Suomenlinna is a major monument of military architecture. The construction of the sea fortress on the islands just off Helsinki began in the middle of the 18th century. When it was complete, its military shipyard was one of the biggest dry docks in the world and centres of know-how at that time. It was a military base until 1973 when it was turned over the public. Only accessible by ferry, it is now a living museum and about 1,000 people live on the islands.
Hämeenlinna consists of a number of nature trails leading off into the hills giving magnificent views. The town also Hämeenlinna Castle, a former jail, which now houses a number of museums, including an artillery museum displaying various artillery pieces, Foxholes and Gun Placements.
Town between Helsinki and Tampere.
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