Uusikaupunki suprises visitors with its versatility
Over 400 years old, the beautiful seaside town of Uusikaupunki has a southern European feel to it. The town offers unique experiences all year with its beautiful old wooden houses, interesting attractions and events, a wide range of activities, cafés and restaurants with delicious offering, and stunning sea and nature.
Wooden house enthusiast´s dream
On the beautiful bayside boulevard, you will find a kind of outdoor museum with story walls and sea-themed texts embedded in the tiles. The beautiful bayside storehouses were used to store salt in the 19th century, but now you can find restaurants with both sweet and savoury treats. The town centre offers many kinds of interesting shops, including the Uki Outlet shop open during the summer.
The Empire-style wooden house district is one of the largest and best preserved in the country. During the summer, you can join a walking tour to peek into some of the beautiful gardens. There are also guided walking tours (in Finnish) with different themes: The Treaty of Nystad, Stories by the Bay, Seven Great Fires, Sanni Winter, and Myllymäki. Rake Tähtinen, the author of the Petäjämäki detective novels set in Uusikaupunki, also offers guided tours into the world of his books.
Funny places and nice events
Art House Pilvilinna with its art trail and rose garden is a wonderful experience. Wahlberg’s museum house provides a glimpse into the life of a merchant family during the golden age of the town’s seafaring history. Maritime history is also exhibited in the Naval Pilot Museum and the Sailor’s Home Museum. The Automobile Museum has three large exhibition halls with plenty to see for car fans of all ages. The Bonk Museum exhibits a range of out-of-this-world inventions and defunctioned machines. In the children’s Innovatorium workshop, younger visitors can design their own Bonk devices.
The Minifarm & Flower Fair event for the whole family is held this year on 20–21 May. The evening market events at the Pakkahuone guest harbour and the Tul toril themed market events at the market square are a must see for any visitor. This year’s new addition are the Activity Thursdays held in the town centre. Myllymuori’s children’s adventure trips in July go out looking for the King’s Treasure. The gripping audio tale “Haunting in the smock mill” can be heard on Myllymäki on 3–9 July.
Finnish top artists will be performing at Karjurock on 21–22 July. The theme for the Crusell Music Festival on 22–29 July is Dreams of Tomorrow, and the festival is organised in co-operation with WWF and the Finnish Climate Change Panel. Wooden boats and vintage vehicles are on show at Pakkahuone and Möljä on 12 August. During the winter season, you can enjoy performances at the Uusikaupunki Theatre and various summer theatres (mostly in Finnish). For more events and tips, see visituusikaupunki.fi
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