city in the region of Finland Proper

Uusikaupunki (Swedish: Nystad) is a city in Finland Proper in Western Finland.

Wooden houses along Nordenström street.
Mills and water tower
Port of Uusikaupunki (2007). A ship loaded with Porches.


Uusikaupunki was founded in 1617 and is the main town of the Vakka-Suomi region. In the 19th century it was an important ship building and shipping centre. The Empire style wooden old town was built according to a plan from 1856. Among the big employers nowadays are Finland's only car factory (which produces Mercedes-Benz A-Class cars) and a shipyard (building boats and small ships). The Vakka-Suomi countryside, including countryside parts of the Uusikaupunki municipality, is described in a separate guide.

Get inEdit

The nearest major city is Turku, which has hourly buses to Uusikaupunki (1 hr 10 min, €11.30). A few buses on weekdays also from Rauma (1 hr, €11.10). No passenger service along the Uusikaupunki railway as of 2021.

  • Guest harbour, Pakkahuoneentori 2 (in the centre), +358 44-712-3500, . About Apr–Sep. Full service guest harbour. Bikes for hire. The adjacent square is an event venue in season: live music, dances, markets etc. Harbour fee €20, day fee €6 (6 hr); electricity +€3; off season each other night free; bikes €3/hr, €15/24 hr, €45/week.

Get aroundEdit

Ukikyyti[dead link] connects the routes of passengers traveling in the same direction and at the same time, thus being able to serve as many customers as possible. Ukikyydi's service area covers the city center of Uusikaupunki and its immediate surroundings.

The ride can be ordered within the service area between any addresses on weekdays from 07:00 to 21:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00. The ride is ordered and paid for with Matkahuolto's Routes and Tickets application. Alternatively, the ride can be ordered by calling 0800 133 733 M–F from 08:00 to 16:00, in which case payment will be made in the car with either cash or a debit card. The order can be placed for immediate need or even five days before the time of the trip.

You can get the ride from the location indicated by the app or customer service. If the trip is booked for several people, the price of the first passenger will be €2 and each additional passenger will be charged an additional €1. You can also get a car with a pram, wheelchair or rollator, for example.

By taxiEdit

  • Valopilkku (Taksi Helsinki). Taxis ordered by smart phone app. Pricing not told on the web.
  • 02 Taksi. Smart phone app offers address based routing and gives price offers from different taxi companies. Pricing not told on the web.


  • Wooden old town.
  • Isokari lighthouse island, see cruises below.
  • Katanpää fortress, built 1915–1917, see cruises below.
  • Bonk Museum, Siltakatu 2, +358 2 841-8404, . A museum chronicling the bizarre story of Bonk Business Inc, a multinational corporation that pioneered anchovy power generation, advanced disinformation systems and localized black holes. There's one small catch – the company doesn't actually exist – but this firmly tongue-in-cheek museum doesn't let that get in the way of a good story. Advance reservations essential. Adult €5, student €3.5, child €2.
  • Car museum, Autotehtaankatu 14, +358 204 848-068, . Aug-May daily 11:00–17:00, June–July: daily 10:00–18:00. Adult €10, student €8, child €5.


  • [dead link] Mary Ann (sailing ship cruises), +358 2 8451-5455, . Midsummer to mid-August: Th Su 10:30–18:00, F 13:00–21:00 Isokari, W Sa 10:30–18:00 Katanpää; in July also "pirate cruises" F 10:00–12:30. Guided cruises to destinations in the archipelago with a brigantine built 1996 as a replica of a ship active in mid-19th century. Adult €48, child 4-12 €24, pirate cruises €25/13 (lunch included).
  • [dead link] Diana ("water bus" cruises), +358 44-515-2502, . Midsummer to mid-August Tu–Sa 11:00–18:00, in autumn some bird watching cruises. Guided cruises to destinations in the archipelago (mainly Isokari or Katanpää). The standard cruises include dinner at the yachting club. Advance booking needed. €49 adult, €25 child fare for ages 4–12.
  • Wreck cruises (Hylkyretket), +358 50 420 5425, . Tu Th Sa. Cruise to wrecked ships in the neighbourhood, arranged by divers but without diving (technical means of viewing the wrecks used instead). Tailored cruises for groups of 8–12 persons. Advance booking needed. Adult €30, child €25.
  • 1Bothnian Sea National Park. The national park consists of a strip of some 100 km of outer archipelago off Uusikaupunki, Raumo and Pori. The bird sanctuary Preiviikinlahti Bay is reachable by road, but otherwise you need some kind of boat to reach the park. There are many businesses offering tours to the park, either by timetable or as charter services, also diving or seal watching tours. Among sights are the Isokari, Säppi and Kylmäpihlaja lighthouses and the coastal fort Katanpää. There are services such as jetties, cooking shelters and nature trails on some of the islands. There are several guest harbours in the inner archipelago. Stay away from islets with nesting birds. Free, except for transportation and guide service costs.    

Festivals and concertsEdit

  • Karjurock: . 3-day music festival in mid-July. (date needs fixing)
  • Crusell week in July–August in honour of clarinettist and composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell. Many concerts.


  • 1 Uusikaupunki Market Square (Uudenkaupungin tori), Alinenkatu 32 (in the town center). Tul toril market events on Saturdays starting at 10am, from July to September.
  • 2 Vakka-Suomen Panimo, Välttitie 2, +358 50 370 1276. Microbrewery with a shop for their products. their Prykmestar SavuKataja was chosen as beer of the year at 2009 Helsinki Beer Festival.

Eat and drinkEdit

  • 1 Kirsta, Aittaranta 4–6, +358 40-779-8889. M–Th 11:00–20:00, F 11:00–22:00, Sa 12:00–22:00, Su 12:00–16:00; lunch M–F 11:00–15:00. Restaurant. Live (one-man) music in Saturday nights. €20–30; lunch €10.
  • 2 Luode, Sepänkatu 1, +358 40-158-0815, . Closed in summer and Su–M. Tu–Th 11:00–21:00, F 11;00–22:00, Sa 15:00–22:00; lunch M–F 11:00–14:00. Fine dining restaurant. Tasting menus with wine packages. Lunch €11; mains €20–25, tasting menus €50–95.
  • 3 Gasthaus Pooki, Ylinenkatu 21 (by the church and market square), +358 2 847 7100, . Tu–F 15:00–21:00, Sa 12:00–21:00, Su–M closed; Christmas buffet 14–22 Dec 14:00–19:00. A small restaurant with very good food. Also rooms with ensuite facilities. €16–32; Christmas buffet €28.
  • 4 Rosamunda, Koulukatu 5 (by the market square), +358 2 842-4833, . Lunch M–Sa 11:00–15:00. Café. Lunch €8–11.


For lodging and camping farther from the centre, see Vakka-Suomi countryside.


  • 1 Santtioranta, Kalalokkikuja 14 (by the shore north of the centre, 1.5 km from the church), +358 41-314-4890, . May–Sep; café Jun–Sep 08:00–22:00. Camping site. Café. Public beach. Cabins €40+€7.50/person, caravans €25+€4/person (children 0–12 €2), tents €20+€4/person (children 0–12 €2).



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