Top things to do in Häme

Top Choice Church in Häme

Hattulan Pyhän Ristin

Dating from the early 1300s, this Gothic-style church in a walled churchyard has an interior filled with fabulous naive frescoes created in the early 16th century. Well preserved, these tell the key stories of the B…
Top Choice Castle in Hämeenlinna


Hämeenlinna means Häme Castle, so it’s no surprise that this bulky, twin-towered, red-brick fortress is the town’s pride and most significant attraction. Construction was begun in the 1260s by the Swedes, who wanted…
Top Choice Bistro in Lahti

Bistro Popot

Chef Andrew Smith learned his craft in the UK, France and Switzerland before relocating to Finland and wowing Lahti with his modern seasonally driven cuisine. His menu roams Europe and ventures occasionally into Asi…
Top Choice Cafe in Lahti

Kahvila Oskari

An intoxicating aroma of sugar and spices greets patrons as they enter this cute cafe in an old-timer house, making it almost obligatory to order a bun, brownie or indulgently rich slice of cake with your tea and co…
Top Choice Museum in Hämeenlinna

Palanderin Talo

Finland loves its house-museums and this is among the best, offering a wonderful insight into well-off 19th-century Finnish life, thanks to excellent English-speaking guided tours. There’s splendid imperial and art-…
Top Choice Architecture in Lahti


Designed by acclaimed Finnish architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula, the spectacular extension to Lahti's main concert venue opened in 2000 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant local architec…
Top Choice Finnish in Hämeenlinna


This fairytale-style ‘gingerbread house’ was built in 1907 for merchant August Skogster, whose department store was next door, and it is now home to the town's best restaurant. The interior still has a warm, domesti…
Music in Lahti

Sibelius Festival

Lahti's headline cultural festival presents performances by Sinfonia Lahti, the city's famous symphony orchestra. Performances are staged in the Sibeliustalo and festival dates change each year.
Park in Hämeenlinna


North of the town centre, this central-European-style park with ponds, swans, pavilions, a granite fortress and exotic trees was created early in the 20th century by Hugo Standertskjöld. Modern additions include a s…
Church in Lahti


Construction of this fourth and final church designed by Alvar Aalto was completed in 1978, two years after his death. Though showcasing his signature design style (light-saturated interior, windows overlooking gree…