Ornate wooden houses, idyllic streets… Charming Old Rauma was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1991, as a unique example of the largest unified historical wooden town in the Nordic countries. Even today it is the heart of the town Rauma, where living, social life and business go hand in hand all year round.
Within the structure of old Rauma covering almost 30 hectares, medieval features are still evident, such as narrow, winding streets and lanes and irregularly-shaped courtyards. The densely-built area has almost 600 buildings, most of which are privately owned. Characteristics of the townscape include courtyards marked by impressive gates and wooden fences.
Old Rauma is best enjoyed on foot. On a walk, the visitor may take in the scent of lilac blossom, or the wood smoke rising atmospherically from chimneys.