Hamina Bastioni

Turku & Finland's South Coast

The ruins of the 18th-century Hamina Bastion include 3km of crumbling stone walls that would have made a star-shaped fortress. The bastion comes alive for the annual Hamina Tattoo. At other times, it's an evocative and atmospheric spot, whispering of eras past. Pick up a free copy of Walking in Old Hamina from the tourist office.

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1. Hamina Church

0.13 MILES

Neoclassical Hamina Church, designed by CL Engel, was built in 1843.

2. Kaupunginmuseo

0.14 MILES

Learn about Hamina's history at the town museum, housed in Hamina’s oldest building. King Gustav III of Sweden and Catherine II (the Great) of Russia held…

3. Orthodox Church of Sts Peter & Paul

0.17 MILES

Topped by a classic onion dome, the 1837 Orthodox Church of Sts Peter & Paul is the work of architect Louis Visconti, who designed Napoleon’s mausoleum.

4. Merikeskus Vellamo

11.12 MILES

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…

5. St Nicholas Orthodox Church

11.32 MILES

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…

6. Maretarium

11.43 MILES

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…

7. Kotkan Kirkko

11.62 MILES

Kotkan kirkko's distinctive steeple is visible throughout town. Inside the neo-Gothic church there’s artful woodcarving, a resounding baroque-style organ…

8. Sapokka Vesipuisto

11.76 MILES

Sapokanlahti is a natural inlet in central Kotka that provides the setting for the tranquil, award-winning Sapokka Water Garden. The centrepiece is the…