Vanhankaupunginkoski is a perfect destination for a little outing with children within Helsinki on a sunny Easter Monday when everything is closed. Vanhakaupunki (“old town”) is just north of Toukola and the waterfall in the Vantaa river. There is a tiny island in the middle of the river, on one side is a small natural waterfall (with very brown water…) and on the other side where the mill and dam is, a stronger built waterfall.
My kids were both in awe and afraid of the waterfalls, even though I had warned them about the loud sound of the waterfall (and all I could think was how they are going to react when they see the beautiful big waterfalls in New Zealand). But they loved the cute little bridges to walk on and to look at the locks attached by sweethearts on one of them. I fancy the look of the lovely old red brick buildings, the old mill and nowadays a technical museum, and we all enjoyed a walk/jump/run on both sides of the calm part of the river as well as the packed picnic lunch on one of the benches with the nice view in the sunny weather. There are loads of men fishing there too, just using a rod and hook is free in Finland, for other type of fishing you need to buy a permit.