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Hämeenlinna – Finland´s Oldest Inland Town
Tourism Hämeenlinna & Hämeenlinna Guide
Finland´s oldest inland town is especially known for its medieval castle, of the magical nature reserve Aulanko and as the birthplace of the composer Jean Sibelius. Hämeenlinna is also known as town of mega events as for e.g. AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Guns N´ Roses and Metallica has brought over 130 000 visitors to Kantola Event Park.
The Castle peninsula
Linnanniemi (The Castle area) on the shore of Vanajavesi is an area which contains a unique complex of museums, open all year. The medieval castle, prison buildings and army barracks from the 19th century are an imposing sight. An eye-opening experience for anyone sharing the conventional concept of a museum!
Hämeenlinna city center
There are many fascinating sights on the market square located at the heart of the city and the street around it, such as the birthplace of Jean Sibelius, the Skogster Museum (Hämeenlinna City Museum) and the Hämeenlinna church. The Palander Houses gives a glimpse into the lives of the gentry in the 19th century, and the Wetterhoff House sells handmade souvenirs. Hämeenlinna Art Museum is a diverse museum of visual arts. The museum operates in two buildings in the Verkatehdas area, both featuring temporary exhibition that showcase various types of visual arts. The special exhibitions feature both older Finnish art and the latest contemporary art styles.
Aulanko offers an ample selection of experiences for all visitors. Scandic Aulanko is home to a spa and an arena, in addition to which it offers visitors a number of well-being services; there is a stable, tennis courts, the Aulanko Golf course and an adventure park right next to the hotel. Aulanko Outdoors equipment rental also serves individual travelers and tourists. Aulanko is nestled within a forest park, where visitors can climb the belvedere to admire the view, or stroll along the ponds to feed ducks
Ahvenisto Activity Park
Ahvenisto Activity Park offers experiences, recreation and fun activities to visitors of all ages! In addition to the legendary public pool the area offers hiking paths, sandy beaches, FlowPark adventure tracks and cafe.
Iittala Village is a diverse and pleasant shopping and tourism destination located north of Hämeenlinna. In addition to shopping, you can learn about the history of glassmaking and watch some incredibly talented glass-blowers at work. The Naivists at Iittala exhibition gathers 20,000 guests from Finland and abroad every summer.
The first themed art station in Finland has been built in Iittala. The new station embodies Iittala’s history as a village for crafts, design and art. In the future, it will also serve as a calling card for the area and please the eyes of those travelling through Iittala on trains.
Get to know the city from the water on a Silverlines cruise on the beautiful lake Vanajavesi. Enjoy day, evening or theme cruises from the ferry harbor located in the center of the city. The ferries have excellent restaurants onboard.