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Hämeenlinna is the regional center of Kanta-Häme at the intersection of the Helsinki-Tampere motorways. It is the oldest inland city in Finland, founded by Peter Brahe on the shores of Vanajavesi. Hämeenlinna is full of things to see and do for lovers of local tourism. The nature and water everywhere are in harmony with the culture. You cannot visit Hämeenlinna without visiting the three museums of Linnaniemi, the pearl of Hämeenlinna in Aulanko or the village of Iittala and the Verkatehdas.
The most famous landmark of Hämeenlinna is the medieval Häme Castle, which rises on the shores of Vanajavesi. It is the best preserved of the brick castles in the Nordic countries. It is one of Linnaniemi’s three museums and forms a unique cultural and architectural-historical entity. You can explore the castle and its exhibitions either on a guided tour or independently.
In addition to the castle, the prison museum is the Linnaniemi Museum. It is not only the largest prison museum in Finland but also the largest prison museum in Europe. The Prison Exhibition presents spaces, cells and objects that tell of the harsh language of everyday life in prison. The authentic facilities of the last prison era are definitely worth seeing.
Iittala in Hämeenlinna is a village of handicrafts, design and art as well as magnificence. There are four museums: Design Iittala, the Iittala glass factory, the naive in Iittala and the naive Art Station, several shops and the restaurant Taika. The history of the Iittala glass factory is on display in five exhibitions at the Design Museum.
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 to the servants’ kitchen. The museum is located in the north-east corner of the city centre in an area with lots of period houses. Admission fee includes a guided tour. These are held every 30 minutes.
Sibelius’ birthplace is decorated the way it was in Sibelius’ childhood. The exhibition features furniture, documents, photographs and small objects that tell about Jean Sibelius’ boyhood and Hämeenlinna of the era. Chamber concerts are held regularly in the hall of the birthplace.
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