Aulanko Nature Reserve
The Aulanko Nature Reserve is located just a five-minute drive from the Hämeenlinna city centre. Its spectacularly beautiful landscapes provided the inspiration for Jean Sibelius' timeless classics, such as the Finlandia hymn. A view of the iconic national landscape from the Aulangonvuori Hill observation tower is one of the most beautiful in all of Southern Finland, bringing more than 400,000 visitors to the region each year. The Aulanko Nature Reserve was founded by Colonel Hugo Standertskjöld in 1883 and the park remains much the same to this day. The observation tower at the top of Aulangonvuori Hill was designed by Waldemar Aspelin. Completed in 1907, the tower is visited by over 100,000 people each year. The tower is open during the summer and there is a free parking area close by.