Santalahti Resort - Kotka Park Tour
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Kotka is called Finland's park city, and for good reason. Parks have been a major focus of investment here and have become one of the city's unique attractions. In the parks you can wander, admire, listen, exercise or take a break at Finland's largest picnic table. Kotka's magnificent and award-winning parks offer opportunities for a wide range of experiences.
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In addition to the marina, Sapokka has been restored into a lovely green space. The dominant element of the park is water. In addition to the marine area, it flows in small streams and ponds and in the almost 20-metre-high waterfall on the southern rock of the park. In the Eero Hiironen Square you can see seven works by Professor Hiironen.Katariina Sea Park is a large outdoor area built among the ruins of the Ruotsinsalmi Fortress. The park has a large meadow area and great picnic spots. One of them is a stone table for 50 people by the sea, which is said to be the largest picnic table in Finland. The park also has a meditation labyrinth, modelled on the medieval Chartres Cathedral, with a 525-metre walk along the path to the centre.
The Sculpture Promenade is a more than two-kilometre-long route through the centre of Kotka. The linden grove of Keskuskatu and the two associated parks, Toivo Pekkanen Park and Sibeliuspuisto, have been transformed into a magnificent sculpture park of contemporary art. It has been awarded the Environmental Architecture Prize of the Year (2001) and the Pro Sculptura Medal (2004).
Welcome to enjoy Kotka's parks.
- 5 of Kotka's parks have been awarded the Green fag award. Four of these parks are located on the route.
- The parks have been built using recycled materials to a large extent. Most of the soil is from other construction sites and the stones used are quarry waste. Old paving stones have also been used in many ways.
- Along the route there are several fortifications from the Ruotsinsalmi naval battles (1789 - 1790) which have been restored as tourist attractions. An herb garden has been set up in the old Redutti and in the Sea Park there are the Cannon Battery of the fortresses of Katariina. In the large park you will find Kotka's oldest building, the Orthodox Church, which is the only building from that time that has survived intact.
Safety informationThe route is safe to follow.
Public-transport-friendlySantalahti is not accessible by public transport. Instead, the park part of the route can be accessed as follows:
The park tour goes around the island of Kotka and the route is easily accessible from Kotka's main long-distance bus stop. Bus timetables can be found at https://www.matkahuolto.fi/matkustajat/bussiaikataulut
All local bus services that terminate in the centre of Kotka run in the vicinity of the park circuit. Local bus timetables can be found at https://www.kotkanaikataulut.fi/
The distance from Kotka Train Station to the Park Circuit is at least 200 metres. Train timetables can be found at https://www.vr.fi/aikataulut
By roadComing from Helsinki, take ramp number 73 and turn right. Drive 5.7 km on Mussolontie and turn right onto Merituulentie for 1.3 km, then turn right again onto Santalahdentie for 1.5 km and you are there.
ParkingPlenty of free parking in Santalahti
EquipmentIf you have problems with your bike on the route, there is a bike repair shop Random Bikes on Kotka Island https://www.randombikes.fi/
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