in Joensuu. The gardens offer exotic plants and butterflies – even amid the blowing snow. They also arrange a lot of events. https://botania.fi/

Location: Heinäpurontie 70, Joensuu

Sinkkola domestic animal farm

Sinkkola domestic animal farm is open during the summers. It is a free-of-charge location for versatile leisure activities. Besides domestic animals there is a cafe, theatre, and different events. Animals include goats, pigs, sheep, calves, rabbits, chicken, and a cock.

Sinkkola was closed in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemia. Information about the summer 2021 will be available later. During winters Sinkkola serves as a youth house.

Location: Pesolantie 2, Joensuu



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