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Hämeen Linna (Häme Castle)

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Hämeen Linna (Häme Castle) Review

Swedish crusaders began construction on Hämeen Linna in the 13th century to strengthen and defend the Swedish position in the region. What began as a fortified camp evolved over the centuries into a large castle of stone and brick. In modern times, the castle, one of Finland's oldest, has served as a granary and a prison, and it is now restored and open to the public for tours and exhibitions. The castle sits on the lakeshore, 1 km (½ mi) north of Hämeenlinna's town center. Tours in English take place every hour in the summer and are available every hour in winter by appointment only.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Kustaa III:n k. 6, Hämeenlinna, Hämeenlinna, 13100 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/675–6820
  • Cost: €5 includes guided tour
  • Hours: May–mid-Aug., daily 10–6; mid-Aug.–mid-May., weekdays 10–4, weekends 11–4.
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  • Location: Hämeenlinna

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