Guided tours and walks with a special theme
Architecture walk in Hanko
The city of Hanko was established in 1874 as Finland needed a winter harbour. The city grew at a rapid pace and the winter harbour and Finland’s finest spa made Hanko the city of the future. Well-known architects such as Lars Sonck, Theodor Höjer, Jac Ahrenberg, Valdemar Aspelin and Armas Lindgren designed buildings in Hanko. In 1955 Hyvon Kudeneule Ltd was established in Hanko in a factory building designed by Viljo Revell. In the same year the building was voted the world’s most beautiful factory building by an Italian architecture magazine.
The Orthodox Church
Because of the many Russian spa guests the Orthodox Church built in Hanko in 1895. The Church was designed by architect Barankejev. Spa guests also donated most of the icons and the inventory of the church. During the Soviet military base period 1940-1941 the church was a club room, but it was spared from major damage. In 1960 Ina and Tito Colliander and minister Repo and his wife arrived in Hanko to renovate the church. At the time Ina Colliander made the glass mosaics in the bases of the domes. A visit to the church can be included in a sightseeing tour.
The Hanko of Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala was born in Hanko in 1915. His father Ilmari Wirkkala was the creative director of the stone industrial company Graniitti Ltd. Based on hearsay the future master of form had cried so hard when he was born that it was heard all over the neighbourhood. Later on Tapio Wirkkala and his wife Rut Bryk used to come to Hanko to wash their carpets. The Hanko city art collection includes Ilmari Wirkkala’s oil paintings of the Eastern Harbour sluice room and the spa.
The guided tour can be booked in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French and Russian.
2018: 1.5 h / 90 euros and every further hour 60 euros (half an hour 30 euros). An extra language fee (15%) is charged in case the guidance is requested to be made in two languages. Am. prices are only for the guidance and do not include the transport.
Invoicing and cancellations
The guidance is to be paid per invoice after the guidance.
We have the right to charge the full cost in case of no-show or if the booked services are cancelled later than 2 days before date of arrival.
Hanko Tourist Office / Oy Hansea dc Ab
Raatihuoneentori 5, 10900 Hanko
tel. +358 (0)19 2203 411