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'''Vihti''' (Swedish: ''Vichtis'') [http://www.vihti.fi] is a municipality in Southern Finland. It's current population is 28.666 inhabitants. Being a northernmost part of Helsinki Region, it mixtures a semi-urban bedroom suburb to living countryside with old manor houses and large amounts of unspoiled nature.
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'''Vihti''' (Swedish: ''Vichtis'') [http://www.vihti.fi] is a municipality in [[Southern Finland]]. Its current population is 28 666 inhabitants. Being in the northernmost part of Helsinki Region, it mixes a semi-urban bedroom suburb to living countryside with old manor houses and large amounts of unspoiled nature.
  
 
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==Understand==
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===History===
 
===History===
  
First written mention of Vihti is dated 1433, but official founding year in considered to be 1507, when St. Bridget's Church was built and first vicar was appointed. Municipality as a legal entity was formed in 1867, after law regarding municipalities was approved in 1865. Town of Nummela started to grow in 1873 when railway station in Helsinki - Hanko was opened. Despite the newly opened railway connection, Vihti remained quiet and small countryside dominated by numerous farms, until the 70's and 80's light-weight industry started to boom the economy and Helsinki's massive growth expanded further and further to Helsinki Region. Nowadays, population has almost tripled from year 1950 (and Nummela's population almost tenfold) and municipality, especially in Nummela, continues it's rapid growth, mainly thanks to tremendous amount of jobs in Helsinki area.
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The first written mention of Vihti is dated 1433, but the official founding year in considered to be 1507, when St. Bridget's Church was built and the first vicar was appointed. The municipality as a legal entity was formed in 1867, after the law regarding municipalities was approved in 1865. The town of Nummela started to grow in 1873 when the railway station on the Helsinki - Hanko line was opened. Despite the newly opened railway connection, Vihti remained quiet and small countryside dominated by numerous farms, until in the 1970s and 80s lightweight industry started to boom the economy and Helsinki's massive growth expanded further and further to Helsinki Region. Nowadays, the population has almost tripled from the year 1950 (and Nummela's population almost tenfold) and the municipality, especially in Nummela, continues its rapid growth, mainly thanks to the tremendous amount of jobs in the Helsinki area.
  
 
===Orientation===
 
===Orientation===
  
Vihti can be divided into three areas:  
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Vihti can be roughly divided into three parts: '''Nummela''', '''Vihdin kirkonkylä''' and surrounding much smaller settlements.
  
* '''Nummela''' Current municipality seat, home of night clubs and most of shopping options and such with population around 15.000. Nummela is located between two lakes and it's center is divided to two by railway track.
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'''Nummela''' is the largest population centre and current municipality seat with a population of around 13,000. It is where most of the municipality's shops, restaurants, bars and other services are located, but is heavily residential. Nummela has grown considerably in the last few years due to its proximity to Helsinki and its good transport links, and it is now a decent-sized commuter town in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The town is characterized by its location between two lakes and a steep esker that divides it, and its centre is divided in two by a railway track.
* '''Vihdin kirkonkylä''' (often abbreviated as ''Vihti kk'') Old municipality seat with certainly more historical feel than modern Nummela, yet with population of around 5000 lacks the commercial buzz of Nummela. Church in top of the hill dominates the landscape. Shops and restaurants are around bus station or along main street ''Niuhalanraitti''.
 
* Elsewhere there are farms, forests and smaller villages with virtually non-existent shops and restaurants, but with some of the Vihti's highlights, such as '''Ojakkala''' with ski resort and golf club, '''Tervalampi''' with old manor house and gateway to Nuuksio National Park and '''Olkkala''' famous for it's stunning old manor.
 
  
Note the confusing naming: Vihdin kirkonkylä is referred as "Vihti" in bus windows and road signs. So, be aware, that "Vihti" can refer as whole municipality or certain town, depending on context.
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'''Vihdin kirkonkylä''' (Finnish for 'Vihti parish', frequently abbreviated as ''Vihti kk'') is the old municipality seat with a population of around 6,000. It has certainly a more historical feel than the more modern Nummela, but has a smaller selection of services and a much more pastoral and laid-back atmosphere. The 18th century church on the top of the hill dominates the landscape, and most shops and restaurants are located on the main street ''Niuhalanraitti'' or near the bus station.
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'''Other parts of the municipality''' are mostly rural, with small villages, farms and forest and virtually no commercial services. These rural areas are host to many of Vihti's highlights, such as '''Tervalampi''' with its gateway to Nuuksio National Park, '''Ojakkala''' with a ski resort and golf club and '''Olkkala''' famous for its stunning old manor.
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Note that, confusingly, ''Vihti'' can refer to the municipality as a whole or ''Vihdin kirkonkylä'' in particular depending on the context. On road signs and bus windows, ''Vihdin kirkonkylä'' is usually referred to as simply ''Vihti'' or ''Vihti kk'', and Nummela is sometimes abbreviated as ''NLA''.
  
 
===Tourist information===
 
===Tourist information===
  
Vihti's Tourist Information is located at Niuhalanraitti 21 in Vihti kk. You can call them +3580440511411 or email [email protected] They do have Facebook-page at https://www.facebook.com/vihdinmatkailupalvelu
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[https://www.facebook.com/vihdinmatkailupalvelu Vihti's Tourist Information] is located at Niuhalanraitti 21 in Vihti kk. You can call them at +3580440511411 or send them an email at [email protected]
  
==Talk==
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==Language==
  
Despite having name in Swedish, Vihti is officially unilingual, where only 1.7 % of population is Swedish-speaking (notably less than some of its neighbors) and Swedish is virtually non-heard around, so it's better to use English instead. As everywhere in Finland, vast majority of population speak understandable or fluent English. Other than English, you can try German from major European languages.
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Despite having a name in Swedish, Vihti is officially unilingual, where only 1.7 % of the population is Swedish-speaking (notably less than some of its neighbouring areas), so it's probably a safer bet to use English instead. As everywhere in Finland, a vast majority of the population speaks understandable or fluent English. Other than English, you can try German or other major European languages.
  
 
==Get in==
 
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
Closest airport for domestic and international flights, is Finland's busiest Helsinki-Vantaa, located about 50 km away from Nummela. Travel to airport by car takes about 45 minutes. Buses from airport to Nummela charge 9.20 € and bus trip takes 55 minutes, including a transfer in Espoo.
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The closest airport for domestic and international flights is Finland's busiest Helsinki-Vantaa, located about 50 km away from Nummela. Travel to the airport by car takes about 45 minutes. Buses from airport to Nummela charge 9.20 € and bus trip takes 55 minutes, including a transfer in Espoo.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
Around 50 buses daily connect Nummela to [[Helsinki]], bus takes 35 - 60 minutes and charges 9.30 €. Around 25 services run to Vihti kk, 65 to 105 minutes (often including a transfer at Nummela), 10.50 €. Buses from Helsinki depart from Helsinki bus station's long distance terminal (and, of course, eventually arrive there while travelling to opposite direction).
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Around 50 buses daily connect Nummela to [[Helsinki]], the bus takes 35 - 60 minutes and charges 9.30 €. Around 25 services run to Vihti kk, 65 to 105 minutes (often including a transfer at Nummela), 10.50 €. Buses from and to Helsinki depart from and arrive at Helsinki bus station's long distance terminal.
  
Express services from [[Pori]] and [[Rauma]] to Helsinki take and leave passengers on Highway 2 intersections at Nummmela and Vihti kk. Price from both cities to Nummela crossroad is 38.10 € and running time is equal three hours and 15 minutes.
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Express services from [[Pori]] and [[Rauma]] to Helsinki pick up and leave passengers on Highway 2 intersections at Nummmela and Vihti kk. Price from both cities to Nummela crossroad is 38.10 € and running time equals three hours and 15 minutes.
  
Neighbor towns [[Karkkila]] and [[Lohja]] are within 30 minutes of bus rides and tickets are around 5 € with approximate 15 daily connections from both.
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Neighboring towns [[Karkkila]] and [[Lohja]] are within 30 minutes of bus rides and tickets are around 5 € with approximate 15 daily connections from both.
  
Number of services are given for weekdays, price examples to full price adult ticket with no supplements. Note that bus services are less frequent on weekends and buses departing between 23 and 05 charge night supplement.  
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Number of services are given for weekdays, price examples for full price adult ticket with no supplements. Note that bus services are less frequent on weekends and buses departing between 23 and 05 charge night supplement.  
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
  
Although Nummela grew from railway station and railroad itself is still prominent feature of local geography, there is no longer passenger trains on railroad, only occasional cargo trains. If you are travelling by train, however, you can select "Nummela" as your destination while buying your train ticket and you will receive notably reduced price for Helsinki - Nummela bus.
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Although Nummela originally grew from the railway station in the town and the railroad itself is still a prominent feature of local geography, there is no longer a passenger service on the railroad, only cargo trains. If you are travelling by train from elsewhere in Finland, however, you can select "Nummela" as your destination while buying your train ticket and you will receive a notably reduced price for the Helsinki - Nummela bus.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
  
The municipality is located in a triangle where Highways 1, 2 and 25 are crossing, so it's easy to reach Vihti by car. Some examples from some major cities:
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The municipality is located in the triangle within Highways 1, 2 and 25 crossing, so it's easy to reach Vihti by car. Some examples from some major cities:
 
* Helsinki (45 km / 40 min): Drive Highway 1 towards Turku, then take Highway 2 towards Pori
 
* Helsinki (45 km / 40 min): Drive Highway 1 towards Turku, then take Highway 2 towards Pori
 
* Lahti (115 km / 90 min): Drive Highway 4 towards Helsinki, in Mäntsälä take Highway 25 towards Hanko
 
* Lahti (115 km / 90 min): Drive Highway 4 towards Helsinki, in Mäntsälä take Highway 25 towards Hanko
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* Turku (128 km / 80 min): Drive Highway 1 towards Helsinki, turn left to Highway 2.
 
* Turku (128 km / 80 min): Drive Highway 1 towards Helsinki, turn left to Highway 2.
  
==Get around==
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==Getting around==
  
In practice, everything within the centers of Nummela and Vihti kk can be covered easily by feet. Both places do, however, have some hills (eg when reaching the Vihti Church or Nummela flying center).  
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In practice, everything within the centers of Nummela and Vihti kk can be covered easily by walking. Both places are, however, somewhat hilly (around the Vihti Church or the esker in Nummela).  
  
There is no public transport system in Vihti. That said, couple internal buses ''do'' run to remote villages (Ojakkala, Olkkala, Tervalampi etc) and about 25 daily connections link Nummela and Vihti kk (15-30 min, 3.60 €). Buses do run most frequently on schooldays.  
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The public transport system within Vihti is not very developed. About 25 daily connections link Nummela and Vihti kk (15-30 min, 3.60 €), and a few buses a day do run to some remote villages (such as Ojakkala, Olkkala and Tervalampi). Buses run most frequently on schooldays.
  
Taxis are, as everywhere in Finland, new, effective, honest - and expensive. Main taxi stands are at Nummela and Vihti kk bus stations. By phone taxi can be ordered by dialing 0100 4114 (Nummela) or 0100 4115 (Vihti). Normally you can get taxi with no problems, but during the weekend nights the queues can be remarkable.  
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Taxis are, as everywhere in Finland, new, effective, honest - and expensive. The taxi stands are located by the Nummela and Vihti kk bus stations. A taxi can be ordered by phone, by dialing 0100 4114 (Nummela) or 0100 4115 (Vihti). Normally you can get a taxi without any problems, but during the weekend nights the queues can be remarkable.  
  
'''Hertz''' offers car rentals in Nummela [http://www.hertz.fi/rentacar/location/index.jsp?targetPage=locationDetailsView.jsp&eoag=HELW62]
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'''Hertz''' offers car rentals in Nummela by the bus station [http://www.hertz.fi/rentacar/location/index.jsp?targetPage=locationDetailsView.jsp&eoag=HELW62]
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
*<see name="Hennolan kotieläinpiha" alt="" address="Lepluhdantie 73, Ojakkala" directions="" phone="358 9 2271649" url="http://www.hennola.net/wb/" hours="Jun - Aug 11.00 - 18.00" price="Adult / child 7 / 3 €" lat="" long="">This small farm stocks wide variety of farm animals (pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, goats, horses) to watch plus idyllic cafe. Open only in summer months.</see>
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*<see name="Pyhän Birgitan kirkon rauniot" alt="Ruins of St Bridget's Church" address="Kirkkoniementie, Vihti kk" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.vihdinseurakunta.fi/fi/toimitilat/pyhan_birgitan_kirkko/?id=375" hours="Always open" price="Free" lat="" long="">With the ruins of Vihti's old medieval church that hasn't operated in hundreds of years but hasn't completely perished, the small ruins stand in beautiful landscape and a pretty view over the lake. Occasional religious services during summertime.. </see>
*<see name="Nuuksion kansallispuisto" alt="Nuuksio National Park" address="" directions="Tervalampi" phone="358 205 64 4790" url="http://www.outdoors.fi/destinations/nationalparks/nuuksio/Pages/Default.aspx" hours="Always open" price="Free" lat="" long="">This small yet interesting national park offers plenty to see for nature lovers, with no cost. To get there by public transport, take bus from Nummela or Vihti kk. Look further details from it's [[Nuuksio|own article]]</see>
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*<see name="Hennolan kotieläinpiha" alt="" address="Lepluhdantie 73, Ojakkala" directions="" phone="358 9 2271649" url="http://www.hennola.net/wb/" hours="Jun - Aug 11.00 - 18.00" price="Adult / child 7 / 3 €" lat="" long="">This small but pretty farm stocks a wide variety of farm animals (pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, goats, horses) to watch and pet, plus an idyllic cafe. Open in the summer months.</see>
*<see name="Pyhän Birgitan kirkon rauniot" alt="Ruins of St Bridget's Church" address="Kirkkoniementie, Vihti kk" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.vihdinseurakunta.fi/fi/toimitilat/pyhan_birgitan_kirkko/?id=375" hours="Always open" price="Free" lat="" long="">Only medieval church of the region, which doesn't either be operating or had totally perished, these small ruins stand in beautiful cape, with nice view to lake near it. In summertime occasional religious services. </see>
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*<see name="Vihdin kirkko" alt="Vihti Church" address="Kirkkotie, Vihti" directions="" phone="358 9 3478500" url="http://www.vihdinseurakunta.fi/en/the_church_of_vihti/?id=431" hours="Jun - Aug 12.00 - 15.00" price="Free" lat="" long="">Vihti's current church, built in 1772. Located on a hill overlooking Vihti kk, a beautiful graveyard and large trees surround the church. Limited opening hours, but can be arranged outside opening hours by dialing to vicar's office (see number below). Religious services year-round.</see>
*<see name="Vihdin kirkko" alt="Vihti Church" address="Kirkkotie, Vihti" directions="" phone="358 9 3478500" url="http://www.vihdinseurakunta.fi/en/the_church_of_vihti/?id=431" hours="Jun - Aug 12.00 - 15.00" price="Free" lat="" long="">Vihti's current major church is built in 1772. Beautiful graveyard surrounds the church, yet most funerals nowadays take place elsewhere. Limited opening hours, but can be arranged outside opening hours by dialing to vicar's office (see number below)</see>
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*<see name="Vihdin museo" alt="Vihti Museum" address="Kirkkoniementie 1, Vihti kk" directions="" phone=" 358 9 4258 3185" url="http://www.vihti.fi/palvelut/museo/prime100.aspx" hours="Sun 12-15" price="Adult / child 2 € / free" lat="" long="">Vihti's museum is located in two different houses. Standard display features village life in the 19th century. Very limited opening hours during the winter, but less so during the summer. </see>
*<see name="Vihdin museo" alt="Vihti Museum" address="Kirkkoniementie 1, Vihti kk" directions="" phone=" 358 9 4258 3185" url="http://www.vihti.fi/palvelut/museo/prime100.aspx" hours="Sun 12-15" price="Adult / child 2 € / free" lat="" long="">Vihti's museum is in two different houses. Standard display features life of 19th century. Very limited opening hours during the winter, but shall have more opening hours during the summer. </see>
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
All of the municipality, except perhaps the semi-urban twist of Nummela is located by beautiful nature. And as Everyman's Rights allow visitor to enjoy as freely as native Finn, there is multiple options, including skiing, swimming, trekking and more.
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As the ''Everyman's Rights'' allow free access to nature in Finland, Vihti is known for its great outdoors activities, such as skiing, golf, swimming, trekking and more. All of the municipality, except perhaps parts of the semi-urban area of Nummela, is located in the immediate proximity of beautiful nature.
  
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===Trekking===
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*<do name="Nuuksion kansallispuisto" alt="Nuuksio National Park" address="" directions="Tervalampi" phone="358 205 64 4790" url="http://www.outdoors.fi/destinations/nationalparks/nuuksio/Pages/Default.aspx" hours="Always open" price="Free" lat="" long="">This small (on a Finnish scale) but interesting national park offers plenty to see for nature lovers, with no cost. The park entrance on the Vihti side is somewhat quieter than the one on the Espoo side. To get there by public transport, there is a bus connection from Helsinki, Nummela and Vihti kk. Look up further details from it's [[Nuuksio|own article]]</do>
 
===Golf===
 
===Golf===
 
*<do name="Hill Side Golf" alt="" address="Luolaistentie 24, Jokikunta" directions="" phone="358 020 7411 280" url="http://www.hillsidegolf.fi/" hours="N/A" price="Adults weekdays / weekends 39 / 45 €, juniors (under 16) 15 €" lat="" long="">Two full-18 courses plus 9-hole course. Opening hours shall be updated soon.</do>
 
*<do name="Hill Side Golf" alt="" address="Luolaistentie 24, Jokikunta" directions="" phone="358 020 7411 280" url="http://www.hillsidegolf.fi/" hours="N/A" price="Adults weekdays / weekends 39 / 45 €, juniors (under 16) 15 €" lat="" long="">Two full-18 courses plus 9-hole course. Opening hours shall be updated soon.</do>
 
*<do name="Vihti Golf" alt="" address="Jussinrinne 1, Ojakkala" directions="" phone="358 9 2252 550" url="http://www.vihtigolf.fi/" hours="N/A" price="Adults weekdays / weekends 48 / 58 €, juniors (under 16) 35 / 40 €" lat="" long="">Full 18 course plus 9-hole course. Opening hours shall be updated soon.</do>
 
*<do name="Vihti Golf" alt="" address="Jussinrinne 1, Ojakkala" directions="" phone="358 9 2252 550" url="http://www.vihtigolf.fi/" hours="N/A" price="Adults weekdays / weekends 48 / 58 €, juniors (under 16) 35 / 40 €" lat="" long="">Full 18 course plus 9-hole course. Opening hours shall be updated soon.</do>
 
===Swimming===
 
===Swimming===
*<do name="Vihti Swimming Hall" alt="Vihdin uimahalli" address="Hiidenvedentie 3, Nummela" directions="" phone="358 9 4258 3179" url="http://www.vihti.fi/palvelut/liikunta_ja_ulkoilu/uimahalli" hours="Mo - Fr 13 - 20, Sat closed, Sun 11-16" price="Adult / child 4 € / 2 €" lat="" long="">Vihti's swimming hall is small and basic, yet somewhat nationally famous for being home of Finnish swimming legend Jani Sievinen. One 25 m pool for adults plus children's pool. Your easiest chance to visit public sauna in Vihti.</do>
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* Vihti has nine public beaches. Three of them qualify the EU-standard -rating "Excellent", they are '''Myllylampi''', '''Otalampi''' and '''Varikkaa'''. Full list of beaches and their locations can be found from the municipality's website [http://http://www.vihti.fi/palvelut/liikunta_ja_ulkoilu/liikuntapaikat/uimarannat]. Be aware, that because of short summers, water might be colder than you expect (18-22 Celsius being normal), even on hot summer days.
* Vihti has nine public beaches. Three of them qualify the EU-standard -rating "Excellent", they are '''Myllylampi''', '''Otalampi''' and '''Varikkaa'''. Full list of beaches and their locations can be found from municipality's website [http://http://www.vihti.fi/palvelut/liikunta_ja_ulkoilu/liikuntapaikat/uimarannat]. Be aware, that because of short summers, water might be colder than you except (18-22 Celsius being normal interval), even in hot summer days.
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*<do name="Vihti Swimming Hall" alt="Vihdin uimahalli" address="Hiidenvedentie 3, Nummela" directions="" phone="358 9 4258 3179" url="http://www.vihti.fi/palvelut/liikunta_ja_ulkoilu/uimahalli" hours="Mo - Fr 13 - 20, Sat closed, Sun 11-16" price="Adult / child 4 € / 2 €" lat="" long="">Vihti's swimming hall is small and basic, yet somewhat nationally famous for being home of Finnish swimming legend Jani Sievinen. One 25 m pool for adults plus children's pool. Your easiest chance to visit a public sauna in Vihti.</do>
 
 
==Buy==
 
 
 
While Vihti isn't exactly shopper's haven, it boasts totally adequate shopping options for most circumstances.
 
  
Groceries and such can be easily (and with most inexpensive price) found in Nummela's two competing hypermarkets: '''Citymarket''' and '''Prisma'''. If you are staying longer and looking for cheap trekking equipment, fishing equipment, tools, car spare parts and alike, your best bet is '''Hong Kong'''. Nummela is also home of innovative textile company '''Globe Hope''', which have a factory outlet at ''Harjutie 14''
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==Shopping==
  
==Eat==
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While Vihti isn't exactly a shopper's heaven, it has totally adequate services for many circumstances, particularly in Nummela. The town centre of Nummela has the largest selection of specialty stores. A large selection of groceries found in Nummela's two competing hypermarkets '''Citymarket''' and '''Prisma'''. If you are staying for longer and are looking for cheap trekking equipment, fishing equipment, tools, car spare parts and the like, your best bet is '''Hong Kong'''. Nummela is also home to an innovative ecologically oriented textile company '''Globe Hope''', which has a factory outlet at ''Harjutie 14''
Eating in Vihti might not be immortal experience, due to non-existent top-flight restaurants, but you should be able to eat decently and with inexpensive price throughout the day.
 
  
Some better options are:
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Eating in Vihti might not be an unforgettable experience, but some better restaurants have popped up recently. Some of the better options are:
  
*<eat name="Cantina Antonio" alt="" address="Pisteenkaari 4, Nummela" directions="At market square" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Il Punto" alt="" address="Pilkkukuja 2, Nummela" directions="Next to the roundabout in the town centre." phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Nice cafe with salads, pasta and the like</eat>
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*<eat name="Cafe Casalen" alt="" address="Pisteenkaari 4, Nummela" directions="Next to the roundabout in the town centre." phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Cafe and design gift shop. Soups, warm meals, salads and sandwiches.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Heng Feng" alt="" address="Tuusantie 3, Nummela" directions="Close to bus station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
 
*<eat name="Heng Feng" alt="" address="Tuusantie 3, Nummela" directions="Close to bus station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="San Pietro" alt="" address="Vihdintie 3, Nummela" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Bihani" alt="" address="Vihdintie 3, Nummela" directions="" phone="09 2226199" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Nepali cuisine, good food and great service</eat>
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*<eat name="Cantina Antonio" alt="" address="Pisteenkaari 4, Nummela" directions="At market square" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">'Mexican' cuisine</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
Vihti's night life concentrates to Nummela. It has surprisingly vibrant scene to its size on weekend, while on weekdays bars and clubs tend to be rather quiet.
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Vihti's night life concentrates in Nummela. It has a surprisingly vibrant scene for its size on weekends, but on weekdays bars and clubs tend to be rather quiet.
  
*<drink name="Cantina Antonio" alt="" address="Pistenkaari 4, Nummela" directions="At market square" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">While Mexican restaurant at daytime, this one doubles as crowded disco / night club during Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights</drink>
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*<drink name="Cantina Antonio" alt="" address="Pistenkaari 4, Nummela" directions="At market square" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">While a Mexican restaurant at daytime, this one doubles as a crowded disco / night club during Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights</drink>
 
*<drink name="Ned Kelly's" alt="" address="Pilkkukuja 1" directions="Adjacent to Market square" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">On weekdays laid-back cafe / bar, turns into crowded night club on weekends. Especially popular with younger locals.</drink>
 
*<drink name="Ned Kelly's" alt="" address="Pilkkukuja 1" directions="Adjacent to Market square" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">On weekdays laid-back cafe / bar, turns into crowded night club on weekends. Especially popular with younger locals.</drink>
  
==Sleep==
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==Accommodation==
*<sleep name="Air Hotel" alt="" address="Lentokentäntie 5, Nummela" directions="Nummela airport" phone="" url="http://www.airhotel.fi/" checkin="" checkout="" price="85" lat="" long="">About a mile away from town central, Air Hotel is next to Nummela's leisure flying center</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Air Hotel" alt="" address="Lentokentäntie 5, Nummela" directions="Nummela airport" phone="" url="http://www.airhotel.fi/" checkin="" checkout="" price="85" lat="" long="">About a mile away from the town center, Air Hotel is next to Nummela's leisure flying center</sleep>
*<sleep name="Selli Majoitus" alt="" address="Linjalankuja 3 A, Vihti kk" directions="At Vihti kk's bus station" phone="" url="http://www.selli.fi/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from 60€" lat="" long="">This option offers lodging in old police station's premises. If looking for longer stay, they do have really affordable weekly and monthly plans.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Selli Majoitus" alt="" address="Linjalankuja 3 A, Vihti kk" directions="At Vihti kk's bus station" phone="" url="http://www.selli.fi/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from 60€" lat="" long="">This option offers lodging in an old police station's premises. If looking for a longer stay, they do have really affordable weekly and monthly plans.</sleep>
  
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
Vihti's Tourist Information is located at ''Niuhalanraitti 21'' in Vihti kk. You can call them +3580440511411 or email [email protected] They do have Facebook-page at https://www.facebook.com/vihdinmatkailupalvelu
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* [[Rauma]] (213 km / 132 mi) one of Finland's oldest town, with stunning wooden Old Town.
 
* [[Rauma]] (213 km / 132 mi) one of Finland's oldest town, with stunning wooden Old Town.
  
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Latest revision as of 10:54, 3 January 2017

Vihti (Swedish: Vichtis) [11] is a municipality in Southern Finland. Its current population is 28 666 inhabitants. Being in the northernmost part of Helsinki Region, it mixes a semi-urban bedroom suburb to living countryside with old manor houses and large amounts of unspoiled nature.

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History[edit]

The first written mention of Vihti is dated 1433, but the official founding year in considered to be 1507, when St. Bridget's Church was built and the first vicar was appointed. The municipality as a legal entity was formed in 1867, after the law regarding municipalities was approved in 1865. The town of Nummela started to grow in 1873 when the railway station on the Helsinki - Hanko line was opened. Despite the newly opened railway connection, Vihti remained quiet and small countryside dominated by numerous farms, until in the 1970s and 80s lightweight industry started to boom the economy and Helsinki's massive growth expanded further and further to Helsinki Region. Nowadays, the population has almost tripled from the year 1950 (and Nummela's population almost tenfold) and the municipality, especially in Nummela, continues its rapid growth, mainly thanks to the tremendous amount of jobs in the Helsinki area.

Orientation[edit]

Vihti can be roughly divided into three parts: Nummela, Vihdin kirkonkylä and surrounding much smaller settlements.

Nummela is the largest population centre and current municipality seat with a population of around 13,000. It is where most of the municipality's shops, restaurants, bars and other services are located, but is heavily residential. Nummela has grown considerably in the last few years due to its proximity to Helsinki and its good transport links, and it is now a decent-sized commuter town in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The town is characterized by its location between two lakes and a steep esker that divides it, and its centre is divided in two by a railway track.

Vihdin kirkonkylä (Finnish for 'Vihti parish', frequently abbreviated as Vihti kk) is the old municipality seat with a population of around 6,000. It has certainly a more historical feel than the more modern Nummela, but has a smaller selection of services and a much more pastoral and laid-back atmosphere. The 18th century church on the top of the hill dominates the landscape, and most shops and restaurants are located on the main street Niuhalanraitti or near the bus station.

Other parts of the municipality are mostly rural, with small villages, farms and forest and virtually no commercial services. These rural areas are host to many of Vihti's highlights, such as Tervalampi with its gateway to Nuuksio National Park, Ojakkala with a ski resort and golf club and Olkkala famous for its stunning old manor.

Note that, confusingly, Vihti can refer to the municipality as a whole or Vihdin kirkonkylä in particular depending on the context. On road signs and bus windows, Vihdin kirkonkylä is usually referred to as simply Vihti or Vihti kk, and Nummela is sometimes abbreviated as NLA.

Tourist information[edit]

Vihti's Tourist Information is located at Niuhalanraitti 21 in Vihti kk. You can call them at +3580440511411 or send them an email at [email protected]

Language[edit]

Despite having a name in Swedish, Vihti is officially unilingual, where only 1.7 % of the population is Swedish-speaking (notably less than some of its neighbouring areas), so it's probably a safer bet to use English instead. As everywhere in Finland, a vast majority of the population speaks understandable or fluent English. Other than English, you can try German or other major European languages.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airport for domestic and international flights is Finland's busiest Helsinki-Vantaa, located about 50 km away from Nummela. Travel to the airport by car takes about 45 minutes. Buses from airport to Nummela charge 9.20 € and bus trip takes 55 minutes, including a transfer in Espoo.

By bus[edit]

Around 50 buses daily connect Nummela to Helsinki, the bus takes 35 - 60 minutes and charges 9.30 €. Around 25 services run to Vihti kk, 65 to 105 minutes (often including a transfer at Nummela), 10.50 €. Buses from and to Helsinki depart from and arrive at Helsinki bus station's long distance terminal.

Express services from Pori and Rauma to Helsinki pick up and leave passengers on Highway 2 intersections at Nummmela and Vihti kk. Price from both cities to Nummela crossroad is 38.10 € and running time equals three hours and 15 minutes.

Neighboring towns Karkkila and Lohja are within 30 minutes of bus rides and tickets are around 5 € with approximate 15 daily connections from both.

Number of services are given for weekdays, price examples for full price adult ticket with no supplements. Note that bus services are less frequent on weekends and buses departing between 23 and 05 charge night supplement.

By train[edit]

Although Nummela originally grew from the railway station in the town and the railroad itself is still a prominent feature of local geography, there is no longer a passenger service on the railroad, only cargo trains. If you are travelling by train from elsewhere in Finland, however, you can select "Nummela" as your destination while buying your train ticket and you will receive a notably reduced price for the Helsinki - Nummela bus.

By car[edit]

The municipality is located in the triangle within Highways 1, 2 and 25 crossing, so it's easy to reach Vihti by car. Some examples from some major cities:

  • Helsinki (45 km / 40 min): Drive Highway 1 towards Turku, then take Highway 2 towards Pori
  • Lahti (115 km / 90 min): Drive Highway 4 towards Helsinki, in Mäntsälä take Highway 25 towards Hanko
  • Tampere (172 km /two hours): Drive Highway 3 towards Helsinki, in Hyvinkää take Highway 25 towards Hanko
  • Turku (128 km / 80 min): Drive Highway 1 towards Helsinki, turn left to Highway 2.

Getting around[edit]

In practice, everything within the centers of Nummela and Vihti kk can be covered easily by walking. Both places are, however, somewhat hilly (around the Vihti Church or the esker in Nummela).

The public transport system within Vihti is not very developed. About 25 daily connections link Nummela and Vihti kk (15-30 min, 3.60 €), and a few buses a day do run to some remote villages (such as Ojakkala, Olkkala and Tervalampi). Buses run most frequently on schooldays.

Taxis are, as everywhere in Finland, new, effective, honest - and expensive. The taxi stands are located by the Nummela and Vihti kk bus stations. A taxi can be ordered by phone, by dialing 0100 4114 (Nummela) or 0100 4115 (Vihti). Normally you can get a taxi without any problems, but during the weekend nights the queues can be remarkable.

Hertz offers car rentals in Nummela by the bus station [12]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Pyhän Birgitan kirkon rauniot (Ruins of St Bridget's Church), Kirkkoniementie, Vihti kk, [1]. Always open. With the ruins of Vihti's old medieval church that hasn't operated in hundreds of years but hasn't completely perished, the small ruins stand in beautiful landscape and a pretty view over the lake. Occasional religious services during summertime.. Free.  edit
  • Hennolan kotieläinpiha, Lepluhdantie 73, Ojakkala, 358 9 2271649, [2]. Jun - Aug 11.00 - 18.00. This small but pretty farm stocks a wide variety of farm animals (pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, goats, horses) to watch and pet, plus an idyllic cafe. Open in the summer months. Adult / child 7 / 3 €.  edit
  • Vihdin kirkko (Vihti Church), Kirkkotie, Vihti, 358 9 3478500, [3]. Jun - Aug 12.00 - 15.00. Vihti's current church, built in 1772. Located on a hill overlooking Vihti kk, a beautiful graveyard and large trees surround the church. Limited opening hours, but can be arranged outside opening hours by dialing to vicar's office (see number below). Religious services year-round. Free.  edit
  • Vihdin museo (Vihti Museum), Kirkkoniementie 1, Vihti kk, 358 9 4258 3185, [4]. Sun 12-15. Vihti's museum is located in two different houses. Standard display features village life in the 19th century. Very limited opening hours during the winter, but less so during the summer. Adult / child 2 € / free.  edit

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As the Everyman's Rights allow free access to nature in Finland, Vihti is known for its great outdoors activities, such as skiing, golf, swimming, trekking and more. All of the municipality, except perhaps parts of the semi-urban area of Nummela, is located in the immediate proximity of beautiful nature.

Trekking[edit]

  • Nuuksion kansallispuisto (Nuuksio National Park), (Tervalampi), 358 205 64 4790, [5]. Always open. This small (on a Finnish scale) but interesting national park offers plenty to see for nature lovers, with no cost. The park entrance on the Vihti side is somewhat quieter than the one on the Espoo side. To get there by public transport, there is a bus connection from Helsinki, Nummela and Vihti kk. Look up further details from it's own article Free.  edit

Golf[edit]

  • Hill Side Golf, Luolaistentie 24, Jokikunta, 358 020 7411 280, [6]. N/A. Two full-18 courses plus 9-hole course. Opening hours shall be updated soon. Adults weekdays / weekends 39 / 45 €, juniors (under 16) 15 €.  edit
  • Vihti Golf, Jussinrinne 1, Ojakkala, 358 9 2252 550, [7]. N/A. Full 18 course plus 9-hole course. Opening hours shall be updated soon. Adults weekdays / weekends 48 / 58 €, juniors (under 16) 35 / 40 €.  edit

Swimming[edit]

  • Vihti has nine public beaches. Three of them qualify the EU-standard -rating "Excellent", they are Myllylampi, Otalampi and Varikkaa. Full list of beaches and their locations can be found from the municipality's website [13]. Be aware, that because of short summers, water might be colder than you expect (18-22 Celsius being normal), even on hot summer days.
  • Vihti Swimming Hall (Vihdin uimahalli), Hiidenvedentie 3, Nummela, 358 9 4258 3179, [8]. Mo - Fr 13 - 20, Sat closed, Sun 11-16. Vihti's swimming hall is small and basic, yet somewhat nationally famous for being home of Finnish swimming legend Jani Sievinen. One 25 m pool for adults plus children's pool. Your easiest chance to visit a public sauna in Vihti. Adult / child 4 € / 2 €.  edit

Shopping[edit]

While Vihti isn't exactly a shopper's heaven, it has totally adequate services for many circumstances, particularly in Nummela. The town centre of Nummela has the largest selection of specialty stores. A large selection of groceries found in Nummela's two competing hypermarkets Citymarket and Prisma. If you are staying for longer and are looking for cheap trekking equipment, fishing equipment, tools, car spare parts and the like, your best bet is Hong Kong. Nummela is also home to an innovative ecologically oriented textile company Globe Hope, which has a factory outlet at Harjutie 14

Eating[edit]

Eating in Vihti might not be an unforgettable experience, but some better restaurants have popped up recently. Some of the better options are:

  • Il Punto, Pilkkukuja 2, Nummela (Next to the roundabout in the town centre.). Nice cafe with salads, pasta and the like  edit
  • Cafe Casalen, Pisteenkaari 4, Nummela (Next to the roundabout in the town centre.). Cafe and design gift shop. Soups, warm meals, salads and sandwiches.  edit
  • Heng Feng, Tuusantie 3, Nummela (Close to bus station).  edit
  • Bihani, Vihdintie 3, Nummela, 09 2226199. Nepali cuisine, good food and great service  edit
  • Cantina Antonio, Pisteenkaari 4, Nummela (At market square). 'Mexican' cuisine  edit

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Vihti's night life concentrates in Nummela. It has a surprisingly vibrant scene for its size on weekends, but on weekdays bars and clubs tend to be rather quiet.

  • Cantina Antonio, Pistenkaari 4, Nummela (At market square). While a Mexican restaurant at daytime, this one doubles as a crowded disco / night club during Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights  edit
  • Ned Kelly's, Pilkkukuja 1 (Adjacent to Market square). On weekdays laid-back cafe / bar, turns into crowded night club on weekends. Especially popular with younger locals.  edit

Accommodation[edit]

  • Air Hotel, Lentokentäntie 5, Nummela (Nummela airport), [9]. About a mile away from the town center, Air Hotel is next to Nummela's leisure flying center 85.  edit
  • Selli Majoitus, Linjalankuja 3 A, Vihti kk (At Vihti kk's bus station), [10]. This option offers lodging in an old police station's premises. If looking for a longer stay, they do have really affordable weekly and monthly plans. from 60€.  edit


Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

Following cities and towns can be reached directly from Nummela by car / bus, distances in parentheses.

  • Helsinki (45 km / 28 mi) capital city of Finland
  • Turku (127 km / 79 mi) old capital at west coast
  • Hanko (100 km / 62 mi) charming southern harbor town
  • Lohja (19 km / 12 mi) mid-size modern town, with interesting mine museum and medieval church
  • Hyvinkää (49 km / 30 mi) industrial town, important railway hub
  • Pori (200 km / 124 mi) old town at West Coast, home of Pori Jazz -happening
  • Rauma (213 km / 132 mi) one of Finland's oldest town, with stunning wooden Old Town.

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