Ah! Gorgeous Rauma

DID YOU KNOW THAT RAUMA IS THE FOURTH OLDEST CITY IN FINLAND, RECOGNISED AS MAYBE THE BEST PRESERVED EXAMPLE OF A NORDIC WOODEN TOWN?

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The meandering streets, colourful houses, ornate gates and delightful details appeal to visitors time and again.

The old town of Rauma is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it represents the largest, cohesive and best-preserved area of wooden buildings in the Nordic countries. The lively idyllic neighbourhood is full of charming boutiques, shops, cafes, museums and attractions. The meandering streets, colourful houses, ornate gates and delightful details appeal to visitors time and again.

During summer, the studios of numerous artists based in the area are open to the public. Whilst visiting Rauma, pop into the fascinating flea markets held in courtyards of residents, organised during the famous Lace Week. The traditional Lace Week was first launched to celebrate the Rauma’s renowned expertise in lace production. Lace is still strongly represented throughout the week. For example, the Miss Lace Competition is one of the oldest beauty pageants in the country. In addition, many locals dress in black lace on the Night of the Black Lace night – the climax of the festivities.

In summer 2020, this traditional event will be organised for the 50th time in cooperation with many local associations. The anniversary year is guaranteed to offer an interesting programme, most of which is already provided to visitors free of charge and open to all. So don’t forget to pop in to Rauma from July 18th - 26th.

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Text Stina Frimodig. Video Kim Allen-Mersh.

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