Hanko Journals

Hanko - Finland's Most Southerly Town

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A September 2007 trip to Hanko by fizzytom

Front Museum (The) Photo, Hanko, Finland More Photos
Quote: Two days spent in this charming little seaside town - in the off season!

An Introduction to Hanko

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A Hanko Seascape Photo, Hanko, Finland
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According to the town's tourist board "the sun always shines in Hanko" - so that's why I sweated all night while the hotel room radiator blasted out heat as I tried to dry my rain soaked clothes! The truth is that while the sun does not ALWAYS shine in Hanko it's a beautiful town that really deserves a visit if you are ever in the south of Finland - or the southern part of Sweden for that matter because the two are incredibly close at this point. Hanko - known in Swedish (and this part of Finland is predominantly Swedish rather than Finnish speaking - not that I have much of an understanding of either) as Hango - is about two hours drive from Helsinki.Hanko has a population of ...Read More

The Watertower Viewpoint

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Attraction | "A Watery Viewpoint"

The Water Tower, Hanko - a water-filled alien Photo, Hanko, Finland
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This striking orange tower stands 65 m above sea level. It took on it's current appearance having been rebuilt in 1942 when the previous one was wrecked by the Soviet Army. It's stark yet striking design makes it appear almost alien like - perhaps a giant creature with very long legs!Given that it has all these observation points and decks to go out onto you'd be forgiven for thinking this tower no longer holds water -but it is still very much in use.You will get a fantastic view in all directions over the cape of Hanko and the Baltic Sea. There is a lift to the top and a telescope. Taking in the view from the water tower is especially popular when there are sailing races takin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2009

Hanko's Russian villas Photo, Hanko, Finland
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One of the prettiest sights in Hanko must surely be the wooden Russian style villas built at the end of the nineteenth century. Finland was, at the time, a Grand Duchy under the control of Russia. Russian nobles would come to spend their holidays in Hanko and had these imposing houses built for that purpose.There are so many of these magnificent houses that the area on the coast to the east of the centre is known as "Spa Park". Several of the houses are now converted in bed and breakfast accommodation of fully fledged hotels but you can still stroll around the area and get a feel for what the place would have been like when Hanko was THE fashionable place for rich Russians to holiday. The ...Read More

Pensionat Garbo B&B￿

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Hotel | "Do you Vaant to be Alone?"

Pensionat Garbo B&B Photo, Hanko, Finland
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When you read about the idea for the theme of this bed and breakfast sounds pretty good. The reality is a little different but all things considered this isn't a bad little place to stay. According to the guidebook we had the place had a "golden age of Hollywood" theme - this turned out to be mostly photpcopied black and white pictures of old movie stars on the doors of the rooms and a few dog eared ones in the room too. I don't like to sound mean but it would perhaps be better if they hadn't bothered.The location is not bad, five minutes from the bus and train station, another five minutes walk brings you to the town centre and another five to the harbour and beach. There is a supermarket...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2008

Pensionat Garbo B&B￿
Esplanaadi 84
Hanko
+358 40 542 1732

Alan's Cafe

Restaurant | "Delicious Coffee and Cakes at Alan's"

Alan's Cafe, Hanko Photo, Hanko, Finland
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Alan's Cafe might sound like a dodgy British greasy spoon cafe but its actually a gorgeous little coffee shop housed in a delightful white timber house, called Villa Orman, the typical coastal style in this part of Finland.There are only a couple of tables, you can sit outside in the gorgeous garden too; the garden is full of flowers and fruit trees and leads down to the sea - probably the prettiest spot in Hanko!When you go in its not obviuos where to go, sometimes the door to the seating area is closed but try the door. There is a table laden with all kinds of beautiful cream cakes, scones and cheesecakes - all homemade. The coffee is ready made and kept warm, the waitress wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Front Museum (The)

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Attraction | "The Front Museum"

Front Museum (The) Photo, Hanko, Finland
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Sometimes it pays to take a chance. Strictly speaking the Front Museum in Lappohja in Southern Finland should have been closed for the winter when we visited the area in September 2007; mid-September onwards is very much seen as the "off season" for most attractions in Finland. We enquired at the Hanko tourist information office anyway. The tourist officer contacted the curator of the museum and arranged an appointment for us to visit the Front Museum later that day. The Museum is situated on Road 25 which runs between the towns of Karjaa and Hanko. There is some parking here and across the highway towards Hanko there is small service station where parking may also be possible. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2008

Front Museum (The)
Esikunnankatu 10
Hanko
+358 (0) 19 244 3068

Roxx

Attraction | "Free Internet Access at Roxx"

Roxx, Hanko Photo, Hanko, Finland
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In the small town of Hanko, Roxx fulfils a number of functions. In the day time it's a cafe-bar. In the evenings it's bar open until the early hours, often with live music. In summer there is sometimes karaoke in the bar.We visited during the day, in the off season (September!) and were delighted to find free internet access. As you would expect there's a full range of drinks and the coffee is very good. There are light meals and snacks like soup, burgers and sandwiches. The staff were friendly and chatty and spoke good English.In the warmer weather there is a pleasant outside terrace with lots of seating, a good place to sit with a beer, overlooking the harbour.One...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2008