What to see and do
The beautiful seaside town of Uusikaupunki has a southern European feel to it. The charming old wooden houses, interesting sights, the wide range of activities, excellent cafés and restaurants, as well as the amazing sea and nature attractions are sure to make your visit a memorable one.
Wooden house enthusiast’s dream
The perfect place to start your visit to this beautiful seaside town is by the Kaupunginlahti bay, where a series of story boards and seaside ponderings embedded into walls and paving stones create a kind of outdoor museum. The 19th century storehouses along the bayside were originally used for storing salt, but now they house excellent restaurants and terrace bars.
Uusikaupunki is home to one of the most extensive and best-preserved Empire style wooden house districts in Finland. Six hundred wooden houses in more than forty blocks will make you wish you could peek inside. And you can by attending the Old Houses of Uusikaupunki event on 3–4 September. You can already see some of the gardens during the guided walking tours in the summer. During the guided tours, you can experience many stories about Uusikaupunki. In addition to garden walks, there are various other guided walks with themes such as the Treaty of Nystad, Stories by the Bay, the Seven Great Fires, and a character tour led by Sanni Winter. The Petäjämäki-themed “detective walks” are hosted by the author of the Petäjämäki books, Rake Tähtinen. You can also experience the history of the town on your own using our mobile apps.
Plenty to see in a new town
The beautifully painted Art House Pilvilinna with its cottage, art trail, and rose garden is a captivating 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. The museum’s exhibition takes you to the dark side of the town to show you what went on after sundown. For more maritime history, you can also visit the Naval Pilot Museum and the Sailor’s Home Museum.
The Automobile Museum has three exhibition halls full of wonders for car fans of all ages. In addition to a wide range of vehicles, you can visit some unique miniature worlds. 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.
The Minifarm & Flower Fair offers solutions for building, renovating, gardening, and outdoor living areas. The evening market events at the Pakkahuone guest harbour and the themed Tul toril market events are a must see for any visitor. On Myllymuori’s children’s adventures in July, Myllytonttu attempts a trip to space. The Crusell Music Festival on 23–30 July takes listeners back to the swinging 1920s.
You can read more about the natural attractions and various activities on offer from sections Sea and nature and Relax and refresh.