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 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. You can check the information about the World Heritage Site in the exhibition in the hall and take part of the exhibitions in the Art Gallery Arte Mare on your own.
Opening Hours in the Summer of 2020
The World Heritage Gateway Visitor Center will open its doors on June 1st in 2020. After the opening, the World Heritage Gateway will be manned and the summer guides will be at your services daily from 10am until 6pm in the summer of 2020.
- In June, July and August both weekdays and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm
- In September Mon – Sat from 10 am to 4 pm
- In October 1st until 17th Mon-Sat from 10 am to 4 pm
At other times, the visitor center is open according to agreement.
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
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.
World Heritage Gateway 2020
The Kvarken Archipelago Visitor Center - The World Heritage Gateway - is open daily from 10 am until 4 pm 1.9 - 17.10.2020.