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Kristinestad - A travel report by Kajsa
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Kristinestad,  Finland - flag Finland -  Lansi-Suomen Laani
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Kristinestad (Finnish: Kristiinankaupunki) is a small, idyllic seaside town. The town invites visitors to walk along the narrow lanes, get to know the charming churches and museums and grab something to eat by the sea.

Kristinestad was founded in 1649 and named after the Swedish queen Christina. Finland was at this point a part of Sweden. Ship building, seafaring, leather factories, breweries, fishing and various workshops raised the city to its bloom.

In the 19th century, the merchant fleet of Kristi-nestad was one of the largest in the country, and the port was one of the busiest in the Gulf of Bothnia.

The city centre has changed its expression over the years but it still reflects the centuries of tradition in a unique way. It can be felt when walking down the narrow streets between the well-preserved wooden houses that have been spared from the flames. Kristinestad is a quite small town, you can reach almost everything within a block or two of the market square.

Favourite spots:
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The villages that surround the town are also worth visiting.

What's really great:
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Kristinestad is bilingual, like many other towns on the finnish coast. The inhabitants speak Finnish and Swedish.

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old ulrika eleonora church, the town centre...

Other recommendations:
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tourist office is located in the yellow Corner-house

Published on Tuesday October 20th, 2009

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Wed, Oct 21 2009 - 01:03 AM rating by mistybleu

Thanks for sharing your insight

Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 04:30 PM rating by aufgehts

Kajsa, this looks like a very nice village to visit!

Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 02:07 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Good first report.

Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 12:29 PM rating by eirekay

This is a great start! The pictures are wonderful! If you could fill in a little more information on the buildings you've shot, that would make this even better!

Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 11:40 AM rating by krisek

Kajsa, thank you for this report! Your narrative is great and the pictures are very inviting. The report is very short, though. It would be great if you could expand the sections to tells us more about the villages around, which you liked, and perhaps something a bit more about the bilingual nature of the population (it has been a long time, since Finland was part of Sweden), and more about the sights in the old town. Any places for accommodation? How about the restaurants and places to have a drink? I have not heard about this town before, and I am really intrigued. I'm sorry if I sound a little demanding ;) Thanks again! Let me give you 4* as I hope you will add a bit more information and it is your first report...

Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 10:54 AM rating by jacko1

This report is well written and the pics are excellent, more please.

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