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Onkkaala is the center village of Pälkäne community. Pälkäne and Luopioinen were united at 2007. Pälkäne is sorrounded by water; lake Mallasvesi on the west side and lake Pälkänevesi on the east side. Kostianvirta river flows through the lakes and the center of Onkkaala. Other important lake is Kukkia in Luopioinen.
Onkkaala is small but big enough to offer all needed services; big grocery shops, pharmacy, banks, specialty shops, cafes and bars.
Old and new church
In the picture above you can see “new” church of Pälkäne. It is designed by architect Carl Ludvig Engel who has also designed the famous Nikolai’s church in Helsinki. The old church below is from the middle ages but there are only ruins left. However it is an interesting place to visit.
Kostianvirta river flows true the village center. Kostianvirta has had an important battle in the war against Russians during the time when Finland was part of Sweden. You can find the place near the river with more information about the battle. The area nearby is very appreciated and many beautiful villas are build by the river.
In the beginning of the river, by lake Mallasvesi, you’ll find a great place for swimming and relaxing. This natural beach has white sand and clear water. It is popular between families who have children as there a good services for kids. Other great swimming places and tourist harbors you’ll find from Aitoo, Luopioinen and Kuohijoki.
Pälkäne is famous from it’s high quality local food. There are many producers who sell directly from their own shops. Laitikkala village has been renamed to Makukylä which means the Village of taste.
Many of these places have a coffee place and guided tours for tourist. Niittyseppälä has a nice tourist farm with domestic animals next to their shop (in the summer).
Syrjänharju is a part of a mountain (ridge) chain that runs from Salpausselkä to Ostrobothnia. From the water tower of Syrjänharju you can admire the landscapes of Pälkäne. The tower is located right in the center of Pälkäne.
Beautiful country villages
All villages in Pälkäne are worth for a visit, especially in the summer. Among the most beautiful ones are Luopioinen, Puutikkala, Laitikkala and tiny villages of Haltian and Vuolijoki. Vuolijoki is actually part of Hämeenlinna but we recommend to visit it if you are in the Pälkäne.