Tips for travellers
Akaa’s culturally and historically valuable wooden church was built during 1816-1817. The west tower’s cruciform church was designed by the renowned Carlo Bassi. The church’s tower was heightened in 1888 and at the same time the church received decorative molding typical of that period. Old churchly items are kept in a room beside the vestibule of the present church. The church’s museum is open on weekdays from noon until 2 p.m. during June through August. Groups may visit by agreement at other times. The sexton, Markku Laaksonen, may be reached by phone at 040 725 7412.
There are market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the summer the market is filled with a cheerful bustle when Toijala’s Fair brings together thousands of people in June. Akaa’s plentiful honey crop is enjoyed during the Honey Festival at the end of summer.
The Stone Sacristy and the Old Cemetery
Akaa’s stone sacristy was probably built at the beginning of the 1500’s in connection with the wooden church. The northern end’s tile decoration has influences from styles of the Satakunta area as well as the Häme area. The sacristy’s interior includes a tiled cross-vault. By finds in the Iron Age graves surrounding the sacristy, the cemetery has been a burial site since prehistoric times. Located beside the sacristy are burial chambers from Konho’s and Viiala’s manors. The latter chamber is from 1810. The cemetery’s stone wall and gates were built in 1828.
Located opposite to Toijala’s busy train station, the unique Locomotive Museum offers marvels for all ages. The old diesel locomotive collection includes several world class rarities. Steam engines and large and small diesel locomotives can be seen as well as a cross-section of the history of the Finnish locomotive industry. The museum conveys the phases of the railroad in a memorable way.
During summer open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 1 to August 31. In May, by agreement. 6 € for adults and 3 € for children.
Laaksola Cultural Center acts as the core of Akaa’s cultural life. Laaksola holds Toijala’s local branch of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare as well as Näpsä handicraft school’s courses. Toijala’s train station is just a stone’s throw away from Laaksola. There is free admission to the exhibits.
The over 100 year old Sampola Society House is a traditional meeting place in the heart of Akaa’s Toijala. Sampola has been restored in the past few years. The hall, entrance, kitchen and toilet areas were renovated. In the bright main room there is a large stage and a 102-seat collapsible stand. During the winter Toijala’s Näyttämö theatre rehearses and performs in Sampola. Societies are active users of Sampola.
Address: Haittilantie 2 / Sampolantie 3
Näkymä is an environmental art exhibition and event held every summer in Akaa. The main stage will once again be the beautiful environment of Nahkialanjärvi which is near the center of Toijala.
Admittance is free. Welcome to Näkymä! www.nakyma.fi.
Wallpaper factory Pihlgren & Ritola
The unique wallpaper factory in the Nordic countries was established in 1980 and has been maintained for 20 years by Pihlgren ja Ritola Oy. There is also a wallpaper store in the factory.
Open in June, July and August from Mondays to Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Museum is located beside the factory in the building closest to the lake.
Address: Satamatie 8, 37800 Akaa/Toijala
Harbour Summer Theatre
Theatre pieces performed in Finnish.
Address: Kangassaarentie 2, Akaa/Toijala
phone 040 744 3517