Vanha Porvoo

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One of Finland's most enticing old quarters, this tangle of cobbled alleys and wooden warehouses is entrancing. Once a vibrant port and market, Porvoo now has craft boutiques, galleries, souvenir stores and antique shops jostling for attention on the main roads, Välikatu and Kirkkokatu. The rows of rust-red storehouses along the Porvoonjoki are a local icon: cross the old bridge for the best photos. The relatively less-touristed area is east of the cathedral; Itäinen Pitkäkatu is one of the nicest streets.

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1. Tuomiokirkko

0.23 MILES

Porvoo’s historic stone-and-timber cathedral sits atop a hill overlooking the quaint Old Town. This is where Tsar Alexander I convened the first Diet of…

2. Porvoon Museo

0.27 MILES

Porvoo’s town museum occupies two buildings on the beautiful cobbled square at the heart of the Old Town. The town-hall building (Vanha Raatihuoneentori)…

3. Porvoon Nukke- ja Lelumuseo


Houses over a thousand dolls, tin toys and other childhood curiosities, making it Finland’s largest toy museum.

4. Walter Runeberg Sculpture Collection

0.49 MILES

This gallery has 150 sculptures by Walter Runeberg, the eldest son of national poet JL Runeberg. Walter Runeberg produced the town’s sculpture of his…

5. Runebergin Koti


National poet JL Runeberg’s former home has become a museum, with a period interior including stuffed foxes and muskets that demonstrate the poet’s love…

6. Taidetehdas

0.66 MILES

This former tractor factory is now an exhibition space, with rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. The centrepiece is the permanent display of the…

7. Loviisan kirkko

19.55 MILES

Dominating the market square is the red-brick neo-Gothic Loviisa Church, built in 1865.

8. Loviisa Town Museum

19.69 MILES

About 200m north of the town square, Loviisa Town Museum is set in an old manor house with three floors of interesting historical exhibits, particularly…