The Merihaka district is something of a refuge within Helsinki. As a largely residential neighborhood, minimal automobile traffic moves through its streets, and several thoroughfares are reserved for pedestrians. The neighborhood’s water-front location adds to its peace and quiet – and, of course, makes it an ideal location for a sauna.

Established in 2013, Kulttuurisauna promises an experience as calm as the neighborhood surrounding it. You might get such a feeling when visiting the sauna’s plain-and-simple website, or when you first spot the building itself—its log pillars and single-story frame form a serene contrast with the neighborhood’s high-rise apartment buildings.

With general admission costing 17.80USD (€15) and only 11.80USD (€10) for students, Kulttuurisauna is perfect for those who seek a no-frills, relaxing sauna experience. It’s only open during the latter half of the week (Wednesday through Sunday), and you should come prepared to bathe without a towel or swimsuit. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this isn’t the place for a large, rowdy gathering! Groups cannot exceed three persons, and neither alcohol nor photography is allowed on the premises. A camera shouldn’t be necessary, however, since you’ll be able to catch beautiful glimpses of the ocean through the sauna’s picture windows. And of course, finish your time in the sauna with a dip in the ocean itself.

If you’re still in the mood for sightseeing or adventures after your visit, don’t worry; Merihaka is only about a kilometer away from Helsinki’s city center.

Kulttuurisauna Useful Info’s:


Address: Hakaniemenranta 17, 00530, Helsinki


Photo credit to Fileri | CC 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Featured image photo credits to Marko Ahtisaari | CC 2.0

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