Ruissalo rises from the sea
An island shaped by farming and villa culture
Life at the villas of Ruissalo

The story of Ruissalo

The diverse landscape of Ruissalo shows the centuries of interaction between humans and nature. The island was drawn on the map a long time ago as the landscape was shaped by the ice age and the following lake and sea phases of the Baltic Sea. Humans started inhabiting the islands near Ruissalo in the middle ages. The island of Ruissalo functioned first as common pasture and a base for fishing, until the lands of Ruissalo were gradually transformed into fields and the features of the island were changed further as a result of human activity. In the mid-19th century, people started building villas in Ruissalo, and the island gradually became a recreation area for all the city’s residents, keeping its splendour even today.


Cultural attractions, part I
Cultural attractions, part II