Hameenlinna Sights and Landmarks Guide, Finland
Hameenlinna is a city and municipality located in the heart of Hame in south of Finland. The major attraction of the city is its medival Hame castle which located on the Lake Vanajavesi coast. The must see things in Hameenlinna, Finland include:
Hame Castle: It is the major attraction in Hameenlinna to which guided tours are also made available. It is a red brick castle built in medieval times which has now turned into a museum and major venue for some of the city’s events. Other museums are also next to the castle including the prison museum and a large park area called Linnanpuisto is also located between the city and the castle.
Aulanko: Originally, it is one of the natural parks in the city with great sights to see. It has been equipped with late 18th century observation tower, artificial ponds, rare plant species and other stone buildings. Today, many services including several outdoor activities and accommodation options are also provided by the area.
Tank museum of Parola: Located only a few miles north of the city, it is a real treat for those who are interested in fine military equipments.
Holy Cross Church of Parola: Located north of the city, it is a medieval gothic type of church mostly built of red bricks. Inside the church, there are several sculptures and paintings worth seeing.
Ahvenisto Ridge: It is a beautiful ridge area located in the western part of the city. Appara, the beach of lake Ahvenisto, is one of the popular hanging out places especially during summers. It has a swimming area in which some of the 1952 Olympics swimming competitions were held. The ridge area is also equipped with jogging paths, skiing paths and racing tracks that are a treat for visitors. Many sporting events are also held here every year.
The birth place of the great composer, Jean Sibelius is also present in the city as a museum. It tells about the legend’s childhood life at the age of 11 years. The old house made of wood has been conserved between modern big buildings.
Aulanko has various activities on offer including spas, golf courses, riding stables and tennis courts.
If you are more interested in spending your night out, then there are various night clubs, rock bars and pubs located around the market square area.
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