• A diver has found a cannon in the sea at Gustavsvärn.

    A diver has found a cannon in the sea at Gustavsvärn.

  • The walls of Gustavsvärn are damaged, but it is still an interesting place to visit.

    The walls of Gustavsvärn are damaged, but it is still an interesting place to visit.

  • Hanko Museum is located near the Eastern Harbour.

    Hanko Museum is located near the Eastern Harbour.

  • Hauensuoli (Gäddtarmen) has a gigantic guest book carved in stone.

    Hauensuoli (Gäddtarmen) has a gigantic guest book carved in stone.

  • The monument at the Russian graveyard reminds us of the latest war in Hanko.

    The monument at the Russian graveyard reminds us of the latest war in Hanko.

  • Love and war meets at the Path of Love.

    Love and war meets at the Path of Love.

  • The battle at Riilahti 1714 became a turning point in the history of Finland.

    The battle at Riilahti 1714 became a turning point in the history of Finland.

Hanko is an interesting destination, no matter if you approach by boat, car or any other vehicle.  The lovely scenery, the beaches and the picturesque views of Hanko is usually what will catch your attention, but many often forget the interesting history of this town. A history based on the exclusive location as an excellent harbor.

Hanko has always been a strategically important location. This has affected the whole history of the town and surroundings where many battles has passed by. The trails of wartime history of Hanko are hundreds of years old and you can still see visible marks from these wars today.

The three maps helps you to explore the war time history of Hanko. You just choose the most appropriate map depending how you arrive to Hanko. Inside Hanko town the easiest way to explore is by biking or walking from one sight to another.

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