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MayDay – a collective dip in the historic spa town

MayDay is a fun event to start the summer, kicking off the national swimming season with a collective dip in Hanko. In consideration of the town´s old spa traditions, a number of reconstructions of Hanko´s traditional and iconic changing huts from different eras will be revealed.

You can also expect traditional festive speeches, horn music, vintage bathing suits, a wonderful exhibition on Hanko´s Spa traditions and two guided walks in the center of town. The highlight of the day is when the old villas in the Spa Park open their doors and invite you for a visit.

 

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May Day- yhteispulahdus Hangossa

MayDay- opening ceremony

MayDay 2017 kicks off the national bathing season with a collective dip in Hanko. MayDay leads the bathing nation straight into the welcoming, refreshing Sea with a festive takeoff. The festivities  start in the Casino park 27.5 at 12 PM, led by horn music. Town mayor Dennis Strandell will hold the opening speech, and hosting the guided tour is Therese von Julin, born at the end of the 19th century. In consideration of the town´s old spa traditions, a number of reconstructions of Hanko´s traditional and iconic changing huts from different eras will be revealed.

You can also expect traditional festive speeches, horn music and vintage bathing suits. Surely you´ll join us for a dip?

The event is free.

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Visit an old villa in the Spa Park

Visit the lovely villas in the Spa Park at 12-15. The following villas are open to the public:

Villa Maija, Appelgrenintie 7

Villa Tellina, Appelgrenintie 2

Villa Thalatta, Appelgreningtie 1

Villa Solgård, Tähtikuja 4

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100 years of independent bathing

The historical spa life in Hanko belongs to the most mythical and beloved periods in the history of the town. Hanko is so strongly associated with spa life that the glamorous picture has survived a break of several decades. Hanko is once again becoming a spa town after a break of 80 years when Regatta Spa opens on Tehtaanniemi in 2017.

Up until the second world war, it was considered to be the nation´s most stylish and modern spa; this was also the era of the health baths. In the 1920´s and 30´s, sunbathing became widely popular, and this modern beach life time period is perhaps the main thing associated with the image of a carefree spa- and vacation life in Hanko.

The opening takes place in Villa Tellina at 1 PM. Villa Tellina´s hostess Mira Haahti will declare the exhibition open. The exhibition is put together by the Hanko museum. Free entry.

Location: Villa Tellina, Appelgrenintie 2

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Guided tour in the Spa Park

“The memories of the bathhouse time in Hanko, especially before First World War, sounds like a chapter in a novel. All rich, beautiful Russian women were princesses with a courting own little hoof. Perfume scent in the Spa Park was so dense that it impregnated tree trunks. Statesmen, princes, counts and barons visited the resort and the most famous artists of the time performed in here. The silk rustled, fine lace tilted, little feet in patent leather shoes skipped among the pine roots and the August moon shone over who knows what kind of romances and tragedies.” From the book of Hanko public baths “Pearl of Great Price” by Birgitta Ekstrom Söderlund.

The guided tours to the Spa Park villas remind us about life during the Grand Duchy time and life under bathhouse resort’s heyday. The Villas with their decorative wooden ornaments represent an unique chapter in the history of the town.

Tickets: Tourist Office webshop
Price: 10 euro for adults,  children under 16 years for free
Start: Villa Tellina, Appelgrenintie 2
Guide: Leena Immonen
Time: 27.5. at 13.30-15

Note! This guided tour is in Finnsh and/or Swedish. This walk can be booked for groups throughout the year also in English.
Bookings from Hanko Tourist Office, tel. +358 (0)19 2203 411, tourist.office@hanko.fi

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Guided architecture walk

For a young town Hanko can show a surprising wealth of interesting historic architecture. Within the reach of a walking tour of the town centre you will find works by nationally renowned architects such as Theodor Höijer, Lars Sonck, Selim A Lindqvist, Waldemar Aspelin, Wivi Lönn, and Viljo Revell. Come along on a guided walk and let the unique buildings come to life!

Tickets: Tourist office webstore
Price: 10 euro for adults, free for children under 16 years
Start: Hanko Casino, Appelgrenintie 10
Guide: Yrjö Sahlstedt
Time: 27.5 at 10.30-12

Note! This guided tour is in Finnsh and/or Swedish. The product can be booked for groups throughout the year also in English.
Bookings from Hanko Tourist Office, tel. +358 (0)19 2203 411, tourist.office@hanko.fi