City of the Sea and Parks

Kotka is more than an hour’s drive from Helsinki. In the city you can explore the award-winning parks, explore the fish at the Maretarium and catch your breath at the Vellamo Maritime Center.

Marine the wooden parts of the wreck lifted from the bottom seem to be floating. The wave patterns on the walls and the underwater soundscape create such a real impression that I almost start to hold my breath.

Merikeskus Vellamo’s destiny Ruotsinsalmi exhibition is an experiential journey into history. In 1790, the largest naval battle in the Baltic Sea was fought off Kotka. After that, the Swedish Strait Fortress was built, which was a large concentration with 10,000 inhabitants: three times larger than Helsinki at the time.

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