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The Kvarken Archipelago is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
World Heritage Gateway Visitor Center

World Heritage Gateway

Welcome to the World Heritage Gateway - the Visitor Center of the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Gateway is located by Finland’s longest bridge, Replot Bridge, and just at the border of the World Heritage Site of Kvarken Archipelago. The drive to the Gateway takes just 20 minutes from the center of Vaasa. At the Gateway, you will learn about the World Heritage and get tips on the places to visit in the archipelago.

You can explore the Gateway by yourself at the hall or at the Art Gallery Arte Mare. In the hall, there are short videos, a touch screen and free brochures. With a small entrance fee, you experience the World Heritage of the Kvarken with different senses at the brand new exhibition Weichsel. During the summer season, the World Heritage shop is open and sells World Heritage products and small souvenirs.

If you get hungry, the Restaurant & Cafe Berny’s offers food in the same premises year-round. The Gateway is an obstacle free zone and is also suitable for families with children.

Opening hours

Opening Hours in the Winter Season

During the winter season, the Gateway is open from October to April according to the opening hours of the Restaurant & Cafe Berny’s. There is no personnel present during winter season, but you can familiarise yourself with the World Heritage in the hall and in the Art Gallery Arte Mare.

Opening Hours in the Summer Season

During the summer season, the Gateway is open from May to September and has personnel present.

  • In May and September weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm
  • In October 1st until 20th Mon-Sat from 10 am to 4 pm
  • In June, July and August both weekdays and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm

At other times, the Gateway is open according to agreement.

See the Restaurant and Cafe Berny’s opening hours here.

The entrance fee and guidance

The Entrance Fee to the Weichsel Exhibition

  • Adults 6 €
  • Retired 5 €
  • Discount ticket  3 €
    (children 7-17 years / unemployed)
  • Children under 7 years for free
  • Group ticket  5 € / person
    (booking in advance, and the minimum size for the group is 10 persons)

Guidance at the Gateway

Guidance must be booked in advance via e-mail or telephone. See the contact information and the prices for guidance below.

Kindergarten and school groups

Guidance for kindergarten and school groups costs 50 € / maximum 30 persons.

Free entrance for all the kindergarten groups and the school groups from the World Heritage municipalities (Mustasaari, Vaasa, Vöyri, Maalahti ja Korsnäs).

Entrance fee of 3 € / pupil for other school groups.

Other group guidance

Weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm
50 € / maximum of 50 persons, entrance fee of 5 € / person

Evenings and weekends
100 € / maximum of 50 persons, entrance fee of 5 € / person

Payment

We accept cash, debit and credit cards (also Visa Electron) or invoice.

Invoicing for groups

You should have the following information with you: invoicing address, business ID / personal details. The invoice is sent afterwards to the given address. Note that a invoicing fee of 10 € will be charged.

The prices include value added tax (VAT) of 10 %. We reserve the right to any price changes.

Contact the World Heritage Gateway

  • +358 50 3466 200