Vaasa stands out among Finnish cities as one with a cultural blend of Finnish and Swedish influences. Located just across the Gulf of Bothnia from Sweden, it has long been an important centre of Finland.
Find out more about Vaasa by visiting and staying at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Vaasa. Located at the heart of the city, guests of this hotel in Vaasa will be well placed to see its most popular attractions and learn about its history through tours and museums.
History of Vaasa city
Vaasa changed hands many times over the centuries between Sweden, Russia and home rule by Finland. As a result, the city has a unique culture incorporating all three influences. Vaasa began as a town named after Sweden's Royal House of Vasa, but would later be occupied by Russia in the Finnish War.
Most of the buildings of Old Vaasa, constructed between the 14th and 19th centuries, were destroyed by fire in 1852. However, remains of many historical buildings, such as St Mary's Church, can still be found throughout the city. Buildings that remain from the pre-fire era include the Church of Korsholm and the Old Vaasa Museum.
Staying at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Vaasa
Explore Old Vaasa and its buildings and museums to learn more about the city, and return at the end of the day to a comfortable room or suite at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Vaasa. The hotel also features several fine dining restaurants and a full-service pub, so you can unwind with a great dinner before retiring to your room.
In addition, guests can explore some of Vaasa's newer attractions, including Tropiclandia, from the hotel.