Small military city-port Hamina, city-fortress with ancient history and international fame is situated in the border zone between Finland and Russia. The fortress and the ramparts, which have been kept in excellent condition, remind about the last destination of this city.
Some history of Hamina
Modern Hamina is a well-known tourist center, which offers exciting holidays, filled with ancient warlike spirit.
Sights in Hamina
Ancient fortress, which is surrounded by 3-kilometer rampart, is considered to be the main sight in Hamina. This fortress is well preserved until nowadays. There are Flag tower, Town Hall, Lutheran and Orthodox churches, Aladins’ detached house, Jaeger’s Museum and powder magazine –Art Gallery inside the fortress. The fortress is surrounded by a beautiful park, where you can find a comfortable shaded corner and hide from the summer heat.
City Museum is also worth to visit in Hamina. There were the conversation between Catherine II and King Gustav III.
An interesting place for seeng is the merchant's house-museum, which will acquaint you with the history of merchants’ life at the turn of centuries.
Reserve Officer School and the museum there will tell about the former military history of Hamina. You’ll be able to see different exhibits of city military life there: weapons, military uniforms, photographs and diaries.
Fighting spirit and tradition of Hamina are demonstrated during the international festival of military music “Hamina Tattoo”.
Tourist should pay their attention to the Town Hall with old clock, made by Kenny (1798), to the Orthodox Church of Peter and Paul, to the Lutheran Church of St. John and the Museum of Russian samovars, which are located on the Town Hall Square in Hamina.
Rest in Hamina
There is a guest boat dock in the passenger port Tervassaari. You can book the boat cruises to the islands of the Gulf of Finland there. Harsh, but very beautiful nature of those places has created the paradisal corners for fishermen.
Shopping in Hamina
Shopping in Hamina will leave good impressions. Cheap store “LIDL” is very popular among Finns as well as Russians and other tourists. There is the wide choice of food and constantly renewed range of industrial goods, clothing and footwear.
You’ll be able to buy clothing and footwear, household goods, tools, cosmetics and perfumes at affordable prices in “ROBINHOOD”.
You should also visit the store of good fashion clothing “SEPPALA”.
There are many other shops and some banks near the central square in Hamina.