As discussed previously, Hanko is one of the peaceful cities in Finland. It’s a perfect escape for people looking for serenity and trying to find peace from the typical hustle and bustle, the noise and the dust. It’s a city where you will feel close to the nature, find harmony with it, wale up to the song of birds and the sound of the rain and simply enjoy your time there.
There are not so many hotels in Hanko but neither there are many incomers. As a rule Finnish tourists choose more active cities and therefore on the whole, the number of Hanko hotels is not large but it’s more than enough. Note that the hotels do not stand out with luxury or expensiveness but they are quite affordable and come with quite humble interior.
We have already talked about what you can do in Hanko and which places you can visit so now we will talk about the monuments and statues you will come across when walking in Hanko.
The history of Hanko almost always includes Russian presence. The entire cape of the city was used as a naval base by the Soviet Union. A garrison of 30 000 men was taken there. As a result, the Soviet Union built fortifications and other building in the city the ruins of which can be still seen there. In this regard, there are also many sites reminding of the war. One of them is the Monument of Pioneers featuring 22 names. Those are the names of the soldiers killed in action and in explosion in 1942.
The Soviet Monument is another war site in Hanko. 453 Soviet soldiers killed in Continuation War are buried close by.
Worth attention is the Monument of Liberty. The monument was erected in 1921 to commemorate the landing of German forces in Hanko in 1918. However, during the course of time the monument was more than once taken down. In 1960 it was erected again with an updated text – “For Our Liberty”.
Between 1880 and 1930 around 400 000 Finnish people and Russians moved to the U.S. Around 250 000 of them passed through Hanko.
Emigration Monument – The monument depicts three cranes flying onto the sea.
Other than these, some of the monuments you will come across in Hanko are:
- The Cloud Woman
- Fish in the Water Tower
- The Guardian Angel
- Sea snake
- Wind from the sea
The majority of these sculptures (Bird, The Cloud Woman) were sculpted by Carl-Gustaf Lilius; a Finnish sculptor born in capital Helsinki in 1928.
If you happen to visit Hanko Museum, which is one of the few and main museums in Hanko, then outside the museum you will find the monument of the Headless Soldier. It’s is erected in the shade of the bushes. (The museum was opened in 1971 and presents the history of Hanko.)
Considering the sizes of this city we are probably done with what you can see there. There is also a spa park with nice wooden villas designed by popular architects. Some of the buildings in the spa park serve as restaurants serving Finnish cuisine. And as usual, we highly recommend that you try Finnish foods and if you have the chance also try to learn several recipes to surprise your relatives when you are back home.
Lastly, have a great time in this quiet corner in Southern Finland and enjoy every moment spent there. And as we said in the beginning, don’t expect too many activities here otherwise you might be disappointed. Expect less and you will be delighted by what it has to offer.