Things to see and do - Porvoo
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Until the 18C, Porvoo was the country's second largest commercial hub after Turku. The colony established on the banks of the River Porvoo prospered under the protection of a powerful fortress and in 1346 was granted a charter by the King of Sweden, Magnus Eriksson. The current centre separates the medieval town from the Empire-style area, designed around 1830 by architect Carl Ludvig Engel to retain the memory of national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg, whose home can be visited. The cathedral and two museums in the old town are also worth seeing.
Tourist attractions Porvoo : Things to see and do
Aleksanterinkatu 3 FIN - 06100 Porvoo
The home of Finland's national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is one of the town's best-preserved Empire buildings. The interior remains as it was during the poet's last years. In the drawing room, note the bust of his father (1860) by Walte..
Raatihuoneentori FIN - 06100 Porvoo
The museum is housed in Porvoo's former town hall, built in 1764. The collections date mainly from the 18C and 19C and include harnesses, sledges, horse-drawn carriages and a collection of locks, as well as artefacts related to local history, 19C cos..
Raatihuoneenkatu 21 FIN - 06100 Porvoo
As much about history as art, this museum exhibits works by the Finnish masters Ville Vallgren, Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905), Johan Knutson (1816-1899) and Nils Schillmark (1754-1804), but also some renowned names representing the Finnish industrial a..
Piispankatu 34 FIN - 06100 Porvoo
This central yet quiet hotel is just around the corner from Porvoo’s main square and bus station. It offers free Wi-Fi and weekday evening sauna access. Helsinki is 50 km away. Hotel Sparre’s guest rooms have a private bathroom with shower. All are ..
Haikkoontie 114 FIN - 06400 Porvoo
The elegant Hotel Haikko Manor & Spa enjoys a seafront location, 6 km from Porvoo city centre, and functions in 2 separate buildings: the modern Spa hotel and the traditional Manor house. Guests enjoy free entry to the spa areas, pools and saunas. B..
Sannaistentie 540 FIN - 07310 Sannäs
Renovated in 2014, Sannäsin Kartano is an 1830s manor house providing modern rooms with garden views, a TV and private bathroom with shower. WiFi and parking are free, and facilities include an indoor pool and restaurant. Porvoo city centre is within..