Kotka National Urban Park cycle route
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Although Kotka is Finland's park capital and all the award-winning parks are an important part of it, there are many other interesting things to see and experience in the city park. For those interested in history, the area is rich in the remains of the Ruotsinsalmi naval battles and the subsequent Ruotsinsalmi fortress town built under the orders of Katariina the Great, most notably the Kyminlinna castle fortifications and the Katariina peninsula artillery batteries. At Langinkoski you can learn about the life of the Tsars in the form of the fishing lodge built for Tsar Alexander III and the history of fishing in the area.
For lovers of architecture and design, the route offers a taste of architecture in the form of the Alvar Aalto designed Sunila factory and the housing estate built for its workers. In the Karhula Factory Park, you can explore the site of the famous Karhula Glass Factory, which once produced the Aalto dishes and Savoy vases designed by Aino Aalto, who rose to world fame.
Along the route, you'll find not only sightseeing attractions, but also plenty of stunning scenery and pleasant hiking trails. Take the route and fall in love with Kotka forever.
- There are 10 of Kotka's award-winning parks along the route, the most important of which are Katariina Seaside Park, Sapokka Water Park, Siikakoski Rapids Park and Karhula River Park.
- The imperial fishing lodge built for the Russian Emperor Alexander III, now a museum, on the shore of Langinkoski.
- The Kyminlinna castle fortification, built on the orders of Katariina the Great.
- Visits to the Vellamo Marine Centre and the Aquarium of Domestic Fish, Kotka Maretarium.
- The Sunila district designed by Alvar Aalto.
Safety informationMost of the route is on cycle tracks. The roads where there is also car traffic are village roads with very low traffic volumes.
Tips and hintsThere are several cafés along the route where you can stop for a break.
- Cafés in the centre of Kotka
- Metsola brewery
- Café Dagmar, Langinkoski
- Villa Munkholma, Siikakoski
- Karhula city centre cafés
Public-transport-friendlyThe route starts from the centre of Kotka, which can be reached by both local and long-distance buses. You can also get to Kotka city centre by train from Kouvola.
Getting thereGet off the E-18 motorway at ramp 74 and continue south on Hyväntuulentie until you are in the centre of Kotka.
ParkingThere are both paid and free parking spaces in the area.
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EquipmentPlease wear a bike helmet when cycling.
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