Experience Kotka-Hamina Region on a mobile device online and offline.
Downloading and instructions
The VisitKotkaHamina mobile guide is available free of charge on Android, IOs and Windows phones and tablets. This app can be used also offline you download it together with routes beforehand.
1. Download the application from Google Play store Google Play or App Store, by using the searchword VisitKotkaHamina.
2. Activate the application and select the active network connection option.
3. VisitKotkaHamina routes: select a route from the list
4. Open the route online, or download it onto your device so that you can use the route without an Internet connection!
If you cannot download the guide for some reason, call the support number +358 50 341 1627 (open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Route information also online
If you do not have a mobile device, you can also view the routes online:
1. There is a search bar ”Search Routes” at the top of the www.citynomadi.com page.
2. Enter ”VisitKotkaHamina” as the search word.
3. Select a route from the list
4. The route can be viewed on a map via the browser.
5. On the left, you can view the route information layers.
6. Click on the points on the map for more information on the locations!
The map can be changed on the go
Nature trails include a map by the National Land Survey of Finland, which may take slightly longer to download the first couple of times. The map will download faster after the first couple of times and is the most useful map when outdoors. You can also change the map to an OpenStreetMap or a Google map when on the go: click the stack icon on the right side of the bottom bar.
Santalahti nature trail
The Santalahti nature trail includes two route options of around 2.5 km each. If you want to hike the whole route, the length is 4.5 km. The trail provides information on the nature and wildlife of our versatile coastal regions, a unique environment on which human action has had a major impact.
Architectural Sights in Kotka
The predecessor of the city of Kotka was the fortress town of Ruotsisalmi. There are still remains of the fortress period around the city and the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Isopuisto Park commemorating the community founded by the Russians in the end of 18th century. The great increase in sawmill industry by the mouth of the river Kymijoki in the 1870s helped to develop the present city Kotka. Sawmills brought wealth and workers outside of Kotka influence to this young city. Establishers of sawmills were, for example, Hans Gutzeit with his skilled workers from Norway and William Ruth in Karhula, later A. Ahlström limited company. The workers first lived in several-family houses built by the sawmills but soon they built original and small-featured residential areas by the shores near by the sawmills. They built up houses, for example, of bits of plank that were a leftover of sawing. The town was founded in 1879. Memorable buildings from all the architectural eras after this can be found by taking a little walk around the city centre. These different eras can be seen, for example, from the terrace of the City Hall (1934) or in the surroundings of the Kotka Church (1898). Worth seeing for those who interested in history of architecture are the houses called “pytinki”, the balcony access blocks of the Norwegian sawmill, or the shingle houses in Karhula. Kotka was born around sawmills and harbours. Therefore the latest memorable buildings are found in harbours, of which oldest parts are now brought into new use to promote tourism and culture.
Walking in Old Hamina
Hamina is an idyllic seaside town located beside the Eastern Gulf of Finland. The roots of Hamina go back to the 17th century, and Hamina with its age of over 360 years is actually the oldest town in the region of Kymenlaakso. The old centre of Hamina is a real attraction. The circular town plan, which is very rare on a global scale, and the surrounding star-shaped fortress constitute a unique sight which is certainly worth exploring.
Disappeared town-fortress Ruotsinsalmi
This route will bring you to Kotka history stages as fortress city and to interesting biographies.
Border of peace: in between East and West
The Kingdom of Sweden and the Russian Empire divided Pyhtää in half in 1743. The New and Old Finland were united two hundred years ago, but the coats of arms of municipalities and regions in Ahvenkoski still bear witness to the border agreed in the Treaty of Åbo. Kotka-Hamina region from Kymi river to Hurppu has witnessed over the centuries many boundary alignment and controversy.