Europe, Finland

Day Trip to Old Rauma, Finland

Rauma, located about 90 km North of Turku, is best known for its Old Town, known as Vanha Rauma or Old Rauma, its distinct local dialect and its high-quality lace. Dating back to the 14th century, it is one of the oldest towns in Finland and certainly worth a visit. In fact, this little town is one of our favorite places in the entire country; every time we visited, we loved it just a little bit more!

If you are planning a day trip to Rauma or even a longer stay, make sure to take a look at our tips and map below!

 

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.

 

 

What to See in Old Rauma

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.

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

 

What to Do in Old Rauma

If you’re feeling jaded, make sure to visit one of the numerous cafés 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. We have marked some of our favorites on the map below 😉

 

Rauma Lace

If Rauma is known for one thing, it is its locally produced high-quality lace. Lace was first produced in significant amounts in Rauma in the early 19th century and was often the only way for unmarried women to generate a stable income. Unlike in other lace producing centers in Europe, lace production in Rauma was never automized.

 

You can pop into one of the town’s lace boutiques to either buy some lace for yourself or to simply learn more about its production. Or even better, come and visit during Lace Week, at the end of July. During the week there are several concerts and workshops for you to attend which are all free of charge. You can find more information on the program on their official website.

Cafés and boutique shops lace the heart of Vanha Rauma.
Cafés 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.

 

How to Get to Rauma

Rauma is most easily accessible either by car or by bus as no trains run to the city. As it is a viable day trip from Turku, several bus lines operate on the route Turku – Rauma. You can check for their availability over at Matkahuolto, the national bus operator. The journey from Turku to Rauma is approximately 1.5 hours with tickets as cheap at 2€ if booked in advance.

Bus services also run from Helsinki (3.5 hours) and Tampere (2.5 hours).

 

 

Your Personal Map of Old Rauma

 


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 with us in the comments below. Let’s stay in touch!

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