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Sastamala is a municipality (pop. 24,100 in 2020) with three town centres in Pirkanmaa, Finland. It is located on the banks of the Kokemäenjoki River in Western Finland, some 50 km to the southeast of Tampere.

Understand

Get in

By train

1 Vammala and 2 Karkku have railway stations. Timetables are available from VR website. By InterCity train Tampere-Vammala takes about 45 minutes, Tampere-Karkku little less.

By bus

Long-distance buses from Tampere and Huittinen. For timetables of ordinary coaches, see Matkahuolto.

Get around

By bus

Local traffic operates in the downtown area of Vammala from Monday to Friday.

From all over Sastamala, you can take a dial-a-ride to the municipal center Vammala and back about 1-2 days a week. Service traffic operates on an request basis. The ride is ordered by calling the driver in your area by 16:00 on the previous working day. The exact route and schedule are determined by orders. The driver charges in cash according to the length of the trip.

Online timetables are available for both.

Moovit route planner includes Sastamala local transport.

By taxi

  • 3 Sastamalan Taksiasema, Puistokatu 11, ☏ +358 200 38200. (updated Feb 2022)
  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi

See

  • Ellivuori, Ellivuorentie 131. 
  • Herra Hakkaraisen talo, Marttilankatu 10, ☏ +358 44 770 3102. €9. 
  • Stone Castle of Pirunvuori
  • 1 St Olaf's Church in Tyrvää (Tyrvään Pyhän Olavin Kirkko), Kallialan kirkkotie 50, Vammala. The old church in Tyrvää was built in the early 16th century. The end decorations and other features connect it to the church group in Satakunta. On September 21, 1997, a fire completely destroyed the precious interior of the church from the 17th to the 17th century. Reconstruction began quickly after the fire. The church was commissioned in August 2003. 
  • 2 Kiviniitty Domestic Zoo (Kiviniityn Kotieläinpuisto), Iirolantie 108. Cows, sheep, pigs, rams, goats, donkeys, ponies, chickens, turkeys, llamas, ostriches, rabbits and guinea pigs. Animals may be groomed and fed dandelion leaves and hay. You can always ride a pony at 13:00 for a small fee. Pedal cars and electric ATVs can be driven regardless of the time of day. It is also possible to jump on bouncy castles and trampolines. €12. (updated Jan 2021)
  • 3 Taaben Farmi, Ritvaniementie 7, ☏ +358 40 592 3403, riikka@taabenfarmi.fi. The farm has domestic animals, old houses and a rural way of life. (updated May 2021)
  • 4 Ekojärvi Domestic Zoo (Ekojärven Kotieläinpiha), Ekojärventie 192. (updated Jun 2021)
  • 5 Mashal's Saloon Coach (Marskin Salonkivaunu), Pirkanmaantie 1057 (along the Highway 12 (Pirkanmaantie)). In museum use during the summer. What makes the wagon world-famous is the meeting between Marshal C. G. E. Mannerheim and Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler, who visited Finland, on June 4, 1942. Mannerheim's birthday lunch included President Risto Ryti, Prime Minister Jukka Rangell and German Marshal Wilhelm Keitel. At that time, the wagon was not located in Sastamala, but was parked in the yard of the Kaukopää factories in Imatra during the festive reception. (updated Feb 2022)
  • 6 Keikyä Suspension Bridge (Keikyän riippusilta), Myllytie 33, Keikyä. A 228-metres long suspension bridge across the Kokemäki River (Kokemäenjoki). (updated Feb 2022)
  • 7 Liekosaari. An island located on Lake Liekovesi. (updated Feb 2022)

Do

  • 1 Lakeside Golf and Country Club, Sastamalantie 1901, Karkku, ☏ +358 35129500, toimisto@lakesidegolf.fi.. 60 € (adults), 35 € (students), 30 € (teens), 15 € (children). (updated Feb 2022)
  • 2 Karkku Beach (Karkun uimaranta), Kaukoniementie 76, Karkku (on the shores of Lake Myllyvuolle). (updated Feb 2022)

Festivals

  • Vanhan kirjallisuuden päivät: . The Old Literature Days is a cultural event held in the center of Vammala during the summer. (date needs fixing)

Buy

  • 1 K-Citymarket Sastamala, Itsenäisyydentie 66, Vammala (along the Highway 12 (Pirkanmaantie)). Mon-Sat 7-21, Sun 10-20. A hypermarket. (updated Feb 2022)
  • 2 Häijään Äijä, Kauppakuja 4, Mouhijärvi (along the Highway 11 (Porintie)). A shopping centre in the Häijää village. (updated Feb 2022)

Eat

  • 1 King Garden, Puistokatu 15, Vammala, ☏ +358 35143204. (updated Feb 2022)
  • 2 Vammalan Saluuna, Puistokatu 16, Vammala, ☏ +358 35112954. (updated Feb 2022)
  • 3 Kiskokabinetti, Pirkanmaantie 1057 (along the Highawy 25 (Pirkanmaantie)), ☏ +358 35154180. (updated Feb 2022)
  • 4 Restauran Piano (Ravintola Piano), Suodenniementie 17, Suodenniemi, ☏ +358 3517180. (updated Feb 2022)

Drink

Cafés

  • 1 Laiturikahvila, Rautavedenkatu 20, Vammala (next to Vammala Market Square), ☏ +358 401680401. Opened for the first time in late 2017, this small but modern hotel offers comfortable accommodation in its six spacious rooms, where business and accommodation are smooth. For those looking for a little luxury, there is also a suite with a sauna, a bathtub and a balcony. Breakfast is served in the Pyymäki Confectionery downstairs, where hotel guests receive personalized service during the café's opening hours. (updated Feb 2022)

Bars and nightclubs

Sleep

  • 1 Pyynpesä (Putiikkihotelli Pyynpesä), Onkiniemenkatu 6, Vammala (on the shores of Lake Vammaskoski), ☏ +358 35123100. Laiturikahvila (literally "pier café") offers food, coffee, ice cream and refreshments with liquor licenses. In addition to the food and social restaurant, Laiturikahvila is a versatile venue in summer, with the city's sunniest summer terrace. (updated Feb 2022)
  • 2 Suodenniemen Laavu, Rantatie, Suodenniemi (on the shores of Lake Kourajärvi). A small accommodation. (updated Feb 2022)

Connect

Go next

  • Lavia - a rural village in the Satakunta side, near the Suodenniemi village
  • Nokia - an industrial town and the birth place of Nokia Group



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