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Heinola is a town of 18,000 people (2021) in Päijänne Tavastia.


Get in[edit]

Heinola is located halfway between Helsinki and Jyväskylä (140 km from each) on highway 4 (E75), some 40 km north of Lahti, and 100 km south-west of Mikkeli. There are good coach connections especially along highway 4, see Matkahuolto.

The railway from Lahti has no passenger transport, except occasional museum trains.

Get around[edit]

You can walk around downtown.

By bus[edit]

See Lahti#By bus

By taxi[edit]


Tähtiniemi Bridge
  • 1 Heinola Bird Zoo (Heinolan lintutarha), A. F. Aironkatu 3. Heinola Bird Zoo is an aviary that contains more than 500 species of birds.
  • 2 Heinola Art Museum (Heinolan taidemuseo), Kauppakatu 4, +358 44 769 4216, . Heinola Art Museum is located in the 1830 Empire-styled house, and includes the Art Foundation's library and a collection of European porcelain from the 18th to 19th centuries.
  • Some wooden houses in central Heinola.
  • 3 Tähtiniemi Bridge (Tähtiniemensilta). Finland's second longest bridge, which takes motorway 4 across Lake Ruotsalainen.



There are some shops downtown, and about 2 km southwest next to the motorway you can find a large hypermarket store 1 K-Citymarket.

  • 2 Heinola Market Halls (Heinolan Kauppahallit), Kausantie 1. M–F 10:00–17:00, Sa Su 10:00–15:00. One of Finland's largest flea markets, which has sections for sports goods, fishing equipment, clothes, crafts, household goods, music and antiques.


  • 1 Restaurant Kymenkartano (Ravintola Kymenkartano), Konsulinkatu 2, +358 44 797 2438. 07:30–15:00 (Breakfast 07:30–09:30; Lunch 11:00–14:00). Breakfast and lunch are served every day, including versatile salad buffet, bread assortment and coffee.
  • 2 Kettu ja Kana, Torikatu 5, +358 3 715 7921, . A restaurant bar. Mostly known for its chicken dishes.
  • 3 Restaurant Lily (Ravintola Lily), Savontie 10. Chinese restaurant.




Go next[edit]

  • Lahti — the nearest large city, 40 km south
  • The world heritage listed former groundwood and board mill in the village of 1 Verla, about 50 km southeast.
Routes through Heinola
JyväskyläLeivonmäki National Park ← Joutsa ← Hartola ←  N Tabliczka E75.svg S  LahtiHelsinki
MikkeliPertunmaa  N Finland road sign F29-5.svg S  END

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