The charming Old Town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1991 as an exemplary well-maintained Nordic wooden town. There are numerous shops and stores, but the best part is to sit down to the terrace of a restaurant or bar, for a piece of cake or a cold pint of beer on a light summer evening. Remember to have a look at Kituränn, the narrowest street in Finland!
A Bronze Age burial site, Sammallahdenmäki, is the other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rauma. The site is the widest on the Gulf of Bothnia, and features 36 burial crains. There is a 1,5km long path that is suitable for hiking independently. There are also lots of information available on the site. However, guided tours are also very popular, as the guide gives you lots of insight to the area, its history, and the Bronze Age in the North.
Kuuskajaskari Fortress Island
The former military fortress island still has a strong feeling of the past. There are many interesting military relics, such as four coastal cannons, one of them still even functional! There are also two surveillance towers, many trenches, shooting ranges, and other important parts of a former fortress. The Kuuskajaskari trail introduces the geology of the island to its visitors, and the island features saunas, a restaurant, a café, and holiday apartments as well.
Church of the Holy Cross
Originally a Franciscan monastery, the 15th century building is now a Lutheran church. What makes it special are the medieval frescoes on the walls and the ceiling!
Marela and Kirsti’s House
Marela is a beautiful museum presenting the home of a ship owner in the turn of the 20th century, the golden time of seafaring in Rauma. Kirsti’s house has been accommodating sailors, bobbin lace makers, a blacksmith and a firefighter, but serves now as a museum as well.
The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity
Originally built in the 15th century as a parish church, the building got destroyed in a fire in 1640. Nowadays, the ruins are just a reminiscence of the past, but create a beautiful dramatic setting in the surrounding park.
There are old ships, such as schooner Kathrina, or galeas Ihana, that bring people out to the sea for sail. The trips vary in duration, and often include a meal. There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful archipelago and see the Baltic sea!
Rauma Lace Week
Bobbin lace making traditions have deep roots in Rauma, and lace has been made in Rauma at least from the mid 18th century forwards. The Lace Week has been an annual event in Rauma since 1971, and the lace exhibitions attract lace makers and guests from all over Finland as well as overseas.
Rauma Maritime Museum
Located in the former Rauma Maritime school, that was completed in 1900, the museum has still an authentic feeling. It exhibits the rich seafaring traditions in Rauma, not only focusing on the ships, but also explaining the lives of the sailors.
Opened as a museum in 1988, the Lönnström Home Museum is the former home of Teresia and Rafael Lönnström. It exhibits exquisitely the life of an industrialist couple. At the gallery of the home museum, is located the Lönnström Art Museum, that exhibits the Lönnström couple’s own collections, as well as changing contemporary Finnish art works.
Rauma Water Tower
The Rauma water tower offers an amazing view over the town, as well as to the archipelago and the sea. Located in the tower is also restaurant-café Torni, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, or even dine with your friends while gazing at the amazing view!
Kiikartorni Lookout Tower
The original lookout tower served the boats in the harbour and at the sea, but was taken down in the 50s. However, a new tower was completed in 1992 by volunteers. The new tower is a duplicate of the old one, and stands 18.6 metres tall. Climb up to observe a piece of the most beautiful archipelago scenery!
Alfred Kordelin Chapel
Alfred Kordelin used to be a respected tradesman in Rauma and was given the honorary title of agricultural counsellor. The Kordelin chapel, completed in 1921, was built at the old cemetery and donated to the parish by his relatives. The grave of Alfred Kordelin and a memorial monument are located in the cellar of the chapel.
Pystökaffee, “standing coffee”, is a way to start the day like a local. A popular tradition is to buy a coffee and a doughnut from a coffee kiosk at the market place, and enjoy it standing while chatting with other people.
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