1 PYHTÄÄ KOTKA HAMINA VIROLAHTI MIEHIKKÄLÄ TOURIST GUIDE 2015
2 ARCHIPELAGO p. 14 THE HOME OF GOOD WINDS Experience nature p. 20 For groups p. 44 Sights and surroundings 6 The River Kymijoki p. 18 WORTH KNOWING GENERAL EMERGENCY NUMBER 112 FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY CARE Kymenlaakso Central Hospital Kotkantie 41, Kotka CONNECTIONS FROM HELSINKI TO SOUTHEAST135 REGION To Kotka By car along the E18 motorway (Helsinki-Kotka). Some 20 daily bus services between Helsinki and Kotka. Several daily bus services from Helsinki Airport to Kotka. To Hamina By bus from Kamppi bus station, several departures per day. The route goes through Porvoo, Loviisa and the Karhula region of Kotka. Parks 12 Sea and archipelago 14 The River Kymijoki 18 Nature 20 Activities 22 Swimming p. 25 Enjoy life p. 34 Events and culture 26 Restaurants and cafés 34 Accommodation 40 Publisher: Southeast135 tourism/2014 Production: Nitro ID Printing press: Punamusta Paper: Cover: Edixion Offset 250 g, inner pages: Solaris (New) g Images: Image banks of cities, municipalities and various actors: Jukka Koskinen, Juha Kärkkäinen, Timo Vesterinen, Mikko Nikkinen, Maria Huttunen and Hanna Rautiala, Anne Vilkki-Lanu, Kai Kilappa, Jari Varpenius Translation: Semantix Finland Oy This brochure has been printed on Solaris paper locally produced by Kotkamills. Activities p. 22 Groups 44 Shopping 46 The data was compiled in December Subject to changes For children 50
3 NAVIGATE THE SOUTHEAST! Download the free Southeast mobile guide from the Google Play Store, Windows Store or Apple App Store, using the searchword kaakko135 and select the route of your choice from the wide selection. Route information is also available on the internet. Go to the following address for more information on mobile routes and more precise downloading instructions: PYHTÄÄ Founded in: 1347 Population: 5,377 Surface area: 781 km² 15 min KOTKA Founded in: 1879 Population: 54,873 Surface area: 941 km² 25 min HAMINA Founded in: 1653 Population: 21,256 Surface area: 1,155 km² 25 min VIROLAHTI Founded in: 1336 Population: 3,487 Surface area: 440 km² 25 min MIEHIKKÄLÄ Founded in: 1887 Population: 2,177 Surface area: 559 km²
4 6 Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka Maritime Centre Vellamo is bursting with stories, experiences and events. The main exhibits in the Maritime Museum of Finland and Museum of Kymenlaakso tell fascinating stories of seafaring and of life in general in Kymenlaakso. A range of temporary exhibitions are also held. You can lose yourself in these stories by listening and looking, and through smell, touch and play. The Museum Shop Plootu and Restaurant Laakonki complete the scene with their various attractions, while in the summer there is an outdoor exhibition and the Museum Ice Breaker Tarmo can be boarded. Maretarium, Kotka Tornatorintie 99, Kotka 10/ Free entry for under-18s Free entry Wed 5 pm 8 pm 4 Museum Ice Breaker Tarmo Tue, Thu Sun 10 am 5 pm, (open 15 May 31 Aug) Wed 10 am 8 pm, Mon closed THE ICE BREAKER TARMO (1907) was a familiar sight in Kotka and on fairways leading there when the ship was still in active service. You can explore the Tarmo boat museum on a guided route running from the bridge to the engine room The history of this steam ship built in Great Britain includes hard steaming at sea, as well as dramatic incidents during the world wars. A pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled! Sights and surroundings Sapokankatu 2, Kotka /11/ for 2 adults + 1 child 7 for each child thereafter 1 Jan 31 Aug Mon Tue, Thu Sun 10 am 5 pm, Wed 12 noon 7 pm 1 Jun 23 Aug 10 am 7 pm (except 19 Jun 10 am 2 pm) 24 Aug 6 Dec Mon Tue, Thu Sun 10 am 5 pm, Wed 12am 7 pm 7 25 Dec closed for maintenance 26 Dec Mon Tue, Thu Sun 10 am 5 pm, Wed 12 noon 7 pm At Maretarium, Finnish fish species are displayed in a unique, life-like aquarium setting. Almost 60 species of fish and small aquatic animals can be viewed. In addition to familiarising yourself with pike, tench and gudgeon, you can also explore a nature photography exhibition, watch nature films, engage in activities in the nature school, enjoy lunch in the café and buy souvenirs from the Meripuoti Sea Shop. In the summer, a diver feeds the fish in the Baltic Sea tank daily at 3 pm. The aquarium provides learning experiences and entertainment for the whole family. TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS AT THE MARITIME CENTRE VELLAMO Ville of Suursaari Scenery from the Life of J.W. Mattila The Finnish Lighthouse Society s 10-year Anniversary Exhibition The Best of the 1st International Vellamo Photographic Competition Icebreakers on the Move! Eyes on Karhula - photographs from Karhula and beyond The Battle for the Baltic Sea Great Coastal Road TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS AT THE MARETARIUM Wonders, the Nature Photography of Pekka Vainio Nature Photographs of the Year Tubs and their Cleaners Seppo Leinonen, Cartoons Based on a Natural Theme The Nature Photography of Matti Pukki The Nature Photography of Lars Häkkinen Dseddona, Pike Photographs by Jan Björk
5 8 9 Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä Säästöpirtintie 70, Miehikkälä May Wed Sun 10 am 6 pm, June August Mon Sun 10 am 6 pm, September Wed Sun 10 am 6 pm, open for groups throughout the year by reservation 8 for adults 5 for children (7 16 years old), conscripts, students, senior citizens, the unemployed 16 family ticket (2 adults and children under 17 years of age) See also Salpa Line excursion options p. 21 The main exhibition includes an indoor exhibition with multimedia and an outdoor exhibition covering several hectares. You can explore the fortification equipment at the museum site along guided routes threading through rugged, rocky forest terrain. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the outdoor exhibition area during museum opening times. A café and museum shop offer their services in the museum's service facilities. A restaurant service is available for group reservations. The museum also offers a range of options for recreation days, excursions, meetings and celebrations. The Salpa Line was built after the Winter War, to defend Finland's eastern border, in and The 1,200 km long Salpa Line is one of Europe s strongest and best preserved defence lines of the Second World War. Bunker Museum, Virolahti Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge, Kotka Keisarinmajantie 118, Kotka Group reservations: Kymenmatkat Oy Open daily May and Sep 10 am 4 pm 6 for adults Open daily Jun, Jul and Aug 10 am 6 pm 5 per person (for groups of at least 10 people) Closed on 19 June and in winter 3 for children (6 14 years old) How, exactly, did the Emperor spend his holidays? On the shores of the River Kymijoki and at the Langinkoski rapids in Kotka, fishing peacefully and enjoying the wonderful natural landscape. Welcome to enjoying this royal atmosphere! The museum presents the holiday retreat of Emperor Alexander III and his family, and their lives at the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge in The Grand Duchy of Finland in the early 1890s. Vaalimaantie 1318, Virolahti 6 for adults for children (7 16 years old), conscripts, students, senior citizens, June August 10 am 6 pm, the unemployed and at other times upon request 12 family ticket (2 adults and 1 3 children) You can explore the exciting bunkers and other fortifications nestling in the lap of nature in the outdoor museum area. Indoors you can learn about the fascinating history of the Salpa Line's construction extending from Virolahti, and view temporary exhibitions on themes relating to the natural world. The renovated main exhibition on the Salpa Line will be opened in June! Hamina Town Museum, Hamina Kadettikoulunkatu 2 B, Hamina 2/1/0, combined three-museum ticket September May Wed Sat 12 noon 4 pm, Sun 12 noon 5 pm, June August Tue Sun 10 am 4 pm In the summer of 1783, Russian Empress Catherine the Great and Carl III, King of Sweden, held negotiations in 'Catherine's Palace' built around The museum moved into the building in It includes an exhibition on the history of Hamina and various temporary exhibitions. Shopkeeper's Museum, Hamina Kasarmikatu 6, Hamina /1/0, 5 combined three-museum ticket June August Tue Sun 10 am 4 pm otherwise during exhibition seasons, by group reservation Completed in 1841, the wooden building housing the Shopkeeper's Museum is of high value in terms of its cultural history. The museum presents Finnish-Russian retailing traditions from the early 1900s. Part of the outbuilding is open to the public. HAUKKAVUORI AVIATION MUSEUM THE PACKAGE LOOKOUT TOWER Lentokentäntie 234, Kotka MUSEUM Keskuskatu 51, Kotka The only aviation museum Harjuntie 111, Pyhtää Women belonging to the Lotta in Kymenlaakso was created Located in an old red wooden Svärd organisation watched the when members of the Karhula cottage next to the former skies during the Second World Flying Club had the idea of preserving Stockfors groundwood mill, War. The 72-metre tall tower old gliders. The special the Package Museum presents now offers visitors amazing mission of the museum is to an interesting collection of views over Kotka and the preserve the heritage of Fighter packaging and paper products eastern archipelago of the Gulf Squadron 34, which operated from the 1900s. Open by of Finland. from Kymi during the war. agreement. Don't forget! THE STRUKA LOCK Suluntie, Pyhtää Finland's only operational hand-operated lock, which provides direct access to the sea. The dam and lock were built in the early 1900s, at an old salmon fishing spot once used by monks, to serve traffic running to and from the Stockfors factory.
6 11 Church of St. Nicholas Church of Kymi Church of Kotka Isopuisto, Kotka Finland's second-largest Orthodox church. Suntionkatu 18, Kotka A neoclassical empire-style building from Kirkkokatu 26, Kotka. This neo-gothic church designed by Josef Stenbäck was finished in Hamina city centre St John's Church Raatihuoneentori 10, Hamina A neoclassical beauty from the 1800s. Orthodox Church of St Peter and St Paul Raatihuoneentori 2, Hamina An Orthodox church from the 1830s with magnificent icons. St Mary s Church Pikkuympyräkatu 36, Hamina A medieval stone church, the region's oldest building! A charming, historical circular layout invites you on an adventure! Hamina's city centre, based on a unique circular town plan, is one of the region's most fascinating sights. Visitors can enjoy a broader view of the City of Hamina and its history from the ramparts of the fortifications surrounding the city centre. The outward pointing corners of this star-shaped fortress's outer walls form six bastions named after the six Finnish citadels of the time: Helsinki, Hamina, Savonlinna, Lappeenranta, Hämeenlinna and Turku. The largest of Hamina's bastions is the central bastion built in Its 58 casemates (reinforced vaults) were originally designed as bomb-proof Above: Hamina's unusual circular town plan was created by Axel von Löwen in Built in 1789, the Town Hall is the centre point of the circle. See the Southeast on a mobile device: Architecture, Art and Culture storage areas. Don't forget! Church of Miehikkälä Muurikkalantie 6, Miehikkälä A revivalist style church from the end of the 1800s. Church of Saint Henry Church of Virolahti Harjuntie 11, Pyhtää An atmospheric grey-stone church from the 1460s. Kirkontie 500, Virolahti A wooden cruciform church from the 1700s. ALVAR AALTO'S SUNILA, KOTKA In the period , Alvar Aalto designed a fascinating architectonic whole, whose centre point is the Sunila pulp mill, which was built in STOCKFORS GROUNDWOOD MILL AREA, PYHTÄÄ The construction of this historical factory precinct began in An area of cultural historical value, Stockfors provides a setting for a variety of enterprises and events. SAVUKOSKI BRIDGE, AHVENKOSKI This bridge over the Ahvenkoski rapids, on a fork in the River Kymijoki, was the first of its kind in the world when it was built in This renovated bridge and its surroundings form the old frontier between Sweden and Russia.
7 13 Parks Sapokka Water Garden, Kotka The Sapokka Water Garden has won more awards than any other park in Finland. Water, stone, lighting and varied greenery formed the basis of its design, as did the idea of one park containing several smaller ones without disturbing the harmony of the overall impression. Due to its variety of microclimates, from strong heat to deep shade, it has a broad range of labelled plants, some of which are highly exotic. Sculpture Promenade, Kotka Come and feel the wind ruffle your hair! The Sculpture Promenade is a large outdoor gallery in which, during both festivals and ordinary days, the sculptures come to people rather than the other way around. It's 'backbone' is formed by the Linden Boulevard running parallel with Keskuskatu, whose renovation earned it a national environmental structure award in The Sculpture Park won the Pro Sculptura medal of the Association of Finnish Sculptors in The parks of Kotka brochure is available from Southeast135 tourist information. Jokipuisto Park, Kotka The park's key themes are the river, its extremely high-level environmentally friendly construction, its impressive name-labelled seating, its sculptures and the meandering, burbling stream which feeds the lily pond with river water and crowns the park. Water lilies of various colours bring splendour to the pond. The park also has picnic tables with barbecue facilities and a playground especially for small children. Katariina Seaside Park, Kotka Don't forget! The Seaside Park offers exceptionally open and wide vistas. The southern horizon stretches out into the distance, in which Gogland Island can be clearly seen on most days in the Gulf of Finland. In addition to great hiking routes, the park offers activities for everyone, including barbecue facilities, hammocks, miniature lighthouses, a playground, a skateboarding ramp and a meditation labyrinth. In 2012, the park was given the elca International Trend Award and the environmental Structure Award. Herb Garden Redoubt Kotka The Kesäpuisto Park, Hamina Veli Saarinen Park, Virolahti
8 14 15 Tammio Island, Hamina In its day, Tammio was the most southerly outer island village in Hamina. Its natural landscape is formed of glaciated and rocky shores and shoreline meadows. The island is still inhabited year-round. Housed in an old fishing hut is a local museum devoted to life in the archipelago (open in the summer). In summer, a scheduled boat service runs from Tervasaari in Hamina. Kaunissaari Island, Pyhtää With its shoreline storehouses and boatsheds, this lush island has a historic atmosphere. In the summer, the island bursts into flower. The island has a shop, café and restaurant, as well as a beautiful archipelago. Gallery Mari has an exhibition of summertime art. Boat services to Kaunissaari island run from Sapokka harbour in Kotka several times a day, from June to August. The island also has a well-equipped guest harbour. Eastern Ulko-Tammio Gulf of Island, Finland Hamina National Park Ulko-Tammio is a magnificent island belonging to the Eastern Gulf of Finland National Park and full of natural beauty. It will charm even the most demanding hiker. The island's rugged shoreline rock faces and lush vegetation are beyond compare. With its varied and large bird populations, the Ulko-Tammio area is also an ideal spot for birdwatchers. The museum guns and a cave which served as a troop shelter during the Second World War reflect the military history of the region. Boat services will take you to Ulko-Tammio from June to August, from Tervasaari in Hamina. Varissaari Island Fort Elisabeth, Kotka Directly off the coast of Kotka, this island is quarter of an hour from the mainland. It has a summer restaurant and small swimming beach with barbecue facilities. You can explore the island's history on a signposted trail. Varissaari can be reached from May to August, between 9 am and 8 pm from Sapokka in Kotka. Wish you were here, sharing this with me. LET'S GO TO THE ISLAND! Island transport timetables: Sea and archipelago Don't forget! Lehmäsaari Island, Kotka Kukouri Island, Kotka Haapasaari Island, Kotka
9 16 17 C-Adventure Oy Charter sailing trips, Kotka Vimpa Islands, Hamina Vimparaitti 29, Hamina , open daily, year-round by reservation. We offer high-quality fishing, congress, nature and experience excursions to the Eco Island Village on Rakinkotka and to Vimpasaari and the mainland. We prepare delicious archipelago meals from local food and fish that we have caught ourselves. Summer cottages for , customer service rent and Artika excursions are also available. Karhusaari, Kotka We have the largest chartered luxury catamaran in the Nordic countries. Our chartered sailing trips are organised fully in accordance with our customer's wishes. As a new service, in 2015 we will offer public ARKTIKA DAYS May Leerviikki, Virolahti sailing trips, which can be joined by anyone who wants to come along. Our home harbour is Sapokka in Kotka, in front of Cafe Kristina , open by reservation during the open water season With its full range of services, Karhusaari Island fulfils the most demanding requests! Gorgeous surroundings provide the setting for a memorable day, with log buildings providing hotel-standard accommodation and unique dining experiences. Arktika, the mass migration of birds, is one of the most spectacular sights provided by Finland's bird life. In May, millions of waterbirds and hundreds of thousands of geese migrate via the Gulf of Finland to their nesting places in the Arctic tundra. Virolahti is one of their main migration routes. See the Arktika Days programme for all event information, which will be posted on the website at the beginning of May: MERISET CRUISES IN THE EASTERN GULF OF FINLAND, KOTKA Ollinkarit, Kotka DOWNLOAD THE ARKTIKA ROUTE! Birds and sounds for the whole family on your mobile device: Luxury sea cruises with restaurant services, from Kotka and Hamina. Public, theme and chartered cruises on three vessels , ARKTIKA CRUISES FROM MAY TO JUNE KOTKA SAILING SAILING SCHOOL Sailing trips in the eastern Gulf of Finland. Kotka Charter Targa sea excursions Sea excursions just as you prefer. Raakunkuja 4, Kotka , , Ollinkarit is an island just offshore from Kotka. You can rent the whole of Ollinkarit. Training and entertainment days for working communities will help them to meet their future challenges. You can also arrange unforgettable family reunions and celebrations on the island. EASTERN GULF OF FINLAND NATIONAL PARK The park covers the outer archipelago of the most easterly municipalities. This is part of the network formed by the Baltic's key protected areas. Training and consulting on sailing and other types of boating , M/AUX VIVAN KOTKA SAILING SHIP Chartered sailing trips on a genuine sailing boat ,
10 18 19 Erämys Keisarinkosket, Kotka CENTRAL KYMI SPECIAL FISHING AREA The River Kymijoki offers excellent opportunities for lure fishing, on a stretch of around 40 kilometres. Kotka , Rafting, fishing and canoeing trips on the River Kymijoki. Meeting facilities, saunas and catering at the Kultaan ja Koivulan Koskitilat (Rapids Centre) in a secluded wilderness. SEIKKAILUVIIKARI, KYMIJOKI Exciting rafting trips and a range of other unforgettable services, from rapids swimming to canoeing. Canoes and kayaks can be rented , I would love to listen to the din of these rapids with you. LET'S GO CANOEING! Explore the region's canoeing options. Guides are available from the local tourist office and online: The River Kymijoki GONE FISHING! Buy your fishing licence and With its shoreline forests and meadows, the River Kymijoki offers stunningly unique and unforgettable natural beauty. You can admire the scenery from the river while quietly paddling in a canoe, or a greater speed while riding the rapids in a rubber raft. Finland's longest river route offers excellent fishing spots for anglers. The river's banks are also an ideal place for slowing down and enjoying the peace. enjoy a worry-free fishing experience.
11 21 Nature Santalahti nature trails, Kotka Two nature trails of around 2.5 kilometres in a forest and along rocky shorelines. Portimo trails, Hamina A 40-kilometre trail network, with leantos and an observation tower. Parks of Kotka The parkland routes of our seaside town invite you to come and enjoy! Rest your mind in these sceneries. The Salpa Trail, Virolahti and Miehikkälä A 50 kilometre trekking route, which winds through the wartime, historical Salpa Line. SALPA TREK June, Virolahti and Miehikkälä The Salpa Trek introduces hikers Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtää Vastilantie 886 The Valkmusa National Park is enchanting at any time of the year. Its southern shoreline's expansive bog areas provide a habitat for an abundance of birds and butterflies. The national park has a 2.5 km duckboard trail with an observation tower to a lasting monument to the fighting spirit of the Finnish people in the last war the Salpa Line in the company of some of the best guides in Finland. This is a trip that you will not forget in a hurry. There are three routes to choose from. Well worth the effort and enthusiasm! Explore the Salpa Line Museum and the Salpa Line itself p. 8 STAY ON THE TRAIL Get hold of a Salpa Trail brochure and Kotka-Hamina local cycling map from tourist information, or download them from the internet.
12 Uuperinrinteet 23 Rope park Do you remember how it felt to climb rocks and trees as a child and believe that you had reached the highest point in the world. At Norway Park Sirius you can revisit your childhood and, with a smile on your face, surprise yourself on our three-level course. Flowriding Fun, addictive, challenging but rewarding. Try out Finland's only indoor surfing pools, under the direction of top instructors. Possible side effects: happier person, sore hands from high-fiving and massive calorie burn. Join the surf mafia! At this point I'd say something about bravery, if I dared. SIRIUS SPORT RESORT, PYHTÄÄ Kotitie 10, Pyhtää Closed on Mondays Tue Fri 12 noon 8 pm Sat 9 am 9 pm Sun 12 noon 6 pm Opening times are subject to changes Unforgettable experiences for the whole family unique on a world scale! Book a time for being and doing together with friends, family or workmates. Live a little! Fall in love with us. Our activities are unforgettable experiences and are suitable for people of almost all ages and sizes who are in good basic health. See also our restaurant information from p. 35! Activities Motorcycle Museum A period picture of Italy. This unique collection of 1950s motorcycles is like poetry. Historical motorcycle designs of which only the Italians are capable. Wind tunnel Live out humankind's oldest dream of flying fast and safely under the guidance of an instructor.
13 SWIMMING POOLS Karhula indoor swimming pool Karhulantie 46, Kotka THE SOUTHEAST IS FULL OF ACTIVITIES! 25 KOTKA GOLF CENTER This is an 18 holer in varied terrain. Plenty of water hazards and challenging greens, and an attractive golf restaurant. Mussalo Golf Course, Niinilahdentie 2, Kotka, , Katariina indoor and outdoor swimming pool Puistotie 9-11, Kotka Linnoitus indoor swimming pool Puistokatu 1, Hamina Snowshoeing in Santalahti Let's play frisbee golf! UUPERINRINTEET, HAMINA Viirankankaantie 237, Hamina Uuperi doubles as a ski resort in winter and a downhill mountain biking park, the Uuperi Ghost Bike Park, in summer. The winter slopes have an altitude difference of 80 m, with six slopes and four lifts. An easy children's slope with a rope tow and southern Finland's steepest black slope are located here. The hillside cafe is open in winter and ski instruction is available in both English and Russian. WHY NOT WADE ASHORE ONTO THESE SOUTHEASTERN BEACHES? We take good care of our swimming beaches! On many, you will find changing cubicles, a WC, refuse bins, picnic places and playgrounds. In addition, plenty of wild shorelines can be found on the islands and the mainland. PYHTÄÄ: Huutjärvi KOTKA: Santalahti, Mansikkalahti, Äijänniemi HAMINA: Pitkäthiekat, Rampsinkari VIROLAHTI: Klamila, Kiiskijärvi MIEHIKKÄLÄ: Myllylampi en/activities PYHTÄÄ KARTING CLUB, PYHTÄÄ Karting, river cruises and off-road cars. Harjuntie 111, Pyhtää, , AHOLAFARM, HAMINA Experiences for work and leisure time, weekdays and celebrations! On offer is a passenger ride in a rally car and services ranging from off-roading to nature excursions or forest weddings. Kirkkovuorentie 291, Hamina, , HEVOSHOVI, HAMINA Approved by the Finnish Equestrian Federation, these active private stables and riding school provide a framework for riding of all kinds. Myllykylän kartano 30, Hamina, , SANTALAHTI HOLIDAY RESORT, EQUIPMENT RENTAL Santalahdentie 150, Kotka Bicycle, ski and snowshoe rental. SANTALAHTI HOLIDAY RESORT, MINIGOLF PARK Santalahdentie 150, Kotka Finland's highest rated course will put a smile on your face! Let's go on an adventure! Santalahti
14 THE KOTKA MARITIME FESTIVAL Finland's biggest maritime festival invites you to join the celebration! The highlight of the summer consists of a range of cultural and musical offerings, joy and summer sunshine, a funfair and a festival parade. It's also about children's joy, maritime spirit and an international atmosphere. This year the Maritime Festival will be held close to the green setting of Sapokka and the Arto Tolsa Arena. Welcome! NIGHT OF LIGHTS Hamina This city festival will fill the streets with joy and a cultural celebration Keep a tight hold we're going on an adventure! Events and culture ARCHIPELAGO MARKET Pyhtää The traditional Archipelago Market is being held for the 23rd time in the maritime scenery of the Lököre harbour in Siltakylä. Fish lovers will find plenty to taste and take away from the market. The market also offers other local products, as well as displays of fish preparation and handicrafts SOUTHEAST CHAMBER MUSIC Virolahti Southeast Chamber Music is a newcomer to Finland's summer classical music events. The artistic director of the Southeast Chamber Music is the principal conductor of the Finnish National Opera: Jukka Merjanen LITTLE MARKETS OF LITTLE VILLAGES Suurmiehikkälä Come and fall in love with the tranquil rural atmosphere! Rural enterprise and services are on show at the event. As are the friendly countryside inhabitants and farming machines. Delicious local produce is on sale.
15 29 Events 2015 January WESLEY&SISARSK CONCERT Church of Kotka AT 7 PM OPENING CONCERT FOR THE SPRING SEASON OF THE KYMI SINFONIETTA Kotka Concert Hall, AT 3 PM HARMONIC CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall HEIKKI'S MARKET, Hamina WINTER CONCERT AT THE MANÈGE HALL Hamina AT 7 PM BAROQUE CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, February 4.2. AT 7 PM FROM THE CONCERTO TO THE CHANSON Kotka Concert Hall, AT 7 PM SYMPHONY CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, CHILDREN'S CULTURE WEEKS, Kotka, Pyhtää, Hamina LET SIBELIUS BE PLAYED! CONCERT, Hamina SHROVETIDE DANCE, Hamina OLDEN TIMES FAMILY DAY Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä SHROVETIDE CELEBRATION FOR WHOLE FAMILY, Hamina CONCERT IN ST MARY'S CHURCH, Hamina SOUTHEAST135 SHROVETIDE CELEBRATION, Meriniemi, Kotka AT 7 PM SYMPHONY CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, AM 3 PM RECORD FAIR Laulumiestentalo, Korkeavuorenkatu 11, Kotka March 1.3. AT 3 PM FRIEND'S CONCERT, Kairo restaurant, Kotka 8.3. AT 4 PM GOOD WINDS JOURNEYS IN WORDS AND MUSIC, Kotka Concert Hall 9.3. AT 7 PM SYMPHONY CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, AT 3 PM. THE HARMONY SISTERS REMEMBERED, Kotka Concert Hall OUR DAY, Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä AT 9 AM 3 PM MARKET, Karhula Market Place, Kotka AT 7 PM SYMPHONY CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, April NOON 1 PM GUIDED TOUR ON MARKET DAY OF KOTKANSAARI ISLAND, Kotka 2.4. AT 7 PM ST MATTHEW PASSION, Church of Kotka 6.4. EASTER EVENT, SALPA LINE MUSEUM, Miehikkälä SOLDIERS' MEMORIES, SALPA LINE MUSEUM, Miehikkälä AT 6 PM CONCERT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Kotka Concert Hall, AM 3 PM, MARKET, Karhula Market Place, Kotka FASHION NIGHT BY DAY Kotka Marketplace and Pasaati Shopping Centre CONCERT OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, Cultural Centre, Kyminsuu, Kotka SPRING MARKET, Hamina MONDAYS 7 PM, EAST COAST JAZZ CLUB Meri Cafe Kristina, Sapokankatu 2, Kotka May 1.5. MAY DAY RECEPTION AND SPRING CONCERT, Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä MOTHERS' DAY LUNCH Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä DREAMWALL Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka ARKTIKA DAYS, Virolahti HELA 2015 BOATING SUPPLIES MARKET Kotka KOTKA DAY IN KARHULA, Kotka KOTKA DAY MARKET, Karhula Market Place, Kotka HAMINA BASTION GUN SHOW, Hamina KOTKA FISH MARKET Sapokka TRAIL HIKE TO THE KYMIJOKI LINE - History of wartime fortifications in the Kotka area. (org. Salpa Line Museum) PM SYMPHONY CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, HAMINA INTERNATIONAL DOG SHOW, Hamina Bastion KARHULA SPRING FESTIVAL, Karhula Market SUMMER SEASON OPENING FAIR Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä AT 7 PM YOUNG SOLOISTS' CONCERT Kotka Concert Hall, TROTTING PRACTICE, PELLINKANGAS TROTTING TRACK, Miehikkälä June KYMIJOEN LOHISOITTO MUSIC FESTIVAL Kotka and Pyhtää, PM 1 PM GUIDED TOUR ON MARKET DAY KOTKANSAARI ISLAND, Kotka 6.6. CHILDREN'S SATURDAY Salpa Line Museum Miehikkälä 6.6. KEIHÄSSALMI SUMMER MARKET, Pyhtää 6.6. THE DARK AGES TAKE OVER KIRKONKYLÄ, Pyhtää 6.6. AHOLAFARM RURAL MARKET, Hamina STOCKFORS ART FAIR 2015 Stockfors, Pyhtää KOTKA ROSE KOTKA INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED DOGSHOW, Katariina Seaside Park, Kotka MIEHIKKÄLÄ CHURCH MUSIC WEEK SALPA TREK, Miehikkälä LITTLE MARKETS OF LITTLE VILLAGES, Miehikkälä NATIONAL DEFENCE CELEBRATION OPEN TO ALL, Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä FROM 9 AM 3 PM MARKET, Karhula Market Place, Kotka WEDNESDAYS AT 7 PM, CONCERT IN THE PARK, Sapokka Water Garden, Kotka THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW guided walking tour, Hamina AT 7 PM MAY DAY CONCERT, Kotka Concert Hall, Wishing you a bright spring! Medieval atmosphere. International Dog Exhibition
16 Beer and local food Kaunissaari Day Child's Maritime Festival Ready,steady, GO! Genuine local flavours. Pumpkin parade let's march! July August September November INTERNATIONAL GRAND MARKET Sapokka, Kotka, KAUNISSAARI DAY, Kaunissaari Island, Pyhtää 4.7. LOCAL REGIONAL CELEBRATION ON THE KREIVINKALLIO STAGE, Miehikkälä DJANGO FESTIVAL, Kotka 9.7 FROM 11 AM RUOTSINSALMI CRUISE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF RUOTSINSALMI,on the m/aux Vivan,leaves from Kotka City Port, in front of the Maritime Centre Vellamo MALT MARKET, Stockfors, Pyhtää VASTILA REGATTA, Pyhtää 'HEITON HEINÄPÄIVÄ' HAYMAKING EVENT Suur-Miehikkälä Village Museum, Miehikkälä SOUTHEAST CHAMBER MUSIC Virolahti, DAY FOR WHOLE FAMILY Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä PYHTÄÄ WEEK XXIII PYHTÄÄ ARCHIPELAGO MARKET, Lököre Siltakylä 8.8. KYMIJOKI DAY, Pyhtää and Kotka TRADITIONAL HARVEST MARKET, Hamina REISKA'S MARATHON, Pyhtää ANCIENT FIRES OF KAUNISAARI, Kaunissaari Island ANCIENT FIRES IN KATARIINA SEASIDE PARK, Kotka KARELIAN MARKET PELLINKANGAS TROTTING TRACK, Miehikkälä 5.9. LIGHT UP OUR EVENING, Miehikkälä AM 3 PM, MARKET, Karhula Market Place, Kotka SM-MARATHON, Pyhtää AM 3 PM HERRING MARKET Klamila Port, Virolahti October AUTUMN MARKET, Hamina KOTKA FISH MARKET, Sapokka HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION, Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä KYMI GRAND MARKET, Ruonala Sports Hall, Kotka TH ANNIVERSARY OF KOTKA CITY LIBRARY celebratory week full of events KOTKA CHRISTMAS WEEKS ORGAN MUSIC WEEK, Church of Kotka CHRISTMAS OPENING EVENT AT KOTKA CITY CENTRE, Kotka City Centre AM 3 PM, MARKET, Karhula Market Place, Kotka December INDEPENDENCE DAY GALA EVENING Salpa Line Museum, Miehikkälä CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD ARCHES, Hamina Bastion ST THOMAS MARKET, Hamina THE KOTKA MARITIME FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S MARITIME FESTIVAL Kotka, SOUTHEAST CHAMBER MUSIC CITY OF HAMINA NEW YEAR FIREWORKS, Hamina Bastion AT 6 PM NAMING OF TAR MASTER TERVASILTA BRIDGE, Sapokka, Kotka AT 7 PM PARK CONCERT Sapokka Water Garden, Kotka Subject to changes The Tall Ships Races Kotka The lure of the archipelago The bustle of the marketplace in the circular city Ancient fires in August Happy New Year! Halmstad, Kotka, Turku, Klaipeda and Szczecin Harbours
17 32 EXHIBITIONS IN 2015 Kotka City Theatre Keskuskatu 15, Kotka Bookings and enquiries during the performance season tel Tue Fri 11 am 5 pm and 2 h before performances, tel Mon Fri 9 am 4 pm and Lippupiste The Kotka City Theatre presents a variety of musical theatre and quality drama. As well as in the theatre itself, productions are presented at the Kairo harbour restaurant. The programme includes all the charm, laughter, excitement, romance and powerful emotions of musicals. See the theatre's revamped website for programme details: Kymi Sinfonietta Keskuskatu 33, Kotka A top international orchestra in Kymenlaakso! This orchestra gives concerts performed with fiery passion, from beloved classics to swinging melodies, conveying the joy and energy of live music! Concerts are performed on Wednesdays in Kotka and Thursdays in Kouvola. See the fantastic concert programme at Hamina Bastion Raatihuoneenkatu 12, Hamina The arena built in the Hamina fortress provides an amazing, unique setting for various events. The largest, regular events held here include the Hamina Tattoo featuring international military bands, Night of Lights and Christmas at the Old Arches. The arena was built in 1998, by erecting Europe s largest summer canopy, with stages and spectator areas, within the Central Bastion of Hamina s fortress, which was mainly built in the 1700s Hamina Tattoo Ticket sales begin in December 2015! GALLERIES STOCKFORS EXHIBITION HALL Harjuntie 111, Pyhtää GALLERY MARI Kaunissaari Island, Pyhtää KOTKA PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTRE Edelfeltinkatu 2, Kotka GALLERY UUSIKUVA Satamakatu 9, Kotka GALLERY SAVARTE ART Kirkkokatu 13, Kotka GALLERY NIKOLAI Keskuskatu 9, Kotka GALLERY RUUTIKELLARI, Roopertinkatu 11, Hamina LIBRARIES Kotka Main Library, Kirkkokatu 24, Kotka Karhula Library, Sammonaukio 6, Karhula, Kotka Hamina Main Library, Rautatienkatu 8, Hamina Miehikkälä Library, Keskustie 11, Miehikkälä Pyhtää Library, Huutjärventie 30, Pyhtää Don't forget! Galleria Merilä/Russian Art Center Varied art sales exhibition on the lower floor of Aallon Maja. Valliniemenkatu 2, Kotka, , THEATRES HAMINA THEATRE Isoympyräkatu 30, Hamina KYMINLINNA SUMMER THEATRE Sutelantie 84, Kotka KARHULA WORKERS' THEATRE Eteläinen Karjalantie 3, Kotka Virolahti Municipal Library, Rantatie 9, Virolahti Galleria Uusikuva Jouko Lempinen A Feast for the Eyes, college exhibition Paananen and Ulvila Minna Henriksson Markku Hirvelä Wilma Touru, Riitta Virtanen Mömmö, Kallavuo, Lankinen, Lehtinen, Kirjavainen Tuulia Iso-Tryykäri Alastalo and Eskelinen Björninen and Tuomisto Liimatta and Heinonen Artists' Association of Kotka Photographic Centre 1.2. Suursaari Kotka Photographic Centre's centenary exhibition. Kotka Main Library Kymi's cameras Drawings by the Saturday Croquis Group of Gallery Antares Kotkan opisto (Kotka College) Propaganda Leena Laiho Ögard and Asikainen Timo Vesterinen Artists' Kalevala Jerome Auzeray Marja-Riitta Jäppinen Artists' Association of Kotka Mikko Ranki Marita Piela and Niina Ollanketo Hamina library gallery exhibitions Feather light, dark as sleep Marianne Ollinen & Ella Koskimies Jotter, Piipa Toivonen Mindscape, Hamina Clubhouse A Feast for the Eyes, joint exhibition by Kymenlaakso art schools and handicrafts schools Lights of Sunila, Jerome Auzeray Hamina Art Association spring exhibition From Love to Life, exhibitors Boris Bezdeneznyh, Vladimir Grebenkov and Igor Shishkin year Journey, Ari Saarinen Northern Norway by Motorbike, Photography Exhibition by Lars Häkkinen Faces, exhibitors Pirjo Mielonen and Eila Saapunki Hamina Art Association autumn exhibition Goethe in Me, Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja By Land and Sea, Pekka Lyytikäinen, Of Stone, with Brush and Pen, Anna-Liisa Terimö Scenes and people from Vilna, the photography of Juozas Budraitis, exhibitors Juozas Budraitis and the Donelaitis Association Society of Finnish Friends of Lithuania Helsinki guest exhibition
18 35 Restaurant Vausti Kafe Finlandia, Pyhtää Sirius Skyfall, Pyhtää Want to join me on flavourful adventure? Restaurants and cafés South and North stopovers on route E18 near Pyhtää info: , South , North , Kafe Finlandia the ideal place to stop! Two new 160-seater restaurants at both the South and North stopovers near Pyhtää, on both sides of the new route E18. We serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, bread, pastries, baked delicacies, doughnuts, Finnish sweet bread... and other savoury and sweet treats here, we make genuine food! For bus drivers, lorry drivers, groups, motorists, tourists, drivers of all kinds, passengers, people just dropping by, regular customers, food lovers and folk who are just plain hungry! Food and coffee is also available by order. On the premises or taken out. Fast and easy welcome! Kotitie 10, Pyhtää Mon closed, Tue Fri 11 am 8 pm, Sat 9 am 9 pm, Sun 11 am 6 pm Opening times are subject to changes Straight to the heart, via the stomach! Come and enjoy after an active day, between experiences or when driving by Ravintola Skyfall Is There For You. Fine dining, steaks, salad, burgers or delicious cake and coffee? Your wish has been granted. You'll laugh all the louder when you feed both body and soul. Our café-restaurant has a licence to sell alcohol. Keisarinsatama, Kotka Wanha Fiskari, Kotka Metsontie 41, Kotka or by boat, , Mon Thu 11 am 4 pm, Fri 11 am 6 pm, Sat 12 pm 6 pm, from 1.5. Mon Fri 11 am 10 pm, Sat 12 pm 10 pm, Sun 12 pm 8 pm Family restaurant established in an old brewery. Enjoy a meal on the warm terrace, shaded by lime trees. You can also enjoy gorgeous sunsets while sipping a glass of the Ukko beer brewed on the premises. Juha Vainion katu 2, Kotka, Mon Fri 11 am 10 pm, Sat 2 pm 8 pm, (from pm 10 pm) Take time to enjoy and savour the wonderful flavours of real food. We source the raw ingredients for our culinary experiences from local fishermen, organic producers and responsible producers. Our professional staff in the kitchen and front of house guarantee an excellent dining experience.
19 36 37 Restaurant Meriniemi, Kotka Bar & Café Paussi, Kotka Mereta Oy is a service company from Kotka whose local entrepreneurs spare no effort in making sure that every customer is well fed. Our boys and girls give a 100% promise of individual and delicious experiences, both during the working week and Meriniementie, Kotka, , A maritime atmosphere next to the Sapokanlahti harbour! Located in an old manor house characterised by old-time elegance, during the summer the Meriniemi restaurant offers an á la carte menu of archipelago delicacies and specialties from its own kitchen. Carefully selected wines and mouth-watering desserts will round off your meal. Take a break on our terrace. Congress and celebration Kotka Marketplace, Kotka, Open every day, check service hours, Come and enjoy good company, refreshments, our own pastries, baking and light lunch alternatives. I n the summer, we have a fantastic 170-seater terrace. You can rely on Paussi by Kotka's covered market. on special occasions. Mereta has several restaurants in Kotka and on Kaunissaari, Pyhtää. Peruse our menus, try our food and fall in love with it! services by order throughout the year. Restaurant Car Päätepysäkki, Kotka Langinkoski Café, Kotka Tornatorintie, Kantasatama, Kotka, Keisarinmajantie 118, Kotka Open May to September, check opening times / The City Port is home to the sturdy steam engine Kana, which has been hooked up to 1950s postal carriages. A new summer café opened in historical surroundings A cosy 35-seater restaurant reviving the atmosphere in We offer home baking, salads and Alexanders' of the good old days has been built into the carriages. perch soup. A delicious brunch is served on Saturdays Outside, you will find a 150-seater terrace and bar. and Sundays! Players Sports Bar, Kotka Rosso and Public Corner, Kotka Keskuskatu 11, Kotka, Kauppakatu 5, Kotka, Rosso: , Public Corner: RESTAURANT VAUSTI Kotka Concert Hall, Keskuskatu 33, Kotka Mon Thu 11 am 10 pm, Fri 11 am 11 pm, Sat 3 pm 11 pm RESTAURANT LAAKONKI Maritime Centre Vellamo, Tornatorintie 99, Kotka Mon 11 am 3 pm, Tue, Thu Sun 10 am 5 pm, Wed 10 am 8 pm KAUNISSAAREN MAJA A summer restaurant in the midst of the gorgeous Gulf of Finland. Kaunissaari Island, Pyhtää Sauna evening, meeting, bowling competitions, competition studio, games room, delicious food and beverages... Why not organise an occupational wellbeing day or an active office Christmas party? Difficult? Why no! Enter the Players Sports Bar on Keskuskatu street, Kotka, and we'll make your idea come true! Players a sure strike! Come Out And Play! corner Kotka's Rosso restaurant is located by the market square in the Pasaati Shopping Centre. In addition to its à la carte menu, the restaurant offers a choice of lunches from 11 am to 2 pm. Public Corner is a cosy and relaxed pub. It is a combination of a down to earth British pub, a lively bar and a relaxed drawing room sofa. Welcome to temptation! We offer trendy world flavours within delicacies befitting a port town, from both our lunch and à la carte menu. Local and Finnish raw ingredients are a priority for us. Selected with love, prepared with affection and enjoyed with all the heart! Click here to read the verdicts of our guests: eat.fi/kotka/vausti Restaurant Laakonki handles all food and beverage services on behalf of Maritime Centre Vellamo. A cup of coffee with Finnish sweetbread between enjoying a stroll, a sip of wine as a break from sightseeing, services for a large seminar or an office party all under the same roof close to the sea in the ruggedly attractive City Port. Restaurant Kaunissaaren Maja is located in a genuine fishing village, right beside the sea. Its varied menu is full of rich flavours and genuine experiences. You can just pop right in, or book our pavilion for yourself and your friends. Our shoreline sauna s can be hired for unforgettable sauna evenings.
20 RISTORANTE LA MAJACCA, KOTKA Welcome to the world of Italian cuisine! Fish and seafood specialities. Keskuskatu 51, Kotka, RESTAURANT CANTTIINI, KOTKA Restaurant Canttiini is an attractive restaurant in the centre of Kotka. A selection of lunch and à la carte dishes are served on weekdays. Kaivokatu 15, Kotka, , , KORKEAKOSKEN KALASTUSKIEVARI, KOTKA An atmospheric café-restaurant on the banks of the River Kymijoki. The restaurant has a beautiful view over the river and fishing pier. Lunch is served every day! Kymijoentie 55, Kotka, RAVINTOLA LA MUSTANG, KOTKA A genuine Nepalese restaurant with a warm and relaxed atmosphere brings a touch of exotic Nepal and India to the heart of Kotka. Keskuskatu 29, Kotka, PATISSERIE IN CAFE SITRUUNAMELISSA, KOTKA A fresh, lively café attached to a modern bakery, which serves fresh savoury and sweet delicacies from its own patisserie every day. Karhulantie 34, Kotka, , , VILLA RESTAURANT BANQUET SERVICE YRTTITUULI, KOTKA Sweet and savoury treats baked in the island's own kitchen. Kärkisaarentie 60, Kotka, , CAPTAINS KARAOKE NIGHT CLUB, KOTKA Kapteeninkatu 9, Kotka Tue 8 pm 3 am, Wed Sat 8 pm 4 am Karaoke: from opening to closing time Black Jack: Wed Sat 11 pm 3.30 am Cafe Laituri, Kotka Meriniementie 1, Kotka Follow us on Facebook! A café serving customers around the year from its seaside location in Sapokka, Kotka. Enjoy delicious savoury and sweet delights made on the premises in a relaxed, seaside terrace atmosphere amongst beautiful coastal scenery. Live music and theme nights in summer, sauna and ice swimming in winter. Licence to sell alcohol. You are welcome to bring your dog! Cafe Tulikukko, Kotka When you need a break, navigate your way to the Cafe Tulikukko in the heart of Sapokka! Unwind by the sea. Admire the boats gleaming in the sun and enjoy a steaming special coffee. Raise a sparkling glass in the company of friends on our magnificent seaside terrace. Kotka's widest range of teas and coffees, pastries that melt in the mouth and our famous salmon soup will tempt you to stop by. We offer tailored excursion experiences and delicious catering packages for companies and groups.opening hours and events Santalahti, Santa Cafe, Kotka Special coffees and selected delicacies at the resort. We also welcome pets! Santalahdentie 150, Kotka Kamu!, Hamina Sibeliuskatu 32, Hamina , For you and your friends, Kamu! will prepare morning porridge, cook a relaxing lunch during work days, and put together entertaining evenings for larger groups of friends. From its à la carte list, Kamu! recommends seasonal local food and organic products. We also serve a mouthwatering selection of coffees and teas! Rosso and Hesburger, Hamina Isoympyräkatu 15, Hamina Rosso: , Hesburger: Finns have been enjoying Rosso's pizzas, pasta and steaks since 1978! We also have a children's menu and play area. Hesburger is known for providing flavours enjoyed by all. Hamina's Rosso and Hesburger are located in the S shopping centre next to the market square. SALPA LINE MUSEUM CAFÉ, MIEHIKKÄLÄ Säästöpirtintie 70, Miehikkälä, Take a break in our café during your museum tour. Our unique environment and freshly baked delicacies invite visitors to spend a relaxing moment with a refreshing cup of coffee. Restaurant services for groups can be booked year-round. LOUNASHUONE KUSTAA, HAMINA Lunches weekdays 10 am 2 pm and at other times by reservation. Suitable facilities for family celebrations and meetings. Sibeliuskatu 28, Hamina , HOLVISTORAVINTOLA BASTION, HAMINA This is the time for enjoying the atmosphere and magic of celebration in the idyllic Holvistoravintola Bastion. Also available by reservation. Banquets can also be ordered. Raatihuoneenkatu 12, Hamina, , KONDITORIA-KAHVILA HUOVILA, HAMINA Traditional patisserie delicacies since Fredrikinkatu 1, Hamina, RAATI CAFE KANELI, HAMINA A café-restaurant with a licence to serve alcohol. Banquet service and table reservations. Also home delivery. Raatihuoneenkatu 1, Hamina, , LOUNAS-KAHVILA TERVASAARI, HAMINA Open all day, in Hamina harbour! Home food on weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Tervasaari, Hamina, TILAUSRAVINTOLA OLKIHATTU, VIROLAHTI An atmospheric restaurant in a converted old stone barn at the heart of Kaakon Golf. Meetings, celebrations and programmes. Open on request. Säkäjärventie 204, Virolahti, STUDENT CANTEEN AURA, VIROLAHTI Aura serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays in manor-house surroundings. We also provide meeting and celebration services. Viipurintie 541, Ravijoki, , CAFE BUNKKERI & BANQUET SERVICE KARDEMUMMA, VIROLAHTI Delicious pastries and great tasting food, all made with love on the premises from the best ingredients. Vaalimaantie 1318, Ala-Pihlaja, , bunkkeri