Hämeenlinna is a traditional and vibrant educational and cultural town at the junction of a nationally important rail, road and waterway network.
Living up to its vision, Hämeenlinna is a lively, beautiful and pleasant beach town in Southern Finland, which strives for sustainable development and offers visitors and citizens a variety of experiences to choose from.
Hämeenlinna has had plenty of practice over the centuries to make itself a real treasure, both for adventurers and for those who simply want to relax and enjoy everything the region has to offer. This includes its impressive castles, charming attractions and fascinating museums, in addition to its birdsong, the crunch of white snow under your step and unforgettably beautiful landscapes.
Hämeenlinna has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing and experiencing the city.
The Castle Peninsula
It is located about half a kilometer from the city centre. While you are here, you may visit the Häme Castle and Museo Militaria – The Artillery, Engineer and Signals Museum of Finland and the Prison Museum are all in this same area.
Häme Castle is one of Finland’s medieval royal castles. It is believed to have been built at the end of the 13th century, following the crusade by Swedish Earl Birger to Häme region. During the Middle Ages the original fortified camp was built into a residential castle for its commandant. In the 18th century a third storey was built and curtain wall buildings partly replaced the original outer walls. The castle and its surroundings were in prison use from 1837 to 1972. The main castle is now presented as a historical monument.
It is a culture and congress center situated in the centre of Hämeenlinna. The red brick milieu breathes the culture on offer at the complex. Among others, Hämeenlinna Theatre and Hämeenlinna Art Museum are located in the building.
The Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
In the centre of Hämeenlinna, in the 8th of December in the year of 1865, a son was born to the town doctor. The child was named Johan Christian Julius Sibelius. Today the world knows him as Finland’s beloved national composer; Jean Sibelius. The Birthplace of Jean Sibelius is a small, cozy museum where pictures, Sibelius´s belongings and music tell the colorful story of the different phases in the composer´s life.
Skogster Museum is the new main location of Hämeenlinna City Museum next to the market place. The downstairs holds a museum shop and reference library, as well as the Ooh, Hämeenlinna! exhibition, which features funny stories and extraordinary truths about Hämeenlinna. The downstairs of the museum has free admission.
Palander House presents the lifestyle of a bourgeois Hämeenlinna family 100 years ago. The museum showcases a variety of room ensembles, ranging from the elegant drawing room the servant´s kitchen. The museum is located in the north-east corner of the city centre in an area with lots of period houses.
Iittala Lasimäki’s “Glass Hill” provides visitors with various opportunities to learn about the history of glass as well as modern design. The glass museum features interesting exhibitions, and there is free access to the viewing balcony of the Iittala Glass Factory weekdays from 9 am to 8 pm. The factory is closed 22nd June – 30th July. In the factory shop you can find all Iittala Group´s products from the classics by Iittala, Arabia and Hackman to the products in the modern lines.