I spent one autumnal day of September in the city of Hämeenlinna, Finland. I've rarely been visiting old castles and this visit surprised by beauty of ancient castle and nature. I got acquainted with the history of the castle, climbed the narrow stairs in the walls and towers of the castle.
Häme Castle, a medieval castle in Hämeenlinna, Finland is currently a museum operated by the Finnish Heritage Agency.
The Castle was built during the late 13th century to serve as military base in the border zone between Sweden and Russia. The Russian Novgorod Chronicle only mentions one castle in 1311, its description matching well with this castle. The first castle was made of gray stone, and later bricks were used. At the end of the Middle ages the castle was governed by Sweden.
I liked a beautiful view of the lake, the moat and the surroundings that opened from the narrow windows of the tower.
In addition to its status as a military fortress and home for Swedish nobility, the castle has seen use as a prison from 1837 to 1953.
The museum presents statues of medieval knights that were located in some ceremonial halls of the castle. There were even clothes of people of those years that visitors could try on. I tried on - the clothes were much shorter than me. Probably people in the Middle Ages were smaller than we are now.
During the Middle Ages the original fortified camp was built for its commandant.
The medieval castle of Häme was originally located on the island. The island has been connected to the coast for centuries, and now the castle is located on the shores of Lake Vanajavesi, Finland. Lake Vanajavesi is one of Finland's largest lakes and is very popular.
The main castle is now presented as a historical monument and has been a museum since 1988.
What do you think of visiting the old medieval castle? What do you expect to see there?