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First there was a river
The story of Forssa began in the Spinning Mill Area where swedish-born Axel Wahren founded the spinning mill in 1847 beside River Loimijoki. It grew rapidly into Forssa Company with mills for spinning, dyeing, weaving and printing textile. Soon Forssa became one of the leading industrial spots in Finland.
Spinning Mill Area – center of history and culture
The Spinning Mill Area is a diverse location of interest for visitors. The area has been renovated into a vibrant cultural and educational center. You can visit museums like Forssa Museum and Museum of Natural History, exhibition rooms Gallery Moletti and Vinkkeli. The area contains among other the City Library, Art School and the Music School, University of Applied Sciences and the local Community College. Visitors can also admire the Kuhalankoski rapids and the green landscape which brings together the historic red brick factory architecture, as well as the english-style park that borders it.
History of Forssa has been honoured by renovating old buildings like Finland´s oldest cinema, the Elävienkuvien Teatteri (Theatre of Moving Pictures) in the heart of the city. Today the theatre is fully digitized and offers weekly shows. Annual Silent Film Festival are held in the end of August.
Stories of local history is in the Ronttismäki Workers House Museum that showcases the living conditions and lifestyle of local industrial workers and craftsmen starting from the 1880’s.
Hustle and bustle
Today Forssa is the busy center of the region’s commercial life and services. During the summer market days the town center is full of hustle and bustle, and various events draw people from far and wide. The town hosts annually the famous Forssan Holjat town festival, TyykiBlues music event, Pick Nick vintage car show, Forssan Suvi-ilta marathon event, The International Silent Film Festival and many other smaller events.
At Pilvenmäki Trotting Race Centre you can experience the thrill of horse racing. In 2021 Pilvenmäki hosts the largest horse race event in Finland -Kuninkuusravit.
Indoor and outdoor activities
Forssa is widely known as a sporting town, and one attraction is Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi Waterpark where you can spend hours splashing around in the bubbles, waves and slides. For outdoor swimming you have plenty of different beaches to choose from. Some of the beaches are also open for winter swimming enthusiasts.
In Forssa you can choose also from various other outdoor activities; beach volley, disc golf, riding, skiing, cycling, cross-training, parkour, canoeing, playing tennis.. or explore beautiful recreational area of Saari Folk Park with hiking trails, observation tower and beaches. Two National Parks are located also just around the corner. In Forssa region operates professional nature quides with services of different activities.
Forssa is also known of its beautiful parks. Forssa´s 110 parks around the town make sure that you can enjoy the town life at your own pace. What a wonderful way to spend summer day as to have a picknick in the park. The Forssa National Urban Park is one of nine National Urban Parks in Finland. Following the riverside, it’s history tells of the fast change from the countryside environment into an industrialized center in a century.
Local flavors and soft dreams
In the center of the city, you´ll find plenty of restaurants to choose from. Most options can be found especially on weekdays and on lunch hours. There is a choice of locally sourced foods, organic products, international cuisine or traditional food of the region. Fresh, delicious and prepared by professionals. Small brewery is also situated in the city and own local ice-cream is produced.
Forssa has a total of four hotels, a motel, cottages and small apartments. You can choose whether you want to wake up in a hotel for ready-made breakfast setting or enjoy the silence and privacy in a cottage.
Welcome to visit the Bright Green Forssa!