Wooden Labyrinth: Rauma, Finland

Having lived together in Turku for several years, it dawned upon Jacky and me that we had in fact never been to the town of Rauma together. Rauma, located about 90 km North of Turku, is best known for its Old Town, Vanha Rauma, its distinct local dialect and its high quality lace.

Vanha Rauma is made up of about 600 colourful wooden houses.

Vanha Rauma is made up of about 600 colourful wooden houses.

We arrived on a weekday morning and immediately proceeded to the Old Town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Frankly, Rauma being a town of only 40,000 people, we hadn’t expected much, but the charm of the brightly coloured wooden houses and cobble-stoned streets won us over.

About 700 people inhabit the Old Town today.

About 700 people inhabit the Old Town today.

If you come in by bus, we recommend that you follow the signs toward the free parking lot called “Vanha Rauma”. On the way you will pass the Church of the Holy Cross, built in the late 15th century and the principal church of the town today.

Church of the Holy Cross, located just outside Vanha Rauma.

Church of the Holy Cross, located just outside Vanha Rauma.

From here you can enter Vanha Rauma over a quaint little wooden bridge, which makes a rather good location for one or more snapshots 😉

Mihir at the entrance of Vanha Rauma.

Mihir at the entrance of Vanha Rauma.

Be enchanted, stepping into Vanha Rauma is like travelling back in time. You will find yourself lost in the narrow winding alleys, peeking around the next corner and hunting for the perfect shot of the colourful facades and beautifully decorated gates.

 KitukrÀnn, pictured above, is supposedly the narrowest street in Finland.

KitukrÀnn supposedly is the narrowest street in Finland.

If you’re feeling jaded, make sure to visit one of the numerous cafĂ©s found concentrated mostly on Kuninkaankatu. We happened to stumble upon Kontion Kahvila, which is thoughtfully decorated with teddy bears and has very reasonably priced coffee and cake. You can then continue on to explore the many craft boutiques and design shops found throughout the whole area. Make sure to take a look at the locally produced lace, or even better, come and visit during Lace Week, in the end of July. We are almost a little heart-broken we couldn’t make it this year.

Cafés and boutique shops lace the heart of Vanha Rauma.

CafĂ©s and boutique shops lace the heart of Vanha Rauma (pun intended 😉 ).

Locally produced lace is one of the most important commodities of the town.

Locally produced lace is one of the most important commodities of the town.

Our final verdict: Rauma is best enjoyed in 1-2 hours!

Now, what do you think? Is there anything we have missed? Do you have tips on what else to see or do in Rauma? What was your favourite sight? Share your thoughts and pictures with us. Let’s stay in touch!

2 Comments

  1. These buildings are so cute! I love the colourful little buildings you see in Finland, Norway, etc. One day I will get to Finland to see some for myself!

    • I believe you’re going to Norway soon? You’ll get a taste then 😉
      Thanks for your comment 🌞

      Jacky

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