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Hame Castle

Kustaa III katu 6 | Helsinki, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland
+358 29 5336932
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Well-renovated castle from Finnish medieval times

Definitely worth a visit! Well renovated - maybe even too well - but remember to visit the few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helsinki, Finland
via mobile
Must see castle in Haemeenlinna

We enjoyed our visit to this interesting castle. Built at the end of the 13th century and located... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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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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Kustaa III katu 6 | Helsinki, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland
+358 29 5336932
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit! Well renovated - maybe even too well - but remember to visit the few small corners that are left closest to their original state, such as the small chamber of treasures in the first floor. In July 2017, upstairs has an...More

Thank EijaMaija
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to this interesting castle. Built at the end of the 13th century and located on the shore of Lake Vanajave, Hame Castle is an outstanding example of Finland's medieval royal castles. During the Middle Ages, Hame began as a fortified camp...More

1  Thank denver60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great historical place not far from the city center. Military museum is next to the Castle. Till the 17.12.2017 "The Pious and the Pagans" exhibition is available as well in the castle. Advise: You can buy Hämeenlinna magnet in the Military museum (there are no...More

Thank Vladimir B
Reviewed 16 June 2017

First off - before you visit this castle, you should know something. Finns don't know how to properly market things or make something into a great spectacle. In another words, branding is something we can do really well, but only, if it's a strong product...More

Thank KatiS_84
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Interesting historic site and castle. Quite small and not too many information boards (no English language either)/very small exhibitions. Worth a visit if you are passing by but not for a detour. About 30-60 minutes is enough for seeing it all. Closes quite early.

Thank Liamola
Reviewed 14 May 2017

So important part of the Finnish history! Well renovated and informative! The park area an the lake around the castle is a great asset!

Thank Juha V
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The castle is uniquely designed compared to Wales, Germany. The interior is pretty bland, but there are interesting exhibits everywhere. You can try on real armor, use a virtual crossbow, etc. There was a really wild modern art chapel set up in the courtyard with...More

Thank Frazier S
Reviewed 2 May 2017

It's interesting to see how the castle has been changed over the years to suit different purposes, but of course this means there's a fair bit of it that's not authentic. We visited in spring so the cafe wasn't open and there wasn't much going...More

Thank cazbeckett
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very interesting location to visit if you are interested in historical castles/locations that have been there from 13th century, visit this one. Beautiful location, good guides. This castle has also been a prison.

Thank Zibra555
Reviewed 26 December 2016

This is a truly amazing and beautiful place to visit. We attended a very memorable wedding at this Castle.

Thank Mudi E
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