Raatteen Portti Winter War Museum
Programme informationOpening hours:
12.5.-21.6. 10 am-6 pm, 23.6.-12.8. 10 am-7 pm and 13.8.-30.9. 10 am-6 pmTickets:
Adults 9,50 €, children 7-15 years 5 €, groups min. 20 persons 6 €/4 €
Exhibition of Raatteen Portti interpretates the course of the battle through the eyes of both parties. Thousands of young men had to suffer the battle in subhumane conditions-frozen to the core and undernourished. Today a stonefield with 17 000 stones emmemorate the sufferings of the fallen men. The 105 copper bells of the Monument inside the stonefield symbolize the duration of the Winter War. Along 18 km long Raate Road many memorials tell the story of soldiers´s sacrifices.The Frontier Guard Museum located at the eastern end of the Raate road at Suomussalmi is restored to its state of 1939. It tells us of the life of a frontier guard post before the Second World War. This building is the only one of the guard houses built before the WW II by the independent state of Finland which is left. Local guides are available.
Cafè-restaurant in Raatteen Portti specializes in army-style cuisine. The soft doughnuts are delicious. B&B-accommodation.
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