1) Enjoy the award-winning parks: Sapokka Water Garden, Katariina Seaside park, Isopuisto. You car rarely see as many parks in one city as in Kotka. Many of them have been awarded and Sapokka Water garden is the most awarded park in Finland. Take a virtual tour.
2) Get to know how the Emperor of Russia Alexander III and his family were spending summer in Langinkoski. The Fishing Lodge is located on the riverside of the River Kymi. The museum is open to the public in the summertime, however, you can visit the rapid of Langinkoski and the natural area throughout the year. If you are lucky enough, you might see the Emperor and the Imperatriz themselves in the lodge and take a memorable photo.
3) Take a look at the underwater world of Finland in Maretarium. Here you will discover more than 60 species of fishes and underwater animals that live in Finnish rivers, lakes and seas. All of them live in natural conditions so you can follow their live periods depending on the season of the year. In summertime and during the school holidays, you can observe how a diver feeds fishes inside the Baltic sea tank. The visit to Maretarium will be an interesting adventure for children as well as for adults.
4) Hear the stories of the seamen and get to know the history of Kymenlaakso county in Maritime Centre Vellamo. This modern building that reminds a gigantic wave hosts The National Maritime Museum of Finland, the museum of Kymenlaakso and various temporary exhibitions. There are also different events and concerts.
5) Enjoy archipelago views on the island of Varissaari Fort Elisabeth. Enjoy the picturesque archipelago view from the coast of Varissaari island. This small island is located just in a 10 min. journey from Sapokka harbour. During summertime, local motorboats “tuuri” leave from the pier every hour. Varissaari is an ideal spot if you are thinking of a mini-archipelago trip. Varissaari is also known as Fort Elisabeth which was designed by A. Suvorov to protect St. Petersburg which was a capital of Russia at that time from the military treat of Sweden.
You can have a tour around the island and see the old remaining fortifications. There is also a public beach, picnic areas and volleyball ground. There is also a summer restaurant Vaakku which definitely has the best sea views in Kotka.
6) Shop locally and taste local delicacies in the city centre Pay a visit to small shops around Kotka city centre for some souvenir and Finnish design shopping. Try out also some local food and drinks.
7) Take a ride around Kotka with the street train Hedda Stina
The best place to taste the local legendary Posso donut at the Kotka market square. The local ‘posso’ delicacy is a thinner version of the famous ‘munkkipossu’ pastry, this time filled with apple jam and made in Kotka for over 70 years. This used to be a sweet treat for harbour workers and, if hunger struck, often accompanied by a meat pie. Fresh posso is hand-baked every morning and is usually sold out in the first part of the day 😊 You can also taste Kaski craft beer from small brewery from Virolahti in local pubs. Their smoked lager was awarded as the best Finnish lager 2017.
9) Experience the Finnish forest by taking a tour on the Santalahti nature trail
Meet the locals ❤
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