Hame Castle
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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. The Häme Castle and its redbrick barracks are on the shore of Lake Vanajavesi. The promontary has been a meeting place for centuries, and the walls almost echo the voices from the Middle Ages.
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Kari L
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Hämeen linna is wonderful place to visit if the weather is fine and you don't expect much from the interior furnitures. The guides are very good and there are interesting exhibitions. Those who are used to see medievel tapestries, golden artifices and elaborate wooden furnitures in the castles will be surely dissappointed. The castle is pretty bare. Those interested in Scandinavian (and Russian) history and how people lived in this region in 1700s will get their money's worth.
Written 5 April 2024
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Tapio K
Uusimaa, Finland8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The parking area near Linnanpuisto Park was already full at around 11:30 am when I got there by car, but luckily there were spaces available along the street. However, after the visit at around 2 pm it seemed that most of the nearby spaces around the area were filled.

The castle and the surrounding complex were quite impressive. The base of the castle's massive structures are mostly large gray stones, and the upper parts are built with red bricks which apparently was rare choice for a construction work like this in the medieval times.

Most of the floors and passageways that are open to the visitors were easy and safe to walk. In the inner yard there are heavy wooden doors you can use to access the chambers and the balcony walkway – just close the door after stepping through.

The ticket included a 45-minute tour but it only covered parts of the castle and its towers. During the tour the guide shared curious tidbits about everyday life back in the old days, and explained historic details of the castle. Afterwards, there were many places left to explore and artifacts to examine at your own pace.

Strong recommendation to visit, and also to participate in the guided tour (but do check availability and languages beforehand).
Written 3 August 2023
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ExperiencedTravelers
Los Angeles, CA614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The castle itself is very well preserved. The rooms on the first floor are bare, but the second floor was more interesting. Trying on the armor (not legit, but the same design) was the highlight.

If driving in the area the castle may be worth an hour, no more.
Written 16 June 2023
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Célestine S
La Pesse, France69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Very nice "museum bingo" for children, helping them spot various pieces in the 3 storeys.
Beautiful views to the countryside around.
Written 15 August 2022
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lmsk2014
Helsinki, Finland905 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Häme castle plays an important part in Finnish history. Not big, but plenty to see, including corridoors and winding staircases kids will love.

The castle surroundings are also beautiful. There's also a nice small playground for kids. Free parking.

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You can get a combination ticket for the two other sights that are closely linked with the castle, both historically and geographically: the prison museum and the military museum of the old garrison. The three walk you through lots of interesting history - and is real value for money.
Written 31 October 2021
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Lady Sanna
99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
There was plenry to see, 3 museum in one place. It took 3 hours to explore but We were quite thorough 😅
There was Café in museo Militaria and the Castle. Castle Café has Ok sandwiches and cookies and views outside seats were nice.
We took tour and it was funny and intresting, Thanks for that!
Thinking maybe nice place the arrange some happening ❤️ work or privat
Written 8 August 2021
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TeWe
Helsinki, Finland1,111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Nice castle that is easily accessible by car. Nice surroundings and views too. Renovation has been done in a nice way. Well worth a visit.
Written 12 October 2020
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Ludwig H
Augsburg, Germany27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Very nice castle in Hämeenlinna. The guided tour in English was very informative and the aestetic of the place was quite nice. Sadly most signs were only available in Finnish and Swedish, meaning that foreign tourists miss out on quite some details. Furthermore, the price is quite steep for what you get, considering that the castle itself is quite small. Still worth a visit though, especially if Finnish castles interest you.
Written 26 August 2020
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Niklas Ö
Sammamish, WA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Ancient castle,, from the 1200s. Nicely renovated. Really worthwhile. And exciting for the kids. Strongly recommended. A genuine must see.
Written 10 July 2020
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Merja75
Finland400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Hame castle is one must see places when visiting beautiful city of Hämeenlinna. Free parking close by. Also not far from train station either. Wear a good shoes when visiting there, the yard is uneven and plenty of steps to climb. Summer time guided tours from 10am that takes an hour.
Written 6 July 2020
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