While strolling through the streets of Hämeenlinna, you might come across the one or other interesting buildings:The former Skogster warehouse from 1906 shows some nice art nouveau features. Today, it is used as a rock club.If you use the path along the lakeshore to get from the rain station to the own centre, you'll come along some ruins....more
Though the market square is modern in layout, there is still a traditional feeling through the market taking place on it. He most important buildings are the church (see separate tip) and the town hall from 1885.A monument dedicaed to the newly-gained freedom of the country was placed in the 1920s. What really surprised me was the use of the...more
One of the best-known castles in Finland, Häme Castle has given its name to the city. The 13th century castle was altered and expanded several times. Between 1837 and 1980 it was used as a prison. Afterwards, it was refurbished and became a museum in 1991. Most rooms, however, are left with bare stones, partly with missing floors or walls. The...more
There's no real evidence of when Hämeen linna castle was built. Most probably it was built in the at the end of the 13th century after Birger Jarl's Crusade to Häme. During the Middle Ages the castle was turned into a home of the master of the castle. In the 18th century the castle was built higher, three storey building and was surrounded by a...more
Every castle needs a moat and Hämeen linna castle wasn't an exception. When we look at the pitiful ditch which separates the castle from the mainland it is hard to believe that the castle was able to protect its citizens against the enemy. A Russian story tells that in 1311 troops from Novgorod came to destroy Häme and indeed they destroyed...more
Interior is very much white giving it a convent like appearance. I love the serenity and symmetry of the vaults there. In the photo of the window you can again see how thick the walls are. When I walk there I like to imagine how life back then was. I "see" women in their long skirts and noble men living there. I can almost hear and smell them! But...more
Unfortunately there are no furniture in the castle, but still it is worth a deeper look and has lots of interesting things to see. If you have a closer look at the bench photo you can see how thick the walls were. They were not only to protect people in the castle from attacks but also to keep it warm/cool depending the weather. The only heating...more
Hämeelinna's most important sight is the castle that dates back to the year 1260. It is one of the best conserved mediaeval brick-buildings in Finland. One reason for its good condition is the fact that it was never attacked. From 1837 to 1980 it served as a prison. After renovation works it was opened to public in 1991.more
The „Gingerbread House“ has one of the best reputations among the restaurants in Hämeenlinna – and one of he highest prices as well. Look out for offers like lunch specials if you want to enjoy a classy meal for an affordable place.I had a reindeer dish which included all you can eat at the salad buffet. The food was excellent and worth to try, the...more
Nice pub with friendly atmosphere. This place has and emphasis on beer culture with a large choice of usual and less usual beers on offer. Look out for the beer of the month! There is also some pub grub like sandwiches on the menu. The place a frequented by a large width of audience, though people n their late twenties seem to be in the majority....more
This pub is known for cheap beer and is part of a small local network of pubs and clubs. The audience mostly consists of regular customers, some of them seem o spent every afternoon drinking there. Come here for price and some real life authenticity. However, for a cool and entertaining amosphere I would rather try out some of the other venues from...more
Ok, so if you decided to stay in Hämeenlinna over night after all, so this is the place to finalize your nightlife. The Sirkus club is the place where everyone ended the heavy night on drinking in this city. However, during the weekend, if you plan to take a taxi back home or hotel, better to leave half an hour earlier then the closing time,...more
Hämeenlinna is located at the line between Tampere and Helsinki which btw Finland's oldest train line. At least hourly, connections are offered in every direction. If you need to buy a ticket, be aware about the opening times of the counters which vary per weekday. At my last visit, the ticket vending machines had their menu only in Finnish and...more
Nice place to buy some souvenirs, local hand craft and such items are in the market square in the centre of town. But don't expect any to be cheap here, after all they are made for the tourist.
Hame Visitor Centre located south of Hameenlinna by the national parks of Liesjarvi and Torronsuo surrounding by big lakes. Its a great place to get more information about the nature in the area, where to go hiking and camping of even just to take a short break and swim in the lake.more
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Hämeenlinna is a medium size Finnish city, there are only few nice things to see here, especially the castle.
The city has a nice official web site including also tourist information.
The site is available also in English.