THE GEOPARK IS FILLED WITH SIGNIFICANT CULTURAL SITES

Lauhanvuori - Hämeenkangas Geopark is more than just an unbeatable natural destination – the area hosts cultural sites of both local and national significance, which take visitors even thousands of years back in time.

ANCIENT HISTORY IN A WOLF CAVE

Among the hundred cultural heritage sites found in the Geopark area, there is one of particular interest: The Wolf Cave may have once served as the home of Neanderthal people. Whether the Wolf Cave dates back to the times of our ancient forefathers or not, it is the oldest archaeological site in the area.

 

HUMAN TRACES IN THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Tour the Geopark to discover human traces left on the landscape in the course of hundreds of years. Pause in the nationally valuable landscape areas of Hyypänjoki valley in Kauhajoki and Vihteljärvi – Riihonlahti in Kankaanpää. Walk along the medieval road of Kyrönkankaantie. Sense the past in nationally significant built cultural environments, churches and museums. See locally valuable memorials and exhibitions on local power figures.

LOCAL STATE OF MIND

Tread in the steps of the locals by exploring the art of brewing sahti, which has been done in the area for hundreds of years. There are even brewing courses available at the Sahtiopisto brewer’s school in Isojoki. The area hosts an abundance of events that will introduce you to the contemporary local culture. The Geopark area is also known for its ITE art. ITE art is art made by amateur artists in their everyday life – a kind of “self-made life”. ITE artworks can be admired, for example, on roadsides or at the Alpo’s Savannah exhibition in Kauhajoki.