"Porvoo - Captivating charm of Finland" Top 5 Page for this destination Porvoo by HORSCHECK

Porvoo Travel Guide: 252 reviews and 568 photos

My three weeks summer holiday 2005 started with a day in the picturesque Finnish village of Porvoo. Porvoo is the second oldest city of Finland and is home to about 46.000 people. About 33 % of them speak Swedish as their mother tongue.

I was lucky enough to meet two local VT members in Porvoo so I had the chance to see the city through the eyes of a local. How else could I know where Mika Hakkinen got married?

Porvoo's main tourist attraction is the Old Town with its colourful houses and cobbled streets. Apart from that the Porvoo river banks invite visitors for a stroll and a rest in one of the cafes and restaurants.

"My trip had begun. I was about to see Europe again."
--- Bill Bryson, Neither here nor there ---

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic colourful scenery on long sunny summer days.
  • Cons:Long dark nights in the winter.
  • In a nutshell:Captivating charm of Finland.
  • Last visit to Porvoo: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 11, 2013
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    an interesting place with a lot of charme ! My favorite place to eat there would be Restaurant Ship Glückauf ! ;-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Me again, coming back after six years for another look at this great page. These northern countries have such beautiful light in the evenings!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    This is a lovely page. I like the town especially around the River Porvoo.

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    nice page, we also had beers at the Gluckauf

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Looks lovely, hope to visit Finland sometime.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Porvoo old town looks lovely, and how great to explore it together with a VT-member who knows the place!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Looks like a cute little town. How the hell did the ship get that German sounding name? Love the gossip mirrors, LOL!

  • ZenLady34's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Hi!its been awhile! I just thought about posting you an update as the NakkiKustaa place (lihapiirakka) remember? has been closed down as the owner passed away... That was a sad day... Take care!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I love the gossip mirror tradition; unique. You did a nice job of showing the sites-and in daylight period also. We still plan to get to Dresden and Bamberg areas in May 2011.

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    A very nice page on a city I've never heard of. It was very informative: especially the gossip mirrors. Cheers from Ankara, Pinar


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