Tavastia Castle or Häme Castle (Finnish: Hämeen linna, Swedish: Tavastehus slott) is a medieval castle in Tavastia Proper, Finland. It is located in Hämeenlinna, the city between Helsinki and Tampere. Originally located on an island, the castle now sits on the coast of lake Vanajavesi. The castle consists of a central keep and surrounding curtain walls, enclosed by a moat. The keep originally had five turrets, but only two are apparent today. The curtain wall has a gatehouse, battlements, an octagonal brick corner turret, and a round gun turret. The lower tiers of the keep and curtain wall are of masoned granite and the upper tiers are red brickwork.Use our Hameenlinna trip app to visit Hame Castle on your trip to Hameenlinna, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Although the exact date is disputed, the castle is generally considered to have been constructed in the 13th century. In addition to its status as a military fortress and home for Swedish nobility, the castle has seen use as a prison, and is currently a museum operated by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities. The castle is one of the main tourist attractions of southern Finland, being the centerpiece of the city and a popular venue for events, including renaissance fairs.
Hame Castle reviews
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. more »
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... more »
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