Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Kotka

Maritime Centre Vellamo

In a tanker-sized, wave-like building with walls of metal and printed glass and a rooftop stage, this state-of-the-art dockside museum recounts Finland’s seafaring life. The star exhibit is the Tarmo, the world’s ol…
Top Choice Finnish in Kotka


Attached to Kotka’s concert hall, charcoal-hued Vausti offers Kotka's finest dining. The seasonal menu is mostly traditional Finnish: butter-fried perch, cider-braised pork cheek with crispy pork neck, reindeer and …
Seafood in Kotka

Wanha Fiskari

You might not expect much from the tacky Captain Haddock nautical decor but this seafood specialist by the Maretarium smokes its own salmon and pan fries a mean Baltic herring.
Pub in Kotka


A legendary old sailors’ boozer right down to the ships’ flags and saucy paintings, with live music and a great terrace. Ties are banned, and the rules state that if someone asks you to dance, you can’t turn them do…
Aquarium in Kotka


Kotka's modern Maretarium has over 20 giant fish tanks representing various bodies of water. The Baltic tank is the largest, with local sea life fed regularly by a diver (check the online calendar for weekly feeding…
Church in Kotka

Kotka Church

Kotka Church's distinctive steeple is visible throughout town. Inside the neo-Gothic church there’s artful woodcarving, a resounding baroque-style organ and a beautiful altarpiece painted by Pekka Halonen.
Church in Kotka

St Nicholas Orthodox Church

Towering above Isopuisto Park, St Nicholas Orthodox Church was completed in 1801 and is Kotka’s only building to survive the Crimean War. It's believed to be the work of architect Yakov Perrini, who designed the St …
Bar in Kotka


In an unlikely car-park location, Kotka's quirkiest bar is this 1950s vintage railway carriage attached to a steam locomotive, with great cocktails and beer on tap. Terrace tables overlook the metallic wave of the M…
Modern Finnish in Kotka


With the prettiest setting in Kotka, overlooking the boat-filled marina, this beautiful turret-topped wooden summer pavilion (a former yacht club) contrasts with its Modern Finnish menu (horse tenderloin with green …
Cafe in Kotka


Pies, pastries, salads and sandwiches are all excellent at this waterside cafe but the highlight is the dazzling array of cakes.