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The City of Hämeenlinna

Hämeenlinna is a traditional and vibrant educational and cultural town at the junction of nationally important rail, road and waterway network.

Living up to its vision, Hämeenlinna is a lively, beautiful and pleasant beach town in Southern Finland, which strives for sustainable development and offers visitors and citizens a variety of services.

The City of Hämeenlinna was founded in 1639. Hämeenlinna presents the ideal combination of nature and culture. 375 years old, the city is full of historical sights and surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

The Birth Place of Jean Sibelius

The city's landmark is its medieval red brick castle.

Hämeenlinna is also famous for its unique Aulanko Park and as the birthplace of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

The Jubilee year of Sibelius 150

The year 2015 marks the 150th jubilee year of Finnish master composer Jean Sibelius. Hämeenlinna, Sibelius´s birthplace, will be a local point for celebrations. That is why Hämeenlinna is The World Capital of Sibelius.

The jubilee year will be split into five seasons:

  • Sibelius winter,
  • Sibelius spring,
  • Sibelius summer,
  • Sibelius autumn and
  • Sibelius birthplace.

See the Sibelius concerts and events in Hämeenlinna at 

There is also a new Sibelius Center and a web shop in Hämeenlinna city centre (Palokunnankatu 9). There you can buy Sibelius related art, music and craft. See more..

During the course of twelve months, an extensive programme of Sibelius´s works will be performed. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy music ranging from his grand symphonies to miniatures for the piano, all of them showcasing the unique genius of Finland´s most notable composer. Read more about Sibelius..

There are several Sibelius-related cultural sites and events in the city of Hämeenlinna.

Today, Hämeenlinna enjoys a vibrant commercial and artistic life. Among its best-known output are beautiful and valuable design products. A stroll down Raatihuoneenkatu street sampling the city's sights, restaurants and boutiques, will give the visitor a first taste of this historical city.

Shopping Centre Goodman

A centralized shopping area with hotels and apartments will be constructed on the western side of the city on top of the highway. The town center is expanding to the Southern Bank area and the plans are well underway.

 Information about the motorway being covered by deck in Hämeenlinna. The Shopping Centre Goodman.

The Olympic Games 1952 area of Ahvenisto

There are also plans for utilizing the swimming pool and the surrounding areas of Ahvenisto, which were part of the Olympic Games in 1952.


New living areas are under constant construction and business areas are continuously expanded.

Photos of Hämeenlinna

See more photos of Hämeenlinna in Flickr.

Asiasanat: In English, Hämeenlinna, hameenlinna, history, Aulanko, Sibelius
Viimeksi muokattu: 20.1.2015