Naantali’s first Well Room (=Kaivohuone in Finnish) was built in Viluluoto in 1724. Distinguished gentlemen and ladies came to Naantali to take the waters, which were said to improve headaches and gout, among other conditions.
They were accommodated next to the well and offered the option of full treatment. At regular intervals, a ’well master’ would ring the bell inviting guests to drink the sulphur-rich water – eight glasses a day! As well as the medicinal waters, entertainment would be provided – usually dancing and music.
In 1868, a new Kaivohuone was built in its present location – away from the source – and, twenty years later, Kaivohuone’s music pavilion was erected in the park, which featured hired musicians and singers.
The new venue soon became the most popular in the city: various dances, music and entertainment events were organised, with international orchestras and musical ensembles.
For almost 150 years, Kaivohuone has been a popular destination for dancing, music, and dining in Naantali’s characterful old town. Today, the tradition continues, as every summer Kaivohuone opens its doors to welcome customers with great food, great company – and some of the best live music around.