There are few things I find more relaxing and peaceful than being by the lake, and Lahti, Finland offers lakeside living at its finest, albeit in a completely unpretentious way.
Situated northeast of the capital of Helsinki and located by the water, I was glad to spend a day roaming through Lahti. The itinerary included walking by the harbour, enjoying coffee and dessert at a modern cafe (that appears as if it is floating over the lake), and stopping by Sibelius Hall, a concert hall named after the famous composer Jean Sibelius.
Water? Check. Architecture. Check. Culture? You bet. Lahti has all of that, and then some, to offer locals and visitors alike.