The city of Mikkeli is the capital of the Province of Eastern Finland and it is situated by the Lake Saimaa. Mikkeli is a lively town with the most beautiful lake scenery. It takes only two hours to drive by car from the market place in Mikkeli to Helsinki city centre. Mikkeli is situated on the crossroads of five highways. Good connections to eastern, southern and central Finland give great opportunities to local business and travelling. Certainly, Mikkeli is a combination of interesting history and traditions, active business, high education and research, culture, nature and internationality.
Mikaeli Concert Hall is one of the most beautiful modern halls in Finland. The main hall seats 700 people and has wonderful acoustics. In addition there is a small chamber music hall with 166 seats.
Traveling to Mikkeli
From Helsinki: The City of Mikkeli is located on the main Savonia track between Helsinki and Kuopio. Typically, there are 8 daily connections from Helsinki to Mikkeli ranging from regular express trains to slightly better equipped InterCity 2 -trains. The fastest connection from Helsinki to Mikkeli are the Pendolino trains, that take 2 hours and 16 minutes to Mikkeli from Helsinki. Coming from Helsinki airport it is good to know that the closest train station to the airport is not Helsinki main railway station but Tikkurila station.
From Tampere: If you arrive to Finland via Tampere airport you can also take the train via Pieksämäki, which will take 3-4 hours total.
From St. Petersburg: There are three daily train connections between Mikkeli and St. Petersburg: morning train, day train and the evening train. Train trip takes approximately 3,5 hours and cointains one short change of train in Kouvola. Ticket prices are typically around 80-90 euros / person.
See more at: www.vr.fi (also in English).
St. Petersburg by bus
Savonlinja buses depart from Mikkeli to Saint Petersburg ( via. Vyborg) daily. You may also enter the bus from Ristiina and Kangasniemi.
See more at: http://www.savonlinja.fi/linjaliikenne/jklpietari.html
Accommodation in Mikkeli:
Hotel Uusikuu - the closest place to the concert hall
Marjan Matkakoti - a very charming and affordable place a bit off centre
Gasthaus Mikkeli - probably the cheapest choice
Sokos Hotel Vaakuna