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Uusikaupunki

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Uusikaupunki (Swedish: Nystad) is a city in Finland Proper in Western Finland.

Wooden houses along Nordenström street.
Mills and water tower in Uusikaupunki
Port of Uusikaupunki (2007). A ship loaded with Porches.

Understand[edit]

It is the main town of the Vakka-Suomi region, founded in 1617. In the 19th century it was an important ship building and shipping centre. The Empire style wooden old town was built according to a plan from 1856. Among the big employers nowadays are Finland's only car factory (which produces Mercedes-Benz A-Class cars) and a shipyard (building boats and small ships).

Get in[edit]

The nearest major city is Turku, which has hourly buses to Uusikaupunki (1 hr 10 min, €11.30). A few buses on weekdays also from Rauma (1 hr, €11.10).

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Wooden old town.
  • Isokari lighthouse island, see cruises below.
  • Katanpää fortress, built 1915–1917, see cruises below.
  • Bonk Museum, Siltakatu 2, +358 2 841-8404, . A museum chronicling the bizarre story of Bonk Business Inc, a multinational corporation that pioneered anchovy power generation, advanced disinformation systems and localized black holes. There's one small catch – the company doesn't actually exist – but this firmly tongue-in-cheek museum doesn't let that get in the way of a good story. Advance reservations essential. Adult €5, student €3.5, child €2.
  • Car museum, Autotehtaankatu 14, +358 204 848-068, . Aug-May daily 11:00–17:00, June–July: daily 10:00–18:00. Adult €10, student €8, child €5.

Do[edit]

  • [formerly dead link] Mary Ann (sailing ship cruises), +358 2 8451-5455, . Midsummer to mid-August: Th Su 10:30–18:00, F 13:00–21:00 Isokari, W Sa 10:30–18:00 Katanpää; in July also "pirate cruises" F 10:00–12:30. Guided cruises to destinations in the archipelago with a brigantine built 1996 as a replica of a ship active in mid-19th century. Adult €48, child 4-12 €24, pirate cruises €25/13 (lunch included).
  • [dead link] Diana ("water bus" cruises), +358 44-515-2502, . Midsummer to mid-August Tue–Sat 11–18, in autumn some bird watching cruises. Guided cruises to destinations in the archipelago (mainly Isokari or Katanpää). The standard cruises include dinner at the yachting club. Advance booking needed. 49/25€ (child fare for ages 4–12).
  • Wreck cruises (Hylkyretket), +358 50 420 5425, . Tu Th Sa. Cruise to wrecked ships in the neighbourhood, arranged by divers but without diving (technical means of viewing the wrecks used instead). Tailored cruises for groups of 8–12 persons. Advance booking needed. Adult €30<, child €25.
  • 1 Bothnian Sea National Park. The national park consists of a strip of some 100 km of outer archipelago off Uusikaupunki, Raumo and Pori. The bird sanctuary Preiviikinlahti Bay is reachable by road, but otherwise you need some kind of boat to reach the park. There are many businesses offering tours to the park, either by timetable or as charter services, also diving or seal watching tours. Among sights are the Isokari, Säppi and Kylmäpihlaja lighthouses and the coastal fort Katanpää. There are services such as jetties, cooking shelters and nature trails on some of the islands. There are several guest harbours in the inner archipelago. Stay away from islets with nesting birds. Free, except for transportation and guide service costs. Bothnian Sea National Park (Q4948647) on Wikidata Bothnian Sea National Park on Wikipedia

Festivals and concerts[edit]

  • Karjurock: 13–15 July 2017. Music festival (date needs updating)
  • Crusell week in July–August in honour of clarinettist and composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell. Many concerts.

Buy[edit]

  • Vakka-Suomen Panimo, Pohjoistullikatu 11. In Uusikaupunki the traditions of microbrewing are upheld by the award-winning Vakka-Suomen Panimo, whose products can also be purchased from their shop. Brewery's Prykmestar SavuKataja was chosen as beer of the year at 2009 Helsinki Beer Festival.

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