Kotka, a small Finnish town by the Baltic Sea, offers lovely marine atmosphere and a wide range of cultural experiences such as festivals; concerts; and art exhibitions, including the Kotkan Veistospromenadi, an open-air statue promenade in the city center. If visiting Kotka in late July, make sure to check out the annual Kotkan meripäivät festival, which celebrates the region's maritime culture.
Kotka is famous for Maretarium, an educational but entertaining aquarium hosting around sixty Finnish fish species. The highlight of the aquarium is the deep (seven-meter) Baltic Sea Tank with daily feeding shows. Another must-see is the Maritime Centre Vellamo. Vellamo is a large complex consisting of a a Maritime Museum, temporary exhibitions, and the information centre. The permanent exhibition of the museum is featuring the restored ice-breaker Tarmo.
Kotka can be easily reached by either bus or train from all the Finnish major cities, though a change in Kouvola is often required. There is an international bus connection to Saint Petersburg, Russia, as well. The your options for hostels in Kotka are limited; there are also a few hotels and some rental villas. It is essential to book a bed or room in advance, as festival guests are likely fill the accommodation capacity up on summer weekends.
Considering its small size of only fifty-five thousand inhabitants, Kotka is a great shopping destination with a shopping center Pasaati desired by wealthy Russian tourists. Cruises to the islands of Kaunissaari, Tammio, Ulkotammio, and Haapasaari offer a refreshing getaway for a day trip, as does the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge and Nature Reserve.
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