Although Uusikaupunki means literally "a new town" in Finnish, the town is nearly 400 years old. Established in 1617, Uusikaupunki is rich in history. For example, the peace treaty of the Great Northern War was signed here in 1721 and the first glass factory , and although the town has burned down twice during its history, it was rebuilt both times.
Here you can walk along streets lined with wooden houses from the 19th century or visit one of the several churches in the area. The oldest one was built in the 1400s, and even the newest is from 1863. In the summertime a walk through Myllymäki, a beautiful windmill park, is definitely worthwhile.
Uusikaupunki has a glorious history in seafaring. In the 19th century, it had the second largest fleet in Finland, and the history is prominent at the local museums. We recommend you visit the Seaman´s home, the Naval Pilot Museum, and the Museum of Cultural History. There is also a dugout museum showing Finnish soldiers lived in the World War II as well as other military paraphernalia, a site well worth a visit!
Uusikaupunki is where history comes alive.