In Karis you fall in love with the rich nature, the architecture and the verdure nature trails. Here is plenty to do for both adults, youngsters and kids.
Karis is known as a traffic center because most of the people who visit Raseborg arrive in Karis. The transportation connections from Karis to the rest of the villages in Raseborg are good. Karis is the second biggest suburb in Raseborg, approximately one hour’s travel away from both Helsinki and Turku.
History and sights
The green and wonderful park Pumpviken is one of the most important sights in Karis. In the middle of the lake in Pumpviken you’ll find a small island, which is a perfect place to have a picnic. The locals are very proud of their chruch, St. Cathrine’s Chruch, that descends from the Middle Ages. The church was built in 1470 and is situated in Prästgården next to the lake Kyrkån. Here you can get to know the history of the area back from the Middle Ages. Eurydike is a nostalgic sculpture to many of the Karis citizens. The sculpture is located in front of the town hall and during the spring 2018 local entrepreneurs and volunteers of Karis repaired and restored it. The Läppträsket is a great place for those interested in nature and birds.
The stylish functionalist houses planned by architect Ekelund also belong to the tourist attractions. It’s possible to get to know more about the town’s architecture by booking a guided tour. On the other hand, the ruins of Junkarsborg and Läppträsket tell us about the older settlements back from the Iron Age.
With time Karis has developed a broad supply of cultural events. All year around you can get to know different artists’ works at the Galleri Fokus. The theater Tryckeriteatern offers both local and national perfomances with music, dance and theatre. Next door you’ll find Luckan Raseborg, they sell tickets to all events in Raseborg.
Karis also offers some annually arranged events, for example Karis Night, Faces Festival and Ank Race arranged in Pumpviken. The newest addition to the supply of events is Raasepori Festival, next time held in summer 2021.
In addition to these events, Karis also offers a rich food culture. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee at the local favourite Art Cafe Serendipity, try a Raseburger at Restaurant KW or taste authentic local food at the restaurant Köttkontrollen.
The adrenalin hunters also find a nice supply of activities in Karis. Children can use their energy at the Skate park or Parkour park in the summer and visit the ice rink in the winter. You can swim in the lake Svedjaträsket or try disc golfing anywhere near the Pumpviken. Just outside the city you can ride Icelandic horses at the horse stable Solfari stable.