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Hanko

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The two towers looking toward the Gulf of Finland – the water tower and the church tower

Hanko (Hangö in Swedish) [1] is Finland's southernmost town. It is a major recreational marina with many or most sailboats and motorboats visiting Hanko on their way west towards the Finnish archipelago or eastwards to Helsinki. Hanko is a popular town to visit in summer and a lot of tourism ensures good services and a lot of restaurants in the marina. Hanko is also a major port for exports and imports year around.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

One can get to the Hanko peninsula along highway 25. The town is reached in 1,5 hours from Helsinki so it is suitable for a day trip.

By sea[edit]

Hanko is primarily notable as a port.

The daily car ferry to Rostock, Germany is now operated by Scandlines [2] and has services four times a week.

Navirail[3] offers passenger and car services to Paldiski, Estonia.

Harbor facilities for recreational boats is operating in the summer.

By train or by bus[edit]

There is limited commuter train service from Karjaa, on the main Helsinki-Turku line, or you can opt for a direct bus from either city. All options take roughly two hours.

Get around[edit]

Easiest way around Hanko is on foot or by bike. Most sights and services are close to the city center and the marina. Except during the Hangon Regatta, Taxis are also easily available and parking space is easy to find for own car.

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Bars and restaurants in the boat harbor
  • The House of the four winds.  edit Cafe and a lunch restaurant owned by C. G. E. Mannerheim (a former president of Finland) in the 1920ies. The wooden building has been renovated to its former state. Situated on a beautiful rocky outcrop about 1 kilometer from the center of Hanko.
  • Hanko casino.  edit
  • Bengtskär lighthouse.  edit

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Hanko is best known for its beaches and as the site of the Hangon Regatta yacht race, held yearly in early July. The race draws a large number of spectators and the entire city takes on a festive, sometime rowdy carnival atmosphere.

There are several nice beaches, with beautiful and clean sand, along the shores of the peninsula, especially on its south side. Many of the beaches are perfect for families with small children, as the water is shallow (often only 20 to 40 cm, or around one foot) tens of meters from the shore, and gets reasonably warm on sunny and warm summer days.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Pizzeria Uno.  edit
  • Classic Pizza.  edit
  • Origo. Restaurant with a seafood buffet  edit

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Get out[edit]

As Hanko is situated on a peninsula the only alternatives to get out are back by train or car along highway 25 towards Karjaa or to Germany by ferry.


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