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Top Choice Museum in Kotka

Merikeskus Vellamo

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


Kotka's finest dining is at charcoal-hued Vausti, attached to Kotka’s concert hall. The seasonal menu highlights local produce: sample the catch of the day, caught by the staff fisherman; pork rib from nearby Kaarti…
Museum in Kotka

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge

Situated 5km north of Kotka amid the salmon-rich Kymijoki's rapids, this rustic wooden lodge was built in 1889 for Tsar Alexander III. Most of the furniture is original and rooms look much as they did when he was a …
Islands in Kotka

Kotkan Saaret

The smattering of islands off the coast of Kotka are former military outposts, some of which are now open to the public. Several boat trips depart from Sapokanlahti. From June to August, the MS Klippan (adult/child …
Aquarium in Kotka


Kotka's modern Maretarium has more than 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 fe…
Finnish in Kotka


The cafe inside the Merikeskus Vellamo is excellent – worth a lunch stop even if you're not visiting the museum itself. The lunch buffet (available 11am to 3pm) always includes two main courses, with plenty of accom…
Park in Kotka

Sapokka Vesipuisto

Sapokanlahti is a natural inlet in central Kotka that provides the setting for the tranquil, award-winning Sapokka Water Garden. The centrepiece is the human-made waterfall, created with piped-in sea water that casc…
Seafood in Kotka

Wanha Fiskari

There are no surprises at this classic seafood joint – and we mean that in the best possible way. The decor is perhaps staid, but the food is reliably fresh and delicious, including house-smoked fish, pan-fried herr…
Bar in Kotka


Kotka's quirkiest bar is this 1950s railway carriage attached to a steam locomotive, with great cocktails and beer on tap. Terrace tables overlook the metallic wave of the Merikeskus Vellamo.
Church in Kotka

St Nicholas Orthodox Church

Towering above Isopuisto Park, the 1801 St Nicholas Orthodox Church 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 Petersburg Admira…