Park Tour in Kotka
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Kotkan puistokierrosVideo: Videotoimisto Ikimedia, Visit Kotka-Hamina
In addition to being a marina, Sapokka has been renovated into a lovely green area. The park’s predominant element is water. In addition to the sea area, water flows in small streams and ponds, as well as the nearly 20 m high waterfall on the south slope of the park. The Eero Hiironen Square features seven works by Professor Hiironen.
The Katariina Seaside Park is an extensive outdoor recreation area built amid the ruins of the Ruotsinsalmi fortress. The park has a large meadow area and great picnic spots. One of them is a stone table, which is said to be the largest picnic table in Finland, for 50 people by the sea. A meditation labyrinth modelled after the medieval Chartres Cathedral, with a 525-metre route to its heart, has also been built in the park.
The Sculpture Promenade is a route more than two kilometres long that runs through the Kotka city centre. The promenade bordered by linden trees along Keskuskatu and two other adjoining parks, the Toivo Pekkanen Park and the Sibelius Park, together form a magnificent sculpture park of contemporary art. The park has won a national environmental structure award in 2001 and the Pro Sculptura medal in 2004.
Welcome to visit the parks of Kotka.
- Five of the parks in Kotka have been given a Green Flag Award. Four of these parks are located on the route.
- A lot of recycled material has been utilised in the construction of the parks. The majority of the land masses come from other construction sites and the stones used are quarry waste. Old cobblestones have also been utilised in many ways.
- Along the route there are several fortifications dating back to the naval battles of Svensksund (1789–1790) that have been restored as attractions. The Herb Garden is housed in an old redoubt, and the Seaside Park features the Fort Katarina artillery battery. In the Isopuisto Park you will find the oldest building in Kotka, the Orthodox Church, which is the only building that has survived intact since that time.
Rest stopsPalotorninvuoren puisto, Kotka
Safety informationRoute is safe
Public-transport-friendlyThe Park Tour is located in downtown Kotka and can be reached by almost all long-distance bus lines. Bus timetables are available at https://www.matkahuolto.fi/matkustajat/bussiaikataulut All local bus services to the Kotka city centre are in the immediate vicinity of the Park Tour. Local bus line timetables are available at https://www.kotkanaikataulut.fi/
When arriving by train, the distance from the terminal in Kotka’s Kantasatama Harbour to the Park Tour is as short as 200 metres. Train timetables are available https://www.vr.fi/aikataulut
Getting thereWhen approaching on the motorway, take exit 74 and continue south along Hyvätuulentie road until you reach the Kotka city centre.
ParkingThere is plenty of paid and free parking available on the centre of Kotka.
EquipmentThere are no difficult sections on the route, but in case you want to deviate for example to explore the fortifications from the Battle of Svensksund, you should be prepared with footwear suitable for the terrain.
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