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Forssa is a town of 18000 inhabitants in Tavastia Proper.

Understand

Get in

If you draw a triangle where the corners are the three most populous areas in FinlandHelsinkiTampere and Turku – Forssa is situated roughly in the middle, about 100 km from each of them. Forssa does not have an airport or railway station, so the only way to get in is by car or coach.

By bus

Forssa has coach connections from HelsinkiPoriTurkuLahti, Hämeenlinna and Loimaa. The 1 Bus station is in the centre. Onnibus uses the 2 Autokeidas stop 4 km from the centre, at the junction of highways 2 and 10.

By train

Humppila is the nearest (21 km away) train station on the Turku–Tampere railway, with a train most hours in daytime. There are few daily connection buses between Humppila railway station and Forssa bus station. There is a railway station also in nearby Jokioinen, on a heritage narrow gauge railway from Humppila on the Turku–Tampere railway, serviced Sundays in summer.

Get around

For local transport needs, dial-a-ride Tyykikyyti is available. The ride is ordered by calling the car's telephone number in good time, preferably the day before or by agreeing with the driver on the previous trip.

By taxi

  • Taksi Häme, iTaksi: see Tavastia_Proper#By_taxi
  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi

See

  • 1 The museums of the old textile factory (Kehräämöalueen museot), Wahreninkatu 12. After the large Finlayson textile factory closed down in 2008, the buildings are used for various cultural events and hosts some museums such as Forssa museum, the Museum of Natural history and of course the Textile museum Tykki. 
  • 2 Forssa church, in the city centre. A Neo-Gothic Lutheran church which was finished in 1917. 
  • 3 Parks. There are 110 different parks in Forssa, with a combined area of 303 hectares. The most central is Ankkalammi next to the market square where swans swim in the summer. 

Do

  • 1 Vesihelmi Spa (Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi), Eteläinen puistokatu 2. A spa, about 1 km from the city centre. The large spa department offers therapy pool, children's pool, jacuzzis, cold pool, fitness pool, wave pool, family pool and water slide. Spa from €6 to €8, other services available also.. 

National parks

  • 2 Liesjärvi National Park (22km towards Helsinki along national road 2). Heritage farm, lake and esker landscapes (updated Aug 2015)
  • 3 Torronsuo National Park (3km towards Helsinki along national road 2, then 7km along road 282). Forests, eskers and rocks surrounding Finland's deepest bog. The large mire area is important for many birds. (updated Aug 2015)

Events

  • Holjat. 2018: 2–4 August. A pop music festival held each summer. 
  • Pick-Nick. 2018: 5 August. Oldtimer car show held on the horse track each summer, the next one will be in early August 2016. free entry, parking fee €10. 
  • Silent movie festival (Mykkäelokuvafestivaalit). 2018: 27 August–2 September. Yes, the silent films have their own festival. 

Buy

Eat

There are several restaurants. See also Drink and Sleep below.

  • 1 Gusto, Keskuskatu 6, ☏ +358 45-256-2973, bookings@ravintolagusto.fi. W–Th 16:00–21:00, F 16:00–22:00, Sa 13:00–22:00, Su 13:00–18:00. Pizzeria. €15–20. 

Drink

  • 1 Kahvila Wanhakoulu, Joosentie 1. A cosy cafe in a former school near the Prisma shopping mall. On weekdays they have a soup lunch offer at €5. 

Sleep

Budget

  • 1 Autokeidas Forssa Motelli, Keitaankatu 1, ☏ +358 50 917 5534. Open 24/7. Rooms are equipped with high-speed internet access, television, refrigerator and rooms with sauna are also available. A breakfast is included in the price. 

Mid-range

  • 2 Hotelli Mesku, Saarelankatu 12, ☏ +358 3 41 941, mesku.forssa@mesku.fi. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel you will find a beach with jumping towers, an ice rink & training hall, a sports field and outdoor sports areas for an active holiday. 
  • 3 Fabrik, Hämeentie 7, ☏ +358 40-484-8111, forssa@hotelfabrik.fi. Hotel and restaurant. €100–120; salad and burger meals €15–20. 
  • 4 Keppana Kellari & Koivulan lomamökit, Koivulantie 6 (Liesjärvi in Tammela, 30 km south-east from Forssa), ☏ +358 3 435-5308 (restaurant), +358 3 422-2308 (reception), asiakaspalvelu@keppana.com. Summer 12:00–19:00, peak season 11:00–21:00. Restaurant and cottages. The cottages are mainly rented for a week or all summer, but a weekend, night or just an evening possible. Cleaning not included. Peaceful environment, in the outskirts of a small village. Beach. Trails of Liesjärvi National Park 4–6 km away on roads and pathways through the woods. Meals €17–40; cottages €100/day/2 persons, €350–650/week; linen €15/set. 

Connect

Go next

  • 4 Saari Folk Park (Saaren Kansanpuisto). In the municipality of Tammela, 15 km southeast of Forssa. 


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