Get familiar with Uusikaupunki
The beautiful seaside town of Uusikaupunki has a southern European feel to it. Experience centuries of history and the wonders of the archipelago in a safe setting.
Enjoy the small-town atmosphere
The beautiful Kaupunginlahti bayside with its piers, lighting and restaurants calls visitors to the seaside. Get to know the history of the town in the outdoors museum with stories of the town’s seafaring days along the bayside.
Uusikaupunki is filled with unique shops and great restaurants and cafés serving local delicacies. Join a guided walking tour around the old wooden house district of the town centre. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Nystad. To commemorate this historic event, the City of Uusikaupunki offers townspeople and visitors alike peace-themed guided walking tours. You can also delve into the town’s history by downloading the Uki AR mobile app and enjoying a trip down memory lane with a 19th century maid. For fans of the local Petäjämäki detective novels, there are also some “murder walks” available in Finnish, hosted by the author Rake Tähtinen himself.
The evening market events at the Pakkahuone guest harbour are a must see for any visitor, and the popular Tul Toril themed market events bring the market square to life on summer Saturdays. This August, the market events will commemorate the Treaty of Nystad with a peace theme. Myllymuori is running low on water, and on this year’s children’s adventure trips, the children will be helping her find a well. In late July, the Myllymäki hillside will come alive with a soundscape exhibition of dialect proverbs narrated by locals.
The Crusell Music Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an amazing range of concerts on 24–31 July. The festival will also host the Crusell International Clarinet Competition. The Old Houses of Uusikaupunki event opens the doors of beautiful homes and gardens to the public on 4–5 September.
Experience the many sights of Uusikaupunki
The joyfully colourful Art House Pilvilinna is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The courtyard of the beautifully painted house includes a cottage, an art trail, and a rose garden.
Wahlberg’s museum house provides a glimpse into the life of a merchant family during the golden age of the town’s seafaring history. The museum’s Place of Peace exhibition presents a local perspective on the events of the Treaty of Nystad which took place in Uusikaupunki in the early 18th century. The Naval Pilot museum exhibits items of maritime history and the life of naval pilots, and the Sailor’s Home museum shows what everyday life was like for a sailor’s family.
The Automobile Museum has three exhibition halls full of wonders for car fans of all ages. In addition to the cars and other types of vehicles, you can take a look at the “miniworld” exhibition put together by the Raunistulan nukkekotikerho dollhouse club. The title of the most peculiar museum in town goes to the Bonk Museum, which 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.
Below you can find the TOP 3 lists of the best things about Uusikaupunki written by someone who has moved here as well as someone who has moved back to Uusikaupunki after living elsewhere for a while.
Weekend visitor turned happy permanent resident
Mikko Rantanen first got to know Uusikaupunki during weekend trips and liked it so much that he decided to move here.
“I fell in love with the view of the sea and the lively atmosphere. Walking around the beautiful wooden house district and dining in the bayside restaurants were truly memorable experiences. Returning to my home in Turku always felt like I was leaving home instead.”
Mikko has worked in theatres all his life. He believes performance art to be a great tool for experiencing the world in new ways. Uusikaupunki offers many fruitful opportunities for cultural projects.
“Although I’m still finding my footing in this new home, other locals who work in cultural projects have shown refreshing positivity towards me. I’m slowly getting to know everyone, and I’m approaching the new opportunities with an open mind. I want to visit all the theatres and museums in the area, so there’s still a lot to see”, Mikko says.
1. Kirkkokadun Amanda ja Olga was always a welcoming place to stay during my visits here. The beautiful wooden house gave me a comfortable setting to work on my ideas for the theatre and to have the occasional nap.
2. I’ve had many a delicious meal on the terrace of Restaurant Captain’s Makasiini. The service is great and the food is excellent. I plan to take my friends there, too.
3. I went to the Kuvala cinema to see a film about the life of Tove Jansson. The intimate nature of the film was a perfect fit for the historic building of the cinema. It’s great to know such places still exist.
Successful ice hockey player enjoys life in Pyhämaa
Kari Takko, who is known for his prodigious career in ice hockey, currently lives in his summer cottage in Pyhämaa. He and his wife Kirsi bought the cottage already in 1989, and they have spent a lot of their holidays there. This year, the couple moved there permanently, thus returning to the town where Kari was born. The Takko family moved to Pori when Kari was still a child, but Uusikaupunki has always had a place in his heart. “Growing up, I spent nearly every summer and Christmas here with my grandparents, either at their cottage in Pirkholma or their home on Pohjoistullinkatu”, Kari explains.
During his career, Kari played in Sweden, USA, and Canada. Since 2000, he has worked as the Director of European Scouting for NHL team Dallas Stars as well as the player coordinator for his home team Porin Ässät. Kari says that he mostly enjoys spending time in Uusikaupunki and at his cottage. “I don’t think the locals realise what a truly wonderful place Uusikaupunki is”, he says. He thinks people should be prouder of where they come from.
1. The Kaupunginlahti bayside is a wonderful area. It’s beautiful and peaceful, and there’s some delicious food on offer, too. The renovated bayside boulevard fits in nicely with the old storehouses. I’m glad that such historic buildings have been maintained in Uusikaupunki.
2. A trip to the Isokari lighthouse island was a memorable experience for me. Even just the voyage to get there is a great experience, not to mention the guided tour of the island and getting to climb to the top of the third oldest lighthouse in Finland. Amazing views!
3. If you enjoy nature, I recommend visiting the Pamprinniemi seaside nature trail in Pyhämaa. I especially enjoy the sound of the wind and the waves splashing against the rocks at the tip of the peninsula.