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“Nice option to enjoy peaceful attraction”
Review of Haralanharju Tower

Reviewed January 6, 2014

The sightseeing towers in Kangasala are a very good option near Tampere city instead of visiting the famous tourist spot in Pyynikinharju, Tampere. You will probably be companied by only few people. The forest around is also very nice, go for a walk!

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Kangasala has been famous for its beautiful views since 19th century. In 1853 the famous writer Zacharias Topelius wrote the song "Kesäpäivä Kangasalla" (meaning "summerday in Kangasala") inspired from watching views from this hill. In 1853 Helsinki was suffering from cholera, and Zacharias was invited for a trip to Kangasala parish. The Aminoff family who he visited, took him walking on the paths of the ridge to see the great views to the lake, and that inspired him to write a poem.

After 10 years, in 1863, a composer called Gabriel Linsén, visited Kangasala. He was accompanied by two germans, to whom he was working as a translator. They all were amazed by the place´s natural beauty, and Linsén then composed the Topelius´s poem.

This nice song is still sung in the school´s summer starting parties in every school in Kangasala. It has been nominated as the "song of the province of Pirkanmaa" in 1995. You can find the English lyrics and notes on a pdf-file by googling it´s English name "On The Highest Tree-Top", which refers to the first words of the song "Mä oksalla ylimmällä...".

The first sightseeing tower was built in Suinula in 1890´s, and it was ruined in a fire in 1922. The next tower was built 1932 and renovated in 2003 for about 10 000 €. In January 2007, a 20 years local old man burned this tower down "because he was angry for his girlfriend". He had already burned another of the Kangasala´s 4 famous sightseeing towers, Keisarinharju sightseeing tower in August 2006 and the same time tried to burn the Kirkkoharju sightseeing tower too (which is made of concrete, and not so easily burned...). He was suffering from 8 months conditional prisonery, when he burned this 20-meter tall wooden tower.

The new tower was built in 2008-2009 with a lot of volunteer work by locals. It is open all year round. For the summer, there is a small stall selling coffee etc. There is a small fee (1 €) for entering the tower. There are nice views over Kangasala. The parking lot at the end of Haralanharjuntie is just near by.

This attraction is quite hard to access via bus, you must have a car to come here or at least rent a bike from Tampere and bike about 25 km to get here.

This is great place to see some natural beauty of my home parish, well worth visiting, especially if you learn yourself a bit of the history behind the scenes...

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