Palanderin Talo

Top choice in Häme

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-nouveau furniture as well as delicate little touches including a double-sided mirror to spy on street fashion, and a set of authentic children’s drawings from the period.

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1. Hämeenlinnan kirkko

0.17 MILES

Dating from 1798, this church in the town centre was designed by Louis Jean Depréz, court painter for King Gustav III of Sweden, and is modelled on the…

2. Sibeliuksen syntymäkoti


Composer Johan Julius Christian (Jean) Sibelius was born in Hämeenlinna in 1865 and was schooled here, but the town makes surprisingly little fuss about…

3. Museo Skogster


The ground floor of this newly opened museum in the former Skogster Department Store has a small theatrette where an excellent short film about the…

4. Vankilamuseo

0.33 MILES

Häme Castle's old cellblock, last used in 1993, has been converted into a prison museum where you can visit a solitary confinement cell or see graffiti…

5. Hämeenlinna

0.36 MILES

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…

6. Hämeenlinnan Taidemuseo

0.37 MILES

Housed in a former granary designed by CL Engel, the town gallery holds an interesting collection of Finnish art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Notable…

7. Museo Militaria

0.43 MILES

There are numerous museums devoted to Finnish involvement in WWII, but this takes the cake. It’s huge. There are three floors packed with war memorabilia,…

8. Aulanko

1.86 MILES

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…