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Tavastia Proper is a historical region located at the very heart of Southern Finland within an hour’s drive from Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. This is a perfect place to get a feel of the real Finland, especially since it is easy to reach from both the Helsinki city centre and airport. A medieval castle, picturesque Finnish nature, lakes, nature parks, cliffs, old railway, historic and contemporary museums, the best golf courses and, naturally, famous local specialities – set your mind on a vacation, which will carry you away.

In Tavastia, everything is a stone’s throw away, which makes it ideal for independent tourism. Moreover, if you choose Tavastia as your destination, you will be near the most interesting places in Southern Finland. Medieval Hämeenlinna will charm you with its rich history, Forssa with its green parks and forests, Riihimäki with glassblowing and industrial traditions, and Janakkala with breathtaking wood paths winding between lakes, moors and cliffs. Your adventure begins!

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from Helsinki, Turku and Tampere

10,000 ha

of parks and nature preserves

70 km

from Helsinki


first mention of Häme Castle


Learn more about the three regions of Tavastia, and what they have to offer.

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hämeenlinna region

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Riihimäki region

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