Porvoo Old Town
Porvoo Old Town
4.5
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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  • Mircea P
    Utrecht, The Netherlands18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and small
    Nice trip from Helsinki by public transport. Very small, at most 2 hours and seen everything. There is some good food to combine with lunch or dinner. There are some nature trails (1-3 hours long) nearby and they require some transport to get there
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic6,384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite town with beautiful preserved buildings.
    Without expecting much, this was a nice surprise. It's definitely worth to visit this place and walk around for couple of hours, with some stops in the restaurants of cafés. What I specifically liked was that even the common houses or flat buildings seemed to be historical and preserved, making the historical city center much wider, not concentrating everything historical to one square or so. Parking at the place was pain, since almost every parking spot was either occupied, or expensive. Not to have a headache, I needed to go for that second option. There are some public toilets that I used. They were paid, but clean.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Sue R
    Las Vegas, Nevada223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Quaint Picturesque Town
    We enjoyed our brief visit to Porvoo, about 35 miles east of Helsinki. However, the town was a bit drab compared to tourist literature that depicted the area as brightly painted and colorful. For example, the iconic town hall appeared to be rundown with fading beige walls. We enjoyed visiting the lovely church and some of the shops including the venerable chocolate shop!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Pauliina T
    Joensuu, Finland2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifull place
    Beautifull town and nice relaxing mood. Narrow streets and wooden buildings make you in a good mood. Good italian ice cream nearby the chocolate factory’s shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • elkakna
    Athens, Greece202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautifull, romantic small town
    Porvoo, is the second oldest town in Finland and it is one of the most popular and photographed national landscapes. With its red-ochre painted riverside warehouses, the colourful wooden houses, small parks between beautiful buildings, a beautiful forest at the edge of the town and winding cobbled streets, I think it is a beautiful small town which is worth visiting. You can visit Porvoo by bus, it takes only 50-60 minutes from Helsinki Kamppi bus station. The ticket costs 10-20€. I believe that half a day is enough to visit, as the city is relatively small. We started our walk on the bank opposite the red houses from where we were able to admire not only the view of the opposite bank, but also the beautiful houses, the wonderful flowers that are literally everywhere and the nature that surrounds this small town (National Urban Park). Then, we toured among the quaint houses of Old Porvoo where there are various souvenir shops. You will also find many restaurants, cute cafes, quirky shops, chocolateries and romantic hotels. In Porvoo there is the Brunberg Chocolate/Sweets Factory which has produced chocolates and sweets since 1871. People are visiting this shop to taste Brunberg’s chocolate kisses, truffles, liquorice, and other sweets. The company has two shops, one in Old Porvoo on Välikatu Street and one at the factory on Teollisuustie Road in Tarmola. Attention: All stores at Porvoo close at 18:00 (August 2023) so you should plan your purchases before this time. We also visited the cathedral located on top of a hill. Externally temple was impressive, but internally there is nothing special to see. Admission is free. The temple is surrounded by a very beautiful atmospheric courtyard with plenty of shade and benches.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Peter Coombes
    Oxford, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cold, but so nice.
    Minus 22. Who cares? The locals are out and carefully looking after tourists and business as usual. Its so nice to be here in the coldest weather... there's only about five other tourists all day. Heaven. Kids on sledges. People just going about their finny business. Really pretty, un-messed-about-with.. Modest traditional village.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 7, 2024
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,864 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Situated on the southeast coast of Finland, Porvoo is 30 miles from Helsinki. Most tourist travel to Porvoo as a day trip. The Kamppi bus station in Helsinki run buses to Porvoo. The trip takes about an hour one way. It is one of six medieval towns in Finland although most of the architecture of old town dates to the 18th-19th century due to an extensive fire in the 18th century. Houses of the 18th-19th century are brightly colored and made from wood. Streets are narrow and dense with cobble stone paving. One notable exception is Porvoo Cathedral, an Evangelical Lutheran house of worship which dates to the 15th century and is built of stone and wood. In the 13th and 14th century, Swedes colonized the town of Porvoo. Porvoo still has strong Swedish roots and today 30 % of the population speaks Swedish while 65 % speak Finnish.

There are some restaurants serving authentic Finnish food. Quaint shops selling unique merchandise but for the most part tourist come for the experience of seeing life in days gone by. Porvoo can be a half-day experience or a full day adventure.
Written March 22, 2020
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AmKreuz86
Helsinki, Finland612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
I'll keep this short and sweet.

The old town is located wonderfully. It's alleys lined with adorable shops ranging from selling crafts, souvenirs and local products to lovely coffee shops and restaurants.

The colours, the architecture, the cobblestone roads....all visually amazing.

Luckily for us, our B&B was located in the old town so we woke so happy.

Just go. You'll not regret it!
Written December 29, 2020
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KSt
Oulu, Finland49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I think you should visit Porvoo old town even from distance, for example if you are visiting in Helsinki. Porvoo old town is great place to shop in small boutiques and buy souveniers from Finland. There is a lot of lifestyle shops and finnish antiquity shops where you can find design and decorations. Old town is full of cafes and restaurants but I would recommend to eat lunch outside of old town in Bistro Sinne. Sinne is located in short walking distance from old town.
Written August 11, 2020
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Semaan D. Makary
Ehden, Lebanon543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Six towns were established in Finland during the Middle Ages. Some of them grew to be towns without any official order having been issued. This was the case with Porvoo, which got the town rights after Turku in the 14th century.

The story tells that in 1346 Maunu Eerikinpoika (Magnus Eriksson), then the King of Sweden, visited Porvoo and granted the town rights there and then. The Porvoo Castle was built on the hill and the town was named Borgå (“castle river”) in Swedish.

The Porvoo parish and the church originated in the 13th century. The church was first built of wood, later of stone. It was founded high on the hill to dominate the town!
Written January 3, 2023
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Sue R
Las Vegas, NV223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our brief visit to Porvoo, about 35 miles east of Helsinki. However, the town was a bit drab compared to tourist literature that depicted the area as brightly painted and colorful. For example, the iconic town hall appeared to be rundown with fading beige walls. We enjoyed visiting the lovely church and some of the shops including the venerable chocolate shop!
Written July 6, 2023
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elkakna
Athens, Greece202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Porvoo, is the second oldest town in Finland and it is one of the most popular and photographed national landscapes. With its red-ochre painted riverside warehouses, the colourful wooden houses, small parks between beautiful buildings, a beautiful forest at the edge of the town and winding cobbled streets, I think it is a beautiful small town which is worth visiting.
You can visit Porvoo by bus, it takes only 50-60 minutes from Helsinki Kamppi bus station. The ticket costs 10-20€. I believe that half a day is enough to visit, as the city is relatively small. We started our walk on the bank opposite the red houses from where we were able to admire not only the view of the opposite bank, but also the beautiful houses, the wonderful flowers that are literally everywhere and the nature that surrounds this small town (National Urban Park). Then, we toured among the quaint houses of Old Porvoo where there are various souvenir shops. You will also find many restaurants, cute cafes, quirky shops, chocolateries and romantic hotels.
In Porvoo there is the Brunberg Chocolate/Sweets Factory which has produced chocolates and sweets since 1871. People are visiting this shop to taste Brunberg’s chocolate kisses, truffles, liquorice, and other sweets. The company has two shops, one in Old Porvoo on Välikatu Street and one at the factory on Teollisuustie Road in Tarmola. Attention: All stores at Porvoo close at 18:00 (August 2023) so you should plan your purchases before this time.
We also visited the cathedral located on top of a hill. Externally temple was impressive, but internally there is nothing special to see. Admission is free. The temple is surrounded by a very beautiful atmospheric courtyard with plenty of shade and benches.
Written September 10, 2023
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Peggy T
Singapore, Singapore844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is a gorgeous old town with beautiful houses. As you strolled through the cobbled stone walkway, relaxing enjoying both sides if the houses. There are nice local shops that you can spend time having small talk with the owners. The walk along the Porvoo River was serene. As the weather was great, you can to see the reflection of the clouds,houses, trees, boats on the river. A great place to have nice quiet relaxing time.
Written September 9, 2022
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ExperienceCatcher
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
The Old Porvoo I definitely recommend to visit if being near Helsinki. It took me one day and the busses are often and regular to the place. You have a guide in the app of the town, so it's easy to discover the place on your own. There are a lot of caffes and restaurants. The prices are more or less the same, but also could be high somewhere. The town is full of design and antique shops. You can find something to your taste. Comfy shoes and you will be fine to have a good time there.
Written October 22, 2021
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Febrina valentin Salatananda
Batam, Indonesia58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland. We visited here by bus from kamppi bus station. There are a lot of bus from here. Its about 1 hour to porvoo from helsinki. I visit porvoo when summertime. And the weather cold enough because windy there. (You have wear jacket even its summer time). From porvoo to finland, we take bus from same station as we arrived at porvoo . We really enjoy this city and hope can come back again.
Written February 5, 2020
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Mikebzh56
nantes67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
I visit porvoo in winter and that was very Nice to walk in the city lots of little street and nice colour house in wood. The rivier is nearby an there is nice walk in the Wood.
The bus from helsinki cost 10€ to go.
Written January 25, 2023
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