Favorite thing: You have to see the narrowest street in Finland. It's Kitukränn in Old Rauma. No, you can't squeeze a car in it - well, if it's a very small car you might, but it's not allowed to drive thru. You can reach the walls of the houses with your hands when you stand in Kitukränn.
The narrowest street in Finland
*All kind of dirtying and messing up is strongly prohibited under penalty of 20 FIM*.
(What will happen to the old placard after EURO; How much will it the fine be in EUROs?)
Unfortunately, I haven't been revisiting since the Euro but if someone goes to Rauma, please check it out and let me know :-))
Here are some websites formore infos on old rauma and places to stay and eat:
1. Old Rauma
2. City of Rauma '
And now something interesting: did you know that HELSINKI was actually founded in this square?
Yes, in 1550 Gustav Vaasa ordered inhabitants of Rauma to found Helsinki and the merchants and other people gathered here at Helsinki Square before leaving the town!
There is also a statue of bobbin lace-maker in the square.
Favorite thing: Nearby is also the old pharmacy house located at the market place where there is an evening market each evening in July - in addition to fresh vegetables and fruits you can find antiquities and handicraft!
Favorite thing: This picture was just sent to me by my friend & host.... Taken right on Xmas eve 2003, the market square in downtown Rauma, full of snow.... isn't it a lovely winter scene!??? Would love to be there.... except for the weather!!! :P
Favorite thing: Relating to lace, since 1971 Rauma has had a Lace Week at the end of July, when lace exhibitions gather enthusiasts from all over Finland and also from further. During the week Rauma offers lots of different exhibitions, shows, concerts etc. During the Lace Week there's also the Black Lace Night when shops and exhibitions are open in the night and people are recommended to wear something with black lace. Usually thousands of people (both those who live in Rauma and tourists) go to the center of the town to meet friends and having fun :)
Favorite thing: This is me and my friends when walking at downtown Rauma, in front of a drugstore! I love the colors of the buildings in this town, which are old wooden houses (Finns used to build their homes in wood in the old days) perfectly well preserved... :)
Favorite thing: Old Rauma is the largest unified historical wooden town in the Nordic countries. Even today it is the heart of the town, where living, social life and business go hand in hand all year round. Old Rauma area covers an area of 28 hectares and there are 600 buildings, most of which are privately owned. The population of Old Rauma is 800. The lively business is concentrated around the market square.
Old Rauma is the official #1 spot, of course, being on UNESCO's World Heritage list as a well conserved wooden city quarter. Don't mistake me, however, it's not a museum by any means. The buildings may be old as hell and made of wood, but that doesn't mean all kinds of shops aren't open in them these days -- electronics stores, clothing boutiques, banks, bicycle shops, everything. Old Rauma isn't celebrated by putting it in a glass jar, but by keeping it alive and well!
Fondest memory: The Night of the Black Lace, in late June, is a night when the shops in the Old Rauma area are open very late, and people walk around wearing as much black lace clothing as they can find. It's a local festival, and though it's not as flashy and huge as the Rio carnivals, it's got a very lovely sort of old-time glamour about it.
Favorite thing: This is a small but very nice Franciscan church in Rauma which is unusually decorated if you compare it to most of the Finnish churches (which are Lutheran). This is a very old building too but it's pretty well preserved.
Favorite thing: This is the big organ inside the Franciscan church of Rauma. I love how the chandeliers and the organ look above the benches!
Moving back towards the market place it is possibly to look the life of people living nowadays here.
No water around but a boat in the garden?
Art Museum and Marela Museum
If you are interested in Museums these two might be of your interest.
The latter decorative house has been owned by several ship owning families.
Favorite thing: The market place is the right spot to start a walk around the town. Here you will find the Old Town Hall which now serves as the Rauma Museum.