Some 45 minutes outside Helsinki, this city of 51,000 was one of Finland's key medieval towns and is a popular tourist destination due to its well preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings, as well as its 15th-century cathedral. It's quaint-as-all-getout slice of olde Finlande whose 18th-century quarter comes down just on the safe side of twee; its cobblestone lanes are lined with wooden houses harboring various shops, museums, and restaurants (one of which, Timbaali, specializes in snails, yum).

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